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What is a Ferrari 456 GT Venice?
As its name suggests, the Ferrari 456 GT Venice utilizes the 456 GT coupe as its base. Under the hood lives a naturally-aspirated 5.5-liter V12 pushing out 436 hp and 406 lb-ft. All of that power goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.
As you might imagine, getting Ferrari to build you a station wagon is no small feat. According to Hagerty, Pininfarina designed this unique wagon, completing the project around the mid-1990s. Each of the six examples reportedly cost the Sultan of Brunei $1.5 million. In contrast, the standard model had an original sticker price of $215,000.
Although no official figures exist, the Ferrari 456 GT Venice differentiated itself mostly from the original car, thanks to its extended wheelbase. The extra development cost and design are likely why Ferrari gave it such a massive price tag. Additionally, this is likely why there was a small batch of them rather than just one example.
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Ferrari GTC4Lusso TProduction years: 2017 to 2020Price: $317,830 (2018, as-tested sticker price)Cargo volume: Up to 28 cubic feetWorst year: N/AYou will not find a better-looking station wagon than the GTC4Lusso T. The GTC4Lusso T has the sharp design Ferrari is known for, with an eye toward practicality not normally associated with the brand. The GTC4Lusso T has enough room for four passengers and their luggage—plus, its rear seats can also fold down for additional cargo space. The GTC4Lusso T is no slouch under the hood either. “T” stands for the car’s 3.9-liter turbocharged 602-horsepower V8 engine. Ferrari claims the GTC4Lusso T can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 199 mph.
Ferrari 456 GT VeniceProduction years: 1990sPrice: $1.5 millionCargo volume: UnknownWorst year: N/ALittle is known about the Ferrari 456 GT Venice. Modeled on the 456 GT coupe, Ferrari built the Venice as a custom station wagon for the Sultan of Brunei. The sultan reportedly bought six 456 GT Venices at a cost of $1.5 million each. The Venice builds on the 456 GT base with a shooting brake design, with rear doors and roof extension for extra interior space. Its engine is a 5.5-liter, 436-horsepower V12 capable of cranking out 406 lb-ft of torque.The six 456 GT Venices purchased by the Sultan of Brunei have been little seen over the past two decades, though they are believed to still be in his family’s collection. A seventh 456 GT Venice test model was reportedly sold to a British collector.MORE: The price of a 4 door Ferrari
The GTC4Lusso’s magnificent 6.3-liter V12 harks back to the GT Ferraris of old, with a lofty red line of 8,250 rpm, something you’ll want to exploit at every opportunity. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox controls shifts with lightning speed when you’re giving it the beans, but at lower speeds, it can be a little slow to react. Leaving the car in Sport mode and changing gears yourself fixes this problem, and with adaptive dampers as standard, ride quality is befitting of a grand tourer such as this was designed to be. Thanks to rear-wheel steering, a system debuted on the F12, turn-in at low speeds is brilliant. However, this car’s system is different from that of the F12, as power is sent to all four wheels at speeds below 124 mph. After that, the GTC4Lusso is rear-wheel-drive only. The result is a vehicle that can take on slippery roads en route to your favorite ski resort and also provide outstanding traction when you’re threading corners together. In the right conditions, 0-62 mph will be dispatched in 3.4 seconds, with top speed arriving at 208 mph.
Despite being a more practical Ferrari, there are no compromises in the GTC4Lusso. Perfectly stitched leather is liberally applied to almost every panel, with the exception of those that already feature carbon fiber or brushed aluminum. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are simply incredible, and with the inclusion of modern features like a passenger touch display to supplement the main 10.25-inch touchscreen, the blend between timeless elegance and modern innovation is as seamless as the cow-hide on the dash and headlining. A configurable cluster blends analog and digital displays, while the multi-function steering wheel first seen on the 458 is further enhanced to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Dual-zone climate control and heated front seats add to the quality and comfort of the gorgeous cabin.
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Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Ferrari offers a comprehensive warranty and maintenance program, as one would come to expect from a high-end supercar maker. The company’s limited and powertrain warranties match the coverage of its chief rival, Lamborghini. Ferrari, however, one ups Lamborghini with seven years of complimentary maintenance, a service most automakers don’t offer.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 3 years or unlimited miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance covers 7 years or unlimited miles
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door hatchback BASE PRICE: $260,750 ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection Displacement: 235 cu in, 3855 cc Power: 602 hp @ 7500 rpm Torque: 561 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 117.7 in Length: 193.8 in Width: 78.0 in Height: 54.4 in Cargo volume: 16 cu ft Curb weight (C/D est): 4150 lb PERFORMANCE (C/D EST): Zero to 60 mph: 3.5 sec Zero to 100 mph: 7.9 sec Standing ¼-mile: 11.5 sec Top speed: 199 mph EPA FUEL ECONOMY: Combined/city/highway: 17/15/21 mpg