The Ferrari California has received a few important updates lately, and exotic car tradition would hold that those were intended to keep the "starter Ferrari" fresh for a few years. But according to a report in Car and Driver, the maestros in Maranello have bigger plans for the four-year-old car: the introduction of a completely new one, as soon as next year. Five years is about the lifespan of a fruit fly when it comes to exotics, but Ferrari apparently isn't happy that the California is considered the 'not-really-a-Ferrari' within the range, despite having set out to explicitly create a more accessible car to court new customers.

According to C/D, this means an entirely new body is on the way, designed by the in-house team with the assistance of Pininfarina. It will supposedly return to Ferrari's front-engined GT roots, taking inspiration from the 250 GTO, with a much cleaner line from front to rear, and slimming down the Sir Mix-A-Lot rear end while maintaining a folding metal roof.

The redesign will continue underneath, with the new convertible getting a turbocharged V8 – Car and Driver says that's the "unmistakable sound" we recently heard from the California mule lapping Fiorano recently. The engine is expected to surpass the 500 horsepower mark on its own, but wait, there's more: it will be fitted with "an F1-inspired KERS-like" package that could add another 100 horses and propel the droptop from 0-to-60 in no more than 3.5 seconds.

On paper, this details read like a wishlist for true Ferrari fans, and it is such a move away from the current car that the name could be changed. If the rebooted cabrio puts them together properly, then the next California – or whatever it is called – might finally be invited to join its siblings at the adult table. Scroll down to revisit the spy vid that purports to show off Ferrari's turbocharged future.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      is the hood suppose to look open like that??or is it just not closed??
        • 3 Years Ago
        Probably running with the hood partially open to keep it from overheating. I used to do that with my SRT8 at the dragstrip waiting in the staging lines and then got out and closed it to make the 1/4 mile runs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sure it's a fine car, but honestly, I forget Ferrari even makes this car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought folks had pretty much decided this was the turbo six Ferrari is building for Masserati? At any rate, I think it's a good thing they are seriously looking at a restyle. I know some really like this California, but it just never did anything for me. I think I makes it worse that the original California was such a drop dead looker as well - big shoes to fill.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is not six cylinder engine noise. It is flatplane crankshaft V8. The v8's for Maserati have crossplane crank so I'm pretty sure this engine is going to end up in a Ferrari model.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good! I've never really liked the looks of the current California, and seeing them in the metal didn't make it any better. Not that I'm in the market for one or ever will be, but I still want better eye candy. :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Been $aving my money.. I got $30k to buy a car....Will Ferrari ever make a car that non-1%er's can buy ? Hell NO ! So just take your horsey car and shove it where the California sun don't shine !...yup...
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes please. I don't think I like the sound of the turbo but I suppose thats just tuning and I love the idea of a FR California with KERS.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll stick with my Porsches...all manual shifts of course.....the way mother nature intended a sports car to
        • 3 Years Ago
        I've got steering wheel mounted paddle shifters on my Chrysler 300 SRT8. Much quicker to bump the little paddle to upshift or downshift than cramming gears the old fashioned way. Look at your formula one's and Indy cars. They all have steering wheel mounted shift buttons so they can keep both hands on the wheel.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh Ummm, Very CORVETTE Looking.........
      • 3 Years Ago
      yes, some punk designer at ferrari seems to like the odd front looking hood area around the lights, maybe they think they have to look new and different but it ends up looking bent in the wrong places and just odd. The masters of old didn't have to do this they just pounded out some beautiful lines and left it at that. Sad that they can't do the same now, they end up wrecking at least one viewing angle of an otherwise finely designed and engineered car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really hoping they fix the bonnet catch.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Probably using a similar same air induction design as the Nissan GTR. What you see, is what you get. I do not care for the looks of it either
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good, they always seem to rise above the competition.
      • 3 Years Ago
      change the stupid california name and it would go a long way to making it sound more like a real ferrari....
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