Ferrari Has Something To Be Proud Of With The New California T


Ferrari racked up a number of firsts with the introduction of the California. Not only did it emerge as the first vehicle with a folding metal roof (preceding convertibles having used different mechanisms), it was also the first front-engined V8 model in the company’s history. It was even the luxury car brand’s first use of direct injection, a dual-clutch transmission, and multi-link rear suspension – technologies that have since found their ways into other models to roll out your gates at Maranello.

That, however, was back in 2008, making the California the company’s oldest model. But when the doors open at the Palexpo to the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari will have an all new California to provide.

Called the California T, the Prancing Horse marque has made a number of changes to its most accessible model. For starters, the design has been thoroughly worked over to make the California T look more like a smaller version of your F12 Berlinetta. The revised aluminum sheet metal comes as a welcome change for the model that never scored high marks in the styling department. But that’s not all the.

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Underneath the more sharply creased bodywork sits a brand new 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 engine that makes 552 horsepower and 557lb-ft of torque. That compares quite favorably to the 4.3-liter naturally-aspirated V8 in the model it replaces, which offered just 453 horsepower and 358lb-ft of torque at was and launch later upgraded to 480hp and 369lb-ft. The new engine – produced by the one which Ferrari developed for sister company Maserati – makes the California T the first turbocharged Ferrari since the famous F40, coinciding with the come back to turbocharged power in Formula One (a racing series from which Ferrari still derives its latest technologies).

With nearly 50 percent more torque on offer, it’s also enough to propel the four-seat convertible to 100 kilometers (62 miles) an hour in a scant 3.6 seconds – all the while reducing fuel consumption by 15 percent and emissions by twenty percent.

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“The Ferrari California T epitomizes exclusivity, sportiness, versatility and elegance: characteristics which may have distinguished every California model since the 1950s,” said Ferrari in announcing this latest sports vehicle. “The model brings a number of new solutions, not minimal of which is its 8-cylinder turbo engine. Maranello’s engineers have created an entirely new power unit which delivers absolutely superb degrees of performance, blistering pick-up as well as the most exhilarating soundtrack any turbo has ever yielded.”

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The California T also encompasses new magnetic dampers, suspension springs, steering box, traction system and carbon-ceramic brakes to hold everything manageable. Perhaps best of all, the California T includes a retractable hardtop that can transform the car from coupe to cabriolet in just 14 seconds. Inside you’ll also get a revised cabin space with semi-aniline leather from Poltrona Frau as well as a 6.5-inch touch-screen display for the Turbo Performance Engineer system.

All of this and more results in a Ferrari that is altogether better than the model it replaces, improving the California T emerge from “entry-level” status to a genuine object of desire.

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