The recently opened Trans-Java Toll Road has enhanced the mobility around Java as it connects the north-western part to the eastern end of the island. Spanning more than 1,000 km it makes crossing the Java island easier and much faster. We enjoyed the new toll road with one of the most lavish ways, as last March Ferrari Jakarta invited us to partake in the Ferrari Trans Java Tour 2019, a driving event for its customers and selected media to drive from Jakarta to Surabaya. While it’s now possible to arrive in Surabaya in eight hours from Jakarta, the drive took a more luxurious approach with a three-day trip with stops in various cities such as Semarang, Solo, and Yogyakarta.
In total there were 38 Ferraris participated at the drive, with 22 cars driven from Jakarta all the way to Surabaya. Of course, to make it a luxurious drive all the participants uses a chartered bus to reach a rest area at KM 102 of the Cipali toll road. Because driving through the nightmarish traffic of the Cikarang area is not fun, especially when you are driving a supercar. All the cars are towed to the rest area the night before and were lined up neatly when the participants reached the rest area.
Ferrari Jakarta as the official dealership of the brand provided two newest models and two of the best to use for a long drive, the Ferrari Portofino and the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T. Of course, considering the lengthy drive, we opt to focus on the GTC4Lusso T as on paper it is the most comfortable of the two and higher in term of pricing. The GTC4Lusso T aimed to be the more sensible version compared to the model with the V12 engine. The big displacement naturally aspirated engine (6,262 cc to be exact) is replaced with a 3,855 cc V8 turbocharged engine, the all-wheel-drive system also is replaced with a rear wheel drive layout.
After a short briefing by the committee of the Ferrari Owners Club Indonesia, Ferrari Jakarta and the police escort, the participants departed from the rest area to the first stop in Cirebon to have lunch. The cars are divided into two groups and each escorted by a police car, the first route spans around 100 km from the rest area to a hotel in Cirebon. The Cipali toll road is a long stretch of road, like the rest of the route to Surabaya. Even though the road surface was not totally smooth and flat, but it was still manageable with the cars. But it was an open road with very less traffic, making the drive a breeze and convenient. As you can enjoy more driving the car.
The group had lunch at the Aston Cirebon Hotel, a hotel that conveniently located near the entrance of the toll road. After lunch, the group departed for a 320 km drive from Cirebon to Solo, where the group will spend the night at the Alila Solo Hotel, the only luxury hotel in the city. From this point the drive becomes a bit tricky as it is a long route with no petrol stations in between, all the drivers must conserve fuel to prevent running out of juice. For more peace of mind, however, Ferrari Jakarta has a support car that carries fuel for the cars.
Luckily the GTC4Lusso T still has the 91-liter tank like the V12 model, hence the car capable of having a greater range. When tested the car was able to feature a more than 300 km range. The engine uses a twin scroll turbocharger to make it even more versatile for more kinds of driving, however, the turbo is tuned more to the performance side as the peak torque of 760 Nm can be obtained from 3,000 to 5,250 rpm. The torque figure is higher and broader than the V12 model that generates peak torque 697 Nm at a significantly higher point of 5,750 rpm.
We tested the car after a brief drive with the Ferrari Portofino, another grand tourer from the brand. The differences were able to be immediately found, while Portofino is a Ferrari with a comfortable suspension, the one in the GTC4Lusso T is more refined and even more comfortable. Just like the previous generation, it almost feels like a luxury sedan where it can almost absorb the uneven road surfaces. One can feel different also is the throttle and brake pedals, while the Portofino has a firmer sportier pedal feel, the GTC4Lusso T has a softer and easier pedal feel again a la a luxury sedan.
After a night in Solo, the group visited the Mangkunegaran palace and De Tjolomadoe, a former sugar refinery turned into a museum the group off to another long drive of almost 300 km to Surabaya. The group and both the Portofino and GTC4Lusso T made it safely to the city of heroes, the Portofino was more efficient because it was lighter while the GTC4Lusso is more comfortable and able to accommodate more passengers and luggage.
At the conclusion of the drive, we are among the first to go from Jakarta to Surabaya using the new toll road with a supercar. It is possible to drive to Surabaya comfortably with a supercar, despite the bumpy roads and lack of petrol stations in some parts of the route. Most of the road is also straight and lacking winding road. But it was a drive for the enthusiasts to enjoy their car to the full, as participants will see some 800 km added up to their car’s odometer. Of course to finish a luxurious drive, the cars are towed back to Jakarta while the participants flew back to the capital.