There a new Ferrari is in town, this time in the form of the California T. Known as the “Project 149M”, the new Ferrari grand touring sports car was revealed worldwide on Feb 12th and set to be officially launched at Geneva Motorshow this coming March.
The new Ferrari California T will be powered by a new twin-turbocharged 3.8L V8 unit. The California was first launched in 2008, therefore a new model update is imminent. This is also the first Ferrari production car to be powered by a forced induction unit – the last successful Ferrari model that used a twin-turbocharged engine was the legendary Ferrari F40.
Thanks to turbocharging, Ferrari promises 49% more torque with a peak output of 556 ft-lb and a fuel consumption down by 15%. Performance has been boosted with claims of 560HP at 7,500 rpm – that’s additional 70 HP from the predecessor. Similarly with the predecessor, the new California T will be using the dual-clutch transmission. With that this car is capable to clock 0-100 KM/H at 3.6 secs.
The new California T will get the latest tech from Ferrari, ranging from magnetic suspension, upgraded springs and carbon-ceramic braking system. The convertible has a retractable hard-top and comes with two colors at this moment : ‘Rosso California’ and ‘Blue California’.
The California was previously used to be the cheapest and tamest model compared to the 458 Italia and the rest. With turbocharging technology should allow the new California T to be as desirable as the other Ferraris.