Ferrari hadn't made a turbocharged engine since the F40 ended its production cycle in 1992. But that all changed when it helped Maserati develop its new 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8. That turbo engine has so far been shoehorned into the Quattroporte, along with its 3.0-liter V6 cousin that also powers the smaller Ghibli. But soon it'll wear the Prancing Horse badge as further details emerge on the next-generation California.

Set to arrive in time for the spring (likely to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March), the new California will reportedly ditch its naturally-aspirated V8 in favor of a reworked version of the Quattroporte's twin-turbo unit, which at 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque is already considerably more muscular than the current California's 483 hp and 372 lb-ft.

The new California will likely be closely based on the outgoing model, but benefit from revised aluminum sheetmetal and an updated cabin with a new infotainment system – two areas in which the current model has scored low marks.


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      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had forgotten Ferrari makes a car under the 458. They need to make it look not so plain looking (for a Ferrari). I literally think the C7 vette looks more exotic, and I'm no GM fan.
      Miguro Takahashi
      • 1 Year Ago
      2 of my favorite Ferraris have turboed V8 engines, one being the mentioned F40 and the other the 288 GTO. I'm having doubts about this California though. Hopefully they redesign it from the ground up and not just lazily stick turbos in a 6 year old chassis.
      ffelix422
      • 1 Year Ago
      The rear end styling on this car is horrific. Stacked tail-lights??? And that "last-minute" black panel that's out of place on an F-car.
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't understand why this car is so disliked. I think is the best looking current Ferrari on the market.
        MotionDesigner
        • 1 Year Ago
        @budwsr25
        What I don't like about the California is that it's a front-engined Ferrari that doesn't have a V12. That doesn't make it special anymore, as there are thousands of other cars that are front engined with a V8. It's just the badge that is holding this car up. Ferrari, to me at least, is about tradition and prestige. Their front-engined cars have always been V12s. I don't doubt this car performs well, but it's a blatant attempt to be a volume seller... but I guess that was a wise move considering they made this in '08 when the recession hit hard. Also not a fan of the styling, which to me looks like a woman's car. Just my 2 cents.
      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty ugly for a Ferrari.
      Beardinals
      • 1 Year Ago
      Squint and you can see some '14 Corvette DNA.
        FastestOpel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Beardinals
        you mean Ferrari California DNA in '14 Corvette?
          Jai
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FastestOpel
          How dare you disagree with the logic of a GM fanboy?! Here's a few namea from the long list of vehicles that were copied from the '14 Corvette: Ford Model T Shelby Cobra Ferrari Enzo Bugatti Veyron Lamborghini Aventador Ducati 1198 Boeing 747 Titanic F-16 ..Etc
      John Blaze
      • 1 Year Ago
      After driving this thing it's my favorite Ferrari. It's an everyday car. A hardtop and a convertible. It has a back seat area for storage or a small child. It drives as well as a Porsche 911 Turbo. The engine note is beautiful. What's not to love?
        John Blaze
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Blaze
        I have to stand by my statement. The California is horribly underrated. After driving one on the track behind the 911 Turbo I can say that it is a true match for the 911 Turbo. Of course I'm talking about the 997 Turbo and not the 991 turbo. But this thing is crazy fast and has amazing handling and brakes. It's "still" a Ferrari after all. This car is no pushover. You will be amazed at its performance. It's my dream Ferrari because it's the only Ferrari that I can imagine driving in the city on a regular day. And now that the used ones are in the $175,000 range they are creeping down into actual buying territory. Once the new one goes on sale I'm banking on these babies to drop in price... Hopefully to around $125,000. Then I can trade in my 911 on one and actually finance it over 7 years without the worry of additional massive depreciation. I would get around $50,000 on the Porsche meaning that I could be driving a Ferrari for around $1000/ month. That would be a dream come true for me.
        cartarded
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Blaze
        It is ignorant to compare the handling of a California to a 911 turbo
        cartarded
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Blaze
        Everything else I agree with.
      SpaceGhost
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mygig radio in a Ferrari? I know the California is the budget model but they can do better than that. However the really isnt that bad; it just doesn't belong is $100k car.
      Audi Love
      • 11 Months Ago
      It is astonishing how many people here alone are bashing this car. And I have only seen such hate here, everywhere else people love it for the most part. I mean this place isn't that bad, the comments are usually subpar, but damn. I can understand now liking it, but saying it looks plain when it has so many curvy lines, and criticizing it for some irrelevant ass black panel in the rear fascia that can optionally get covered in carbon fiber? Plain for a Ferrari? Then wtf are the 80's Ferrari's excuses? They're all boxy. Grow some brains some of you nut jobs.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      On a cost basis in the long run a v12 Ferrari will depreciate less. I just see extra maintence and risk with a Ferrari turbo.
      Dr. Evil
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I were American and not Belgian, I'd be insulted that a car this ugly was named after an American state. Of course, that's probably the point...
        Audi Love
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Dr. Evil
        This car is ugly? You melt, you must be nuts. Get your eyes checked. O.o
      Tony Levatino
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't wait to test drive one! Subscribe to the FREE Siempre Ferrari Flipboard Magazine and stay current on the world of Ferrari. http://flip.it/5Wsh3
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