Ferrari brought the California onto the market in 2008 and it shortly became one of the best-selling models in the automaker’s lineup, thanks to its relatively low price of $192,000. On the other hand, there are people who consider the California a little bit too soft to wear the prancing-horse badge, so Ferrari has already started to tweak the next-generation in an attempt to make it a little bit more worthy of the brand.
The latest prototypes caught testing around the Fiorano test circuit reveal that one of the most impressive changes will be made under the hood. It appears that the current 4.3-liter V-8 engine will be replaced by a turbocharged version of the company’s new V-8 family that also sees use in the Maserati Quattroporte .
A clear indication of the new engine is the raised bonnet and the extra cooling vents, but of course Ferrari insiders have denied such a possibility. Still, you have to consider that on previous statements, Ferrari confirmed that the company is working on downsizing engines — a must, considering the new emission regulations. On the other hand it is unlikely for Ferrari to invest £40 million (about $65 million) in a facility that will develop a V-8 engine exclusively for Maserati .
Rumors suggest that the next California will be powered by a new 3.8-liter V-8 engine with an output of at least 450 horsepower — a number that will match the California’s current output, but will deliver improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
Expect to see the new Ferrari California launched sometime in late 2014 with sales to begin in 2015.