It’s always exciting when a car company as famous and prestigious as Ferrari unveils a one-off model. It happened in 2006 with the Ferrari P4/5 Pininfarina, based on the Enzo, and it occurred in 2020 when Lamborghini announced the Egoista. Now, Ferrari has done it again. On Thursday, it revealed an impressive one-off grand tourer called the BR20 based on the GTC4Lusso, a discontinued four-seater coupe.
What was the Ferrari GTC4Lusso?
The GTC4Lusso could have either a 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 or a 680-hp 6.3-liter V12, which propelled the car to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and topped the car out at 207 mph. All told, the GTC4Lusso was a fantastic car. It had plenty of space inside for passengers and cargo and absolutely wailed on the street. The 3.9-liter V8 pumped out 602 horsepower, so there was really no bad choice in terms of powertrain. However, it wasn’t the most amazing-looking sports car. Its wide grille gave the car a toothy smile, and the angry headlights lent the car a look of insanity. Otherwise, it was a simple liftback sports car with a hideous rear end that almost made the car resemble a station wagon. The Ferrari BR20 fixes all of that.
BR20 is a GTC4Lusso after corrective surgery
Ferrari did away with the vertical station wagon-rear hatch and made it a fastback. Ferrari peppered the BR20 with stunning accents that blend seamlessly with the rest of the car’s style, and the front looks more like a shark with an open jaw, ready to swallow whatever it’s up against. Subdued hood vents perched on either end of the hood dictate a sense of mystery and complexity. The BR20 maximizes downforce through an active diffuser underneath the rear bumper.
The BR20’s interior is full of brown leather and wood trim, which looks old-fashioned. It’s a stark contrast to the exterior. All the familiar refinements are still present, like yellow Ferrari logos and gauges, but there’s simply too much brown. The seats, however, look like the most comfortable seats ever built. A small wood shelf storage area replaced the rear seats that would have been present in the GTC4Lusso.
Why did Ferrari make the BR20?
Ferrari apparently built this car to one person’s vision. They were reportedly heavily involved in the process, and Ferrari has not revealed who they are nor how much the car costs. Beyond its looks, the Ferrari BR20 uses custom exhaust tips, all-wheel drive, and 20-inch diamond-finish wheels. It retains the GTC4Lusso’s 6.3-liter V12, and thanks to its aerodynamics, there’s no reason to think the BR20 can’t go faster. Of course, we won’t know for a while, if ever, why the client wanted this car or what they will use it for.
Ferrari almost never fails to disappoint. Producing some of the most beautiful and iconic cars in history is its MO, and even after all these decades, it hasn’t missed a beat.