It looks like a future where Ferrari starts using turbocharged engines is drawing closer and closer to reality.
Rumors that Maranello is considering such a move have risen to the surface in recent weeks and now, well placed sources within Ferrari have told Motor Trend that the next-generation California will indeed get a turbocharged engine, in the form of a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8, similar in design to the powertrain that currently resides under the Maserati Quattroporte’s hood.
It’s not going to be an identical engine, as the one the California will have will be built using all-Ferrari components, but make no mistake, it’s going to be turbocharged, making the new Cali the first Ferrari to use this engine setup since the mighty F40 .
Ferrari didn’t release the performance numbers of this engine, but its worth noting that the Quattroporte’s twin-turbo V-8 packs 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which is significantly more powerful than the current California’s naturally-aspirated, 4.3-liter V-8 that produces 483 horsepower and 372 pound-feet of torque output.
In addition to the turbocharged surprise, the next-gen California will also have its own physical makeover, none more important than reports that the supercar will have receive new body panels to go with an updated interior that will likely be driven up in class relative to what we’ve seen with past California models.
With the rest of its fleet still sparkling from their youthful ages, it’s high time that the California gets the same treatment.
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Gallery Ferrari California
The Ferrari California made its debut in 2008 and is the company’s resident 2+2 hardtop convertible.
It is a front engine, rear wheel drive grand touring sports car and was the first vehicle in four decades that did not carry an alphanumeric appendage.
Now on its last legs, the 2014 Ferrari California is set to be succeeded by a new model in the coming years, possibly one that could end up carrying a turbocharged engine. But that’s a discussion for another time.
The latest California is powered by a 4.3 liter, V-8 engine that delivers an output of 483 horsepower and 373 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 0-60 mph in 3.85 seconds and a top speed of 195 mph.