CAR Magazine reports that Ferrari is planning to give the 2012 California a slight update. The refresh begins with an additional 30 horsepower from the 4.3-liter V8, bumping the final figure to 483 hp thanks to revised engine mapping and improved innards. It's worth noting that the extra pep is only available when the tank is topped off with 98 octane fuel, though the ECU will accommodate 95 octane as well.

The new model will also tip the scales at a skinnier weight than its predecessors thanks to a greater use of aluminum alloys in the chassis structure. CAR reports that engineers have managed to cut as much as 66 pounds from the vehicle.

With more power and less weight, the 2012 California should provide increased performance if the report turns out to be accurate. CAR also mentions that the optional Handling Speciale package now features upgraded dampers paired with an ECU that boasts a 50-percent improvement in response rate. Sounds fine by our ears.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Sean Flanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm assuming that because they're based in the UK, they're using the RON measurement for octane level. So in the US (where we use AKI), the max power is optimized for 93-94 octane but will run at reduced power with 91. Good news for those of us on the east coast. Not so much for those in the namesake state.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know most people don't like the look of the Cali, but I really do - but only if the top is up. In a fantasy world where I'm mega rich I'd get one and make the roof permanent and then ditch all the linkage and servos for additional weight savings.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another reason someone would take this over the 458 is that the steering wheel in this car isn't full of What-the-#@%. It is also the last Ferrari available with a traditional manual gearbox.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The "Handling Speciale" package sounds like it was made up by someone pretending to speak Italian.
      The Angry Intern
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where would one even be able to purchase 98 Octane fuel?
      • 3 Years Ago
      98 Octane ROTFL! How ironic that the state after which the car is named doesn't have anything over it's garbage 91 octane offering.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's 98 RON, not 98 (RON+MON) / 2. US 91 octane = EU 95, US 93 octane = EU 98.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I live in California and two stations within two miles of my house have 100 AKI octane gas. It anything over 91 is a relative rarity though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      98 octane!? If you can afford to fill your car with that, you can afford a higher end Ferrari.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some of the worst photography I've ever seen on Autoblog!
      Erik Tomlinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Has this thing always had the vertical dual exhaust tips on each side? I swear it was just two. Looks good, anyway.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Erik Tomlinson
        Yes, it has always had the stacked quad tail pipes.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Weight loss
      • 3 Years Ago
      Extreme weight loss, however, comes with risks. Like with any natural process ? For more info visit
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure looks better than that LFA kitcar looking thing. Convertibles need some extra weight to stiffen them up.
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