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Ferrari Set to Unveil the 149M Project on February 12th


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Over the past few months, we’ve caught Ferrari testing what we thought was a revised version of the current California . Well, it now looks like the Prancing Horse will finally unveil this model on February 12th, 2014 — ahead of its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , on March 4th. The new model is expected to hit showrooms in May.

The initial teaser image (above) reveals that the project is codenamed "149M" and, considering that the current California is codenamed F149 and that "M" stands for "modified," than it’s pretty clear that we will see an updated version of the current convertible.

In fact, this is not the first time Ferrari offered an "M" version of a model. If you remember, the 550 was replaced in 2002 by the 575M Maranello , which was nothing more than an updated 550.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari California.

Ferrari California

Ferrari California Handling Speciale

Ferrari unveiled the California back in 2008, and because it was one of the cheapest models the manufacturer ever offered, it soon became a hit with more than 8,000 units sold and with more than 70 percent of them going to first-time clients.

The original version was powered by a 4.3 liter, V-8 engine with an output of 460 horsepower and 357 pound-feet of torque. Then, for the 2012 model year, the California was updated with a Handling Speciale version, which added 30 more horsepower and dropped 66 pounds from the total weight.

California returned a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of just 3.8 seconds and went up to a top speed of 193 mph.



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