Ferrari launched their new model which is effectively an overhauled example of their existing California. The new car features a twin-turbocharged 3.8, V8 engine producing an enormous 552bhp. This engine is closely related to the same unit available on the newest Maserati Quattroporte.
The Ferrari claims to have achieved “zero turbo lag” with new technology that adapts the torque curve to each gear change. Chairman Luca di Montezemolo said at the launch “The California T is one of the results of significant investment in product and technological innovation”.
It’s a momentous move for the Italian automaker who have not used a turbo engine since the legendary F40, which ended production some 20 years ago. The move coincides with the new turbo engines introduced in Formula One for the 2014 season.
The twin-turbo’s not only boosts the power from 490bhp over the old car, but massively ramps up the torque and improve the economy from 22mpg to 27, with stop/start functionality.
The new 2014 Ferrari T will keep the folding hardtop roof and a 2+2 configuration which is a very popular design and incredibility practical. When the hard top is up the boot is also quite spacious and usable, not a common feature in most super cars.
The California T is due to be a huge success, with a basic starting price expected to cost just over £155,000.