In what is considered the golden age of Ferrari in South Africa, and in the wake of the elegant release of the GTC4Lusso, we teamed up with Scuderia Johannesburg to showcase the brand’s success in our country. How does one begin to improve on the GTC4Lusso’s unique versatility and allure? By putting it in the hands of another quintessential beauty: South African television gem, Mampho Brescia!
You may recognise her as Zanele from Jacob’s Cross, or Iris from Isibaya. Mampho Brescia’s characters tend to be headstrong, independent women – characteristics she feels reflect the “recent emancipation of the modern woman in South African society”. Mampho, herself a modern businesswoman, has just launched a range of educational toys via her company, Let’s Learn Toys. Mampho Brescia perfectly mirrors the elegance and versatility of the GTC4Lusso. Her taste for all things Italian goes beyond cars and couture, though. She has been married to Italian born Nicola Brescia, whose lineage stems from Puglia, for over a decade now, and believes there are fundamental similarities between Italian and South African culture. “The importance of family, the boisterous warmth and love in the people, and of course a love for good food and good company are just some of the things that bring us together.”
The New Era of Ferrari in South Africa
What was for over 40 years known as Viglietti Motors, home of Ferrari in South Africa, was in 2015 rebranded as Scuderia South Africa. With branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, the Scuderia Ferrari premises offer state of the art showrooms and workshop facilities.
The Italian automaker sold a total of 94 Prancing Horse models last year. While this number doesn’t sound monumental at first, it’s actually a significant indicator of Ferrari’s rising sales figures in South Africa. Considering that the most affordable car retails at R4.3 million, 94 sales is no insignificant feat. This undeniable growth in popularity of Maranello’s finest in Mzansi marks a new era for the brand, especially when global car sales have in fact dropped.
Enter the new GTC4Lusso!
The arrival of the GTC4Lusso marks a whole new world for Ferrari. The model is aimed at “owners looking for a supercar that is sporty, elegant, versatile and suitable for everyday driving”, says the automaker. This marriage of power and versatility continues to open up Scuderia’s client base to younger buyers, who tend to clock higher mileage and expect to use their cars in a variety of settings. The ‘4’ is significant to the model. It has four wrap-around seats, and is fitted with Ferrari’s 4RM Evo four-wheel drive, integrated with rear-wheel steering. It’s this integration that allows the driver to effortlessly handle the model’s remarkable torque on any terrain. “The result is tremendous stability and masterful control that translate into superior performance”, says Scuderia South Africa’s CEO, Mervyn Eagles. For drivers who demand power, but won’t compromise on comfort, the sporty elegance and impeccable detailing of the GTC4Lusso is a bullseye!
Mampho Brescia takes the wheel
When I first looked at the GTC4Lusso, I felt simply beautiful! Its lines are undeniably sleek and elegant. The features are so stunning, inside and out, that you can’t deny the allure. It’s like a beautiful woman. It’s not just that you want to immediately get inside and drive it, it’s that this car makes you feel like you could!
And that’s what I loved about driving it. There’s a stability to its aesthetic that makes it feel accessible. The interior envelopes you in a sense of luxury, and it handles as though you’re flying. The steering is exquisitely smooth, and even breaking and turning on Johannesburg roads felt like driving on air. It felt like the car merged with my driving style, like it was reading my intentions.
In typical Ferrari style, the sound of the engine feels like a beat going through your body. South Africans were born with the beating of drums in their hearts, and this is why the Ferrari engines speak to us. You could dance to the GTC4Lusso’s purr. At the same time, I could see myself driving the GTC4Lusso every day in town or anywhere in South Africa. I felt safe the entire time, and would feel safe driving with my daughter in the back seat. That being said, you don’t ever actually feel like you’re driving a four-seater. The fusion of power and practicality is truly that seamless. I’m in love, and how could I not be? #DragonsWereMeantToFly”
This article was made possible by:
My Italian Link team: Francesca Vallardi (Managing Editor) and Kat Couzyn (Journalist and Copy editor)
Photographers: Linda Oteri and Andrea Galli from WildShot Safari, www.wildshotsafari.com
Make-Up: Chanel Rayner from Jamal Makeup, Instagram: jamal_makeup
Hair: Jessica Hedley from Jeauval Hairsalon Nicolway centre, www.jeauval.com
Stylist: Versace: dress & Palazzo Empire bag, www.versace.com; Giorgio Armani: sunglasses & silver heeled sandals, www.armani.com
Venue: The Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, 67 Jan Smuts Ave, Westcliff,
www.fourseasons.com and Johannesburg Scuderia, Johannesburg Showroom,
1 Bruton Rd., Bryanston, |• www.ferrari.co.za
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