When we drove the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso in Italy back in July, we were impressed by its 680bhp, 697Nm naturally aspirated V12, although we found its exhaust note to be rather disappointing. With a 0-100kph time of 3.4sec, 0-200kph in 10sec, and a top speed of 335kph, it is quicker and faster than the FF it replaced.

However, with downsizing being the mantra now, Maranello is introducing a new, smaller but turbocharged engine to the model. Called the GTC4 Lusso T, it will be powered by a 3.9-litre V8, making it the first four-seater in Ferrari’s history to sport a turbocharged V8 engine. To be officially unveiled at the Paris motor show, the GTC4 Lusso T’s eight-cylinder engine is based on the same block that powers the awesome 488 GTB. Here, it makes an impressive 602bhp, and 760Nm of torque. That’s 78 horses less than the 6.3-litre V12’s but a massive 63Nm more of twist. Even in performance, it’s almost as good as the V12 variant, with the 3.5 second time to do 0-100kph being only a tenth of a second slower than the larger sibling’s. The top speed of 320kph, however, is 15kph lower.

Weighing in at 1,740kg, the turbocharged GTC4 Lusso is 50kg lighter than the V12 model. While the earlier model’s weight distribution ratio was 47:53 front-back, the turbo, with a rear-wheel drive only layout, has a slightly different ratio of 46:54. The car’s dynamic control systems have been specially calibrated for even more responsiveness, with the rear-wheel steering function, which is integrated with Side Slip Control (SSC3), now offering even better response to driver inputs while entering and exiting corners.

Ferrari also claims the V8 turbo’s characteristics will suit “day-to-day driving in urban contexts,” and that acceleration will be smooth and linear with virtually no turbo lag thanks to variable torque curves between third and seventh gears.

There are no changes to the GTC4 Lusso T’s styling though, which remains the same as the V12-powered four-seater GT.