Sending a message that reinforces Ferrari's commitment that all of its vehicles will kick serious butt, the Italian automaker has treated its under-appreciated California model to an exceptional mid-cycle refresh.

Up front, the hardtop convertible's naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V8 has been bumped up to 490 horsepower, thanks to a tweaked ECU and a new exhaust manifold. The new power goes hand-in-hand with an updated aluminum-intensive chassis which is nearly 70 pounds lighter than last year's model thanks to "cutting-edge aluminium fabrication techniques and construction technologies." According to the automaker, the 0-60 sprint has dropped to just 3.8 seconds.

Other enhancements include a new optional Handling Speciale package with lightning-fast Magnetorheological dampers, stiffer springs and a quicker steering ratio. Lastly, Ferrari is offering owners a more extensive choice of colors, including two-tone finishes like the one seen here, to increase exclusive personalization (yeah, because that's why we were all holding off on our purchases!). Be sure to check out our live gallery from the Geneva Motor Show floor, a detailed press release after the jump and a couple official images from the automaker below.
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Geneva debut for lighter, more powerful Ferrari California with new "handling speciale" package

Maranello, 15 February – The Geneva Motor Show will see the official debut of the new version of the Ferrari California, production of which has already commenced, with a reduction of weight of 30 kg and an increase in power output of 30 CV.

The Ferrari California's GDI V8 now delivers 490 hp with maximum torque of 505 Nm at 5,000 rpm, thanks to new exhaust manifolds and engine mapping. The torque curve has also been modified and is higher across the engine's generous rev range.

Cutting-edge aluminium fabrication techniques and construction technologies used by the Scaglietti Centre of Excellence in the manufacture of the Ferrari California's chassis, have led to an overall reduction of 30 kg in the car's weight without impinging in any way on its structural rigidity and performance.

These enhancements have improved the Ferrari's California's performance, reducing its 0-100 km/acceleration time to 3.8 seconds. This heightens its sporty feel without detracting from the mission and character of a car that has won universal acclaim for its performance and exceptional versatility resulting from its retractable hard top and 2+ seating. To meet the needs of clients desiring a more dynamic, yet not overly extreme, driving experience, an optional Handling Speciale package has been developed which encompasses modifications to the suspension set-up that minimise body roll and make the car even more responsive to driver inputs.

The Handling Speciale package includes Magnetorheological dampers controlled by an even faster ECU (-50% response time) running patented Ferrari software. The package also features stiffer springs for more precise body control combined with a comfortable ride. Lastly, the California benefits from faster turn-in with smaller steering wheel angles thanks to a new steering box with a 10 per cent quicker steering ratio.

All these new features combine to underscore the California's sporty prowess without affecting its high-performance grand touring vocation – an achievement very much in line with Ferrari's DNA.

The technical features are matched by a new, even more extensive choice of colours developed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, including two-tone finishes, three-layer paint technology and modern re-interpretations of classic colour schemes which increase the exclusive personalisation possibilities even further. In addition, the Ferrari California benefits from the free seven-year standard maintenance programme.

The availability of the lighter and more powerful vehicle, along with the optional Handling Speciale package, varies according to each market with first deliveries scheduled for Europe.


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      lxixwithu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, message received!
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I totally agree the Cali hasn't garnered the respect it deserves. I don't like convertibles, but in the end this is an incredible GT car by every account I've come across. It's fast as hell with great handling and yet can perform as a cruiser going down the road. Just because it's not on the same level as the 458 or the new 620 doesn't mean it's a bad car. If only there was a hard top version! (not like I can afford one anyways, hehe).
      Alex Fischer
      • 2 Years Ago
      What do you guys think of the styling? Im often very certain on what works and what doesnt, but with this car i've always sorta been on the fence. Something about the angularity of the front features puts me off, from a head on view, but from a front-quarter view i think it looks really nice. The way the roof line comes does and the contour over the rear wheel comes up to meet it is really nice. The contour line from the corner of the front intake to the wheel has always sorta bothered me tho. Not sure what it is. Im interested to hear your guy's thoughts.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it's a lighter, faster, rich chick's/ trophy wife's Ferrari
      RALPH
      • 2 Years Ago
      A two tone Ferrari?? I hope nobody orders one. That's an awful thing to do to a true sports car.
      patrickmatty
      • 2 Years Ago
      Probably one of the ugliest Ferrari designs. Clunky hood and terrible rear with those tailights! The front grill seems flat and too openly spaced. I will say the profile is much better then the rest of the styling. Ferrairs are known not only for performance but sheer beauty in design. Past tense if this keeps up.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      More respect? No. The California is the most disappointing Ferrari since the 308. It doesn't perform that well, it doesn't look special, and it doesn't really have anything uniquely Ferrari about it other than the prancing horse.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        I have to disagree with everything you just said. It has performance rivalling that of the 430 with less power and more weight, it isnt beautiful, but is definitely special: Ferrari's first front engined V8 GT car. It has uniquely Ferrari styling elements, a uniquely Ferrari chassis tuning, and a very Ferrari like 4.3L high revving V8 that comes from an F430.
      Elmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ooh, a whole 70lbs from a car that weighs well over 4,000lbs. It was 4,297lbs before. Now it's 4,227lbs.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Since when was the California 4300 lbs? It's always been less than 3800.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          LMAO I so read that wrong. I was reading the CCs instead of pounds. Oh wow. I guess that happens when you're drugged up with Nyquil lol.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        4300lbs? It's less than 3800
      Giovanni Cora
      • 2 Years Ago
      as touring cars go it's still a great car
      wongtpa
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Porsche looks better!
      Glynn Hadskey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope it still comes with a stick.
      glalli2
      • 2 Years Ago
      better then the last cali but i like the 599 gto better
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @glalli2
        Comparing a bottom rung, sub $200k Ferrari to a limited edition, top of the line $400+k Ferrari flagship? What? That makes as much sense as me saying I prefer a Ferrari California over a Fiat 500.
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