The updated, turbocharged Ferrari California might be the Prancing Horse's worst-kept secret ever. The long-rumored car was spotted testing last summer at the Italian dreammaker's Fiorano test track with the unmistakable whistle of a forced-induction engine, and Ferrari is now teasing the reveal of its "149M Project" on February 12. Because that the original codename for the California was the F149, the new car is almost certainly the refreshed version.

The exact engine under the hood is still a mystery, but it is rumored to be a tuned version of the 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 found in the Maserati Quattroporte with 523 horsepower and 524 pound-feet of torque, an engine that is already a significant upgrade over the 483 hp and 372 lb-ft in the current California. Other reported upgrades suggest there is the possibility of revised exterior pieces to make the new model look more like the F12 Berlinetta, along with an improved interior featuring a more modern infotainment system. As expected, Ferrari has no plans to drop the California's retracting hardtop for the updated model.

While Ferrari will debut the new car on February 12, the public will probably not get its first chance to check out the brand's entry-level sports car until the Geneva Motor Show in March.


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      Jake
      • 11 Months Ago
      Obviously a 1.4 L V9.
      NG22
      • 11 Months Ago
      I hope they can capture the looks of the F12/458 and apply it to the California's body style. It's a tough job, but they've had years to work on it. As this is one of Ferrari's GTs, I really think it's important the car looks beautiful above all things. The current California is a coupe/cabriolet hybrid, makes a lot of money, and has great street presence. Imagine if Ferrari could continue all of these virtues and also make it as stunning as an Aston, or 458, or, really, anything that looks better. Honestly, I would love it if Ferrari offered two body styles this generation--the hardtop convertible for all the wealthier, SL-types, and a dedicated coupe with a lower rump. A 2+2 stunner made for those who don't really need the usable backseat in their Continental GT, or those who could downsize a bit from their V12 DB9. They could even offer the FF's trick AWD system to sweeten the deal. It's tough to think of real competitors since Ferrari is in a world unto itself. Am I the only one who thinks Ferrari should broaden its California portfolio? For those who don't want a convertible and its design compromises, but do want a front-engined car and that practicality--in a lower price point than the gigantic (and perhaps too practical) FF and expensive, two-seat F12. I think there's room for more. What do you guys think? What body style/drivetrain options should Ferrari offer?
      ken
      • 11 Months Ago
      They should put "F149" just to irritate Ford.
      John Ralphio
      • 11 Months Ago
      It would be nice if the successor to the California looks good. I really dislike the looks of the current one.
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is my "affordable" dream car at $225,000 lol.
      RetrogradE
      • 11 Months Ago
      Ferrari would be cool and relevant if I earned $1M/yr. But hell, I only make quarter-mill a year and have kids; so, that puts me in a Toyota Sequoia. There.
        Aaron N
        • 11 Months Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Oh look, it's RetrogradE the cry baby...
          RetrogradE
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Aaron N
          Cry baby? What are you talking about? Did your wife tell you about me again? I cry after sex. It's okay, I'm comfortable with it.