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It's been a while since Ferrari used turbochargers, but we would think long and hard before dismissing the spools as uncharacteristic of the marque. After all, the iconic and important F40 was turbocharged, as was the 288 GTO that preceeded it. But those were made decades ago. Could Ferrari be going back to forced induction?

If this spy video is anything to go by, we'd say almost definitely so. The footage shot at the company's private Fiorano test track in Maranello shows a California test mule lapping the circuit, but the sound is what gives it away: the prototype is emitting a pronounced turbo whine.

Of course, Ferrari engineers could be using the California to test out the turbocharged engines it is said to be developing for Maserati. Or the automaker could be preparing to use them in its own sports cars as well. The final outcome remains a mystery, but for now you can watch the video clip below and see - or more importantly, listen - for yourselves.

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      ItMe George
      • 2 Years Ago
      The F40 was turbocharged..
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ItMe George
        And it was the last Ferrari made that I still capitalize the "F" for when referring to it. That car was perfect, but this sounds like crap.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I absolutely agree with Andre. A Mitsu 4G63T sounded almost exactly the same. Although flat crank V8s can sound disturbingly cheap; as they are 4 cylinders side-by-side.
        • 2 Years Ago
        He said Evo X. That's the 4B11T motor. Evo IX was the last 4G63T. I owned one :)
          Andre Neves
          • 2 Years Ago
          Actually, while I did mean the 4B11T in suggesting that it sounded like an Evo X, a 4G63 also sounds quite similar depending on the exhaust you have on it. I've owned a '06 IX MR & own a '10 X GSR ;)
      Brent Worrell
      • 2 Years Ago
      If someone played this video and told me to guess the sound i would've certainly said an EVO of some kind. I didnt expect this.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good chance, as it is a test mule, that this is the rumored engine for the next Maserati's and not for Ferrari, yet.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ferrari also made the turbo 208 GTB/GTS for the Italian and New Zealand markets for tax reasons. 1.9 ltr V-8 turbo.
      Michael C.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Extremely turbocharged six. Maybe for Maserati's upcoming new Quattroporte or its new smaller sedan?
      Antonio K. Piech
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great news This is the test bed for a whole new generations of engines for Fiat/Chryslervgroup of cars and you can tell is light,the front of the car is couple inches higher than in the regular California
      • 2 Years Ago
      seriously......if u try to play the video and just turn monitor off and listen..........it sounds like a infiniti g series with a turbo attached to it..............-.-
      • 2 Years Ago
      This sounds incredibly boring.
      Michael Sexton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sooner or later it's bound to happen...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Joe Carter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully it's got a jet engine in it instead.
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