As expected, Ferrari has today officially pulled the covers off the latest version of its front-engined California grand tourer ahead of the car's impending live debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The headline news, again as expected, is a new 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 engine. Ferrari promises zero turbo lag from its innovative new engine, which is rated at 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque.

That's 70 more horses than the last California, which, coupled with its 49-percent increase in torque, allows the new California T to accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds. Fuel mileage is improved by 15 percent, and emissions are down 20 percent. Also, for what it's worth, Ferrari promises "the most exhilarating soundtrack any turbo has ever yielded." Sounds pretty good to us...

There's plenty more of interest besides the new turbocharged engine, such as the retractable hardtop that turns the four-seater into a convertible in 14 seconds, improved steering response, reduced roll and pitch when cornering and carbon-ceramic brakes.

We could spend lots of time telling you all about its 250 Testa Rossa-inspired exterior styling, penned by the Ferrari Styling Centre with help from Pininfarina, along with the new Turbo Performance Engineer screen that couples with the 6.5-inch infotainment system inside the car's stylish cabin, but it's probably more effective for you to check it out for yourself in the image gallery and video below.



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Ferrari California T to be unveiled at Geneva: elegance, sportiness and technology

New V8: intense sound and vivid acceleration across the rev range for the first time from a turbo-charged engine

Torque up by 49


Maranello, 12th February 2014 – The Ferrari California T epitomizes elegance, sportiness, versatility and exclusivity: characteristics that have distinguished every California model since the 1950s.

The California T boasts striking standards of innovation while retaining signature features such as the successful 2+ concept, a refined cabin and, of course, the retractable hard top (RHT) which transforms it from a chic coupe into a sleekly sophisticated spider in a mere 14 seconds.

The model brings with a host of new solutions, not the least of which is its 8-cylinder turbo engine. Maranello's engineers have created an entirely new power unit which delivers absolutely superb levels of performance, blistering pick-up and the most exhilarating soundtrack any turbo has ever yielded.

This is also the first time virtually zero turbo lag has achieved on an engine of this type, guaranteeing instantaneous response to commands and, as with naturally-aspirated power units, a torque curve that increases constantly across the rev range thanks to Variable Boost Management.

The direct-injection, 3885 cc turbo 8-cylinder is mounted very low in the chassis in a mid-front position and delivers 560 cv at 7500 rpm, which translates into a specific power output of 145 cv/l – the highest in its category – as along with maximum torque of 755 Nm. Figures that give the California T extraordinary acceleration over the 0 to 100 km/h sprint which it covers in just 3.6 seconds.

As in Formula 1 this season, a turbo is used to cut fuel consumption and C02 emissions. Compared to the outgoing model, fuel consumption is down by 15 per cent despite 70 cv more power and a 49 per cent increase in torque. Emissions are down to 250 g/km over the combined cycle which equates to a 20 per cent reduction in the C02/cv ration (0.44g/cv). The California T's engine also benefits from several other solutions used on the single-seater, not least compact, very low inertia twin-scroll turbines to ensure ultra-sharp throttle response. The Scuderia's methodologies and plant are also used for certain phases of its production, particularly at the casting stage.

One major challenge involved in the design of the California T was to guarantee it a typically intense, exhilarating Ferrari engine sound. This was achieved through meticulous design work and the use of special manufacturing techniques for essential components, such as the flat-plant crankshaft and the three-piece cast exhaust manifold and turbo housing. The engine produces a powerful, engaging sound during both the intake and exhaust phases, becoming even more potent as engine speed increases. This the first time a result of this kind has ever been achieved with a turbo engine.

The California T delivers true sports car dynamics too, thanks to reduced steering wheel activity and improved steering response to driver input, courtesy of a new steering box and suspension set-up. New springs and latest-generation Magnaride dampers (which respond 50 per cent faster), combined with body motion accelerometers, reduce roll and pitch for more precise handling whilst still guaranteeing an incredibly comfortable ride.

The California T also has the latest evolution of the F1-Trac traction control system for maximum acceleration of corners, thereby underscoring the sportier side of its personality.

The California T's architecture, controls and new 8-cyklider engine ensure consistently intense driving pleasure in challenging driving conditions as well as making the car fun to drive even in more relaxed situations, very much in the Grand Tourer tradition.

The carbon-ceramic braking system is also extremely efficient with new composite discs and pads. The brakes are integrated with the ESP 8.0 which controls the high performance ABS for a short 100 to 0 km/h braking distance of just 34 meters.

Considerable attention was paid to the design, maintaining the outgoing model's overall dimensions while ensuring that the California T has a new, individual personality. The sleek proportions were penned by the Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina and are very much in keeping with the Ferrari front-engined ethos. The shape of the California T's flanks is inspired by the 250 Testa Rossa's famous pontoon-fender styling, with the front wing line stretching back towards the compact, muscular rear, bringing an aerodynamic sleekness and movement to the sides. The rear benefits from meticulous aerodynamic research resulting in a new triple-fence diffuser.

The California T's cabin was designed to be as ergonomic as possible and exudes a sense of warmth and craftsmanship, with luxurious Frau semi-aniline leather trim. The interior space is flexible so that owners can make the most efficient use of the boot capacity even with the top down, thanks to the opening between luggage compartment and rear seats.

The human-machine interface encompasses the Ferrari steering wheel with integrated controls while the Turbo Performance Engineer (TPE) takes pride of place between the two air vents in the centre of the dash. The TPE display boasts a capacitive (touch-sensitive) surround to scroll through screens with information on making the most of the new engine's performance. The California T also features a new infotainment system with an extremely intuitive high-resolution 6.5" screen featuring both tough-screen and conventional controls.

The California T will be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, but from today can be admired online at www.ferarri.com in its two launch colours: Rosso California, an intense, deep new red inspired by classic Ferraris, and Blu California, which underscores the versatility and elegance of this new model.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE
Type: direct-injection 90° V8
Total displacement: 3,855 cc
Maximum power*: 412 kW (560 cv) at 7500 rpm
Maximum torque*: 755 Nm (77 kgm) at 4750 rpm

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Length: 4570 mm
Width: 1910 mm
Height: 1322 mm
Dry weight**: 1625 kg
Weight distribution: 47 rear

PERFORMANCE
Top speed: 316 kn/h
0-100 km/h: 3.6 s

FUEL CONSUMPTION***
1.5l/100 km

CO2 EMISSIONS***
250 g/km

* With 98 octane fuel
** With lightweight optional equipment
*** Combined cycle (ECE+EUDC) with HELE system


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      Andre Neves
      • 10 Months Ago
      Time for a revival of the greatest Ferrari ever made IMO ? F40
      superchan7
      • 10 Months Ago
      They really cleaned up the styling--the biggest problem with the original California. I wouldn't really worry about the soundtrack of a turbo being worthy of the Ferrari name; all you do is remove some muffler content. In the case of the Abarth 500, they ended up with no practically no silencing baffles in the muffler.
        Krazeecain
        • 10 Months Ago
        @superchan7
        There's no muffler in the Abarth 500 at all (just a catalytic converter and a tricky bend in the dual exhaust). And yes it does sound very nice indeed. I don't really think turbocharging an engine messes with a car's engine note per se, it just reduces the volume. I think it's the headers that make the biggest difference in a cars engine note (hell, a set of funky headers are the difference between a rumbling subaru WRX and most other turbo 4-bangers) so the biggest difference a turbo supposedly makes is actually the header, because having a smooth flowing equal-length header just doesn't matter with a turbo, so manufacturers tend to opt for a cheaper (or less laggy?) cast-log or similar header design, which sound *relatively* crappy. Not that it matters for a V8, they always sound good. ;)
        superchan7
        • 10 Months Ago
        @superchan7
        BTW, I don't think the California is or has ever been a 4-seater.
      ragtopdodge
      • 10 Months Ago
      Amazing what a grille and headlight change can do. Still is a "wife's Ferrari", but at least I wouldn't mind driving it once in a while. Won't be too often as I'd rather drive my Huracan. Ahhh...to dream....
        kajohns1964
        • 10 Months Ago
        @ragtopdodge
        I wish my wife had that kind of money
        Lachmund
        • 10 Months Ago
        @ragtopdodge
        they changed the whole sheetmetal. the sides and back are completely new as well.
      fran
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's really amazing how little details in design and tweaks can almost transform the entire look of the car. Great job Ferrari. In fact, I think the previous Cali should have been this.
      kajohns1964
      • 10 Months Ago
      It needs a V12 and pontoon fenders to be a real Ferrari
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 10 Months Ago
        @kajohns1964
        Cool lets throw in carburetors and drum brakes too! We can also run it on leaded gasoline!
          kajohns1964
          • 10 Months Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          Now you're talking. Electronic carbs and ceramic drum brakes.
          Scooter
          • 10 Months Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          Forget that, lets remove all the driving systems, heck lets remove that piece of junk modern engine and toss a steam powered engine in this sucker.
        Gr@y_F0XXX
        • 10 Months Ago
        @kajohns1964
        So I suppose the wonderful 458 Italia isn't a real Ferrari either? Or the F430, the F355, the F40, 288GTO. Since they're not powered by 12 cylinders they are not real Ferrari's either?
        mitytitywhitey
        • 10 Months Ago
        @kajohns1964
        I'm wondering if kajohns was being sarcastic.
          bonehead
          • 10 Months Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          nah you have to be clever to execute successful sarcasm. So i think we all know
      mitytitywhitey
      • 10 Months Ago
      Front end finally looks like a Ferrari.
      PoMoMangler
      • 10 Months Ago
      When the 458, F12, and LaFerrari are currently being sold, it's hard to not find this car boring.
      Nick
      • 10 Months Ago
      BIG improvement!
      Ryan Andrew Martin
      • 10 Months Ago
      To me, the California has always been the least-attractive Ferrari. It still is IMO but this does look a bit better.
      Andrew
      • 10 Months Ago
      YES. Already liked the California, now it has moved up several spots in my fantasy garage.
      ffelix422
      • 10 Months Ago
      Does anyone else see a Corvette Stingray convertible?
        Dave
        • 10 Months Ago
        @ffelix422
        Yup. Definitely Corvettish, but the original Corvette was influenced by Italian designs...
      Patrick
      • 10 Months Ago
      Love it even more. Very interested to hear the exhaust note with that turbo.
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