Ferrari California T debuts with turbo V8

Bad Professor February 17, 2014 0
Ferrari California T debuts with turbo V8

Ferrari is released it latest super car, the California T, a grand touring car with a more powerful engine and and convertible hard top.  Ferrari was able to squeeze an additional 70hp in this new version of the California, as well as a 49 percent increase in torque while bring fuel consumption down by 15 percent.  The new 3.9 liter V8 turbocharged engine puts out an amazing 560hp, and the exhaust delivers that rich sound Ferrari lovers know.

The great thing about this new California’s engine, is that there is virtually no turbo lag.  This is because of Ferrari’s Variable Boost Management, which it developed on it’s F1 cars.  The twin scroll turbines produce very low inertia, which means a smoother response when you hit the throttle.  While the throaty exhaust is ensured with a specially designed two-stage process incorporating both the intake and exhaust.

All this power means the new California throws down 557 lb-ft of torque and can go from 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds, while producing lower emission than the previous California version.

The engine and exhaust weren’t the only upgrades the new California received.  The new California also received an upgraded steering box, new suspension, and 50-percent faster Magnaride dampers for less roll and pitch.  Ferrari also outfits the California T with its latest iteration of F1-Trac traction control, and there are carbon-ceramic brakes.

As for the inside, the new California has seating for 4, but fitting in those back seats is going to be tight if you’re bigger than a small child.  Everything is wrapped in beautiful Frau semi-aniline leather.  There is a luggage opening between the rear seats for your skis, if your in to taking your Ferrari to hit the slopes.

Also new for the dash is the Turbo Performance Engineer display, with a touch sensitive screen to page through all the data from the engine.  The hard top drops in 14 seconds.

There is still no word on pricing and availability yet, but I’m sure we’ll find out more when Ferrari unveils their new California at the Geneva Moto Show in March.