Pour one out for one of the most distinctive yet most versatile Ferraris ever, the GTC4 Lusso.

The shapely shooting brake is ending production as the Italian automaker makes way for its first SUV – but just don’t call it an SUV!

In a statement, Ferrari told CarExpert, “In accordance with its five-year model strategy announced in 2017 and the company’s standard model life cycle, Ferrari has phased out production of the GTC4Lusso and GTC4Lusso T.”

There will be a replacement of sorts in the form of the upcoming Purosangue (“pure blood”) crossover, which is expected to arrive in 2022. We expect it to be considerably taller, however, and it’ll likely add a couple of doors.

The Purosangue will also use a new front-engine platform architecture and offer a choice of petrol and hybrid powertrains.

If the idea of a high-riding Ferrari is anathema to you, the Prancing Horse brand offers another front-engine grand tourer in the shape of the new Roma.

The GTC4 Lusso was introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the similarly-shaped FF, and was subsequently joined by the GTC4 Lusso T.

The two shooting brakes differ markedly in their powertrains. Like its predecessor, the GTC4 Lusso is all-wheel drive and packs a naturally-aspirated 6.3-litre V12 engine with 507kW of power and 697Nm of torque, while the GTC4 Lusso T uses a twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine with 449kW of power and 760Nm of torque.

The GTC4 Lusso has a 0-100km/h time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 335km/h while the GTC4 Lusso T is only fractionally slower, dashing to 100km/h from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of 320km/h.

The fact that it has a 450L luggage space and rear seats that fold down – or that it has rear seats, period – makes the GTC4Lusso easily the most practical Ferrari ever made. The availability of all-wheel drive traction also makes it more accessible to buyers.

William Stopford

William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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