2015 - 2016 Ferrari California T

2015 - 2016 Ferrari California T
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  • Ferrari California T
  • Year:
    2015- 2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    Seven-Speed Dual Clutch
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    560 @ 7500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    557
  • Displacement:
    3855 cc
  • 0-60 time:
    3.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    196 mph
  • Layout:
    Front mid-ship, rear drive
  • Price:
    197000
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  • body style:

Ferrari’s California T has quickly become a favorite among grand touring aficionados since its introduction for the 2015 model year. The front-engine, hardtop convertible is the least-expensive prancing horse in the Italian automaker’s stable, but offers all the grace and power of a proper Prancing Horse.

The new California underwent some drastic changes with its last redesign. It’s still the same 2+2 sports car, but its appearance is much more striking. Sharper lines add a certain crispness to its exterior and new interior comforts make the idea of long weekends on the road even more enticing.

The big news for the California T is what lurks under the hood: a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 featuring a host of power-adding, fuel-sipping technologies like direct injection and Ferrari’s Variable Boost Management. Producing a potent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque, the California T hits 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The California T replaced a car that was frequently criticized for its softness and lack of Ferrari-ness. Debuting for 2009, the California featured a naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V-8 that made 460 horsepower and 357 pound-feet of torque. Much of the commotion came over that engine’s placement – a mid-front position – which was a first in the automaker’s long history. Nevertheless, the car sold fairly well with its lower-than-average asking price.

However, Ferrari is never one to rest on its laurels. The 2017 model year is bringing a new high-performance handling package for the California T. Called the Handling Speciale, or simply HS package, the new option adds several upgraded bits, including stiffer springs, new damper settings, revised transmission calibration and F1-Trac logic traction control, a sportier exhaust system, and bespoke appearance upgrades.

Update 01/22/2016: Ferrari has announced a new performance handling upgrade for the California T called the Handling Speciale package. It combines several key updates that will give the California T better track handling and a throatier sound.The HS package will make its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2014 Ferrari California T

Wallpaper of the Day: 2014 Ferrari California T

It might be Ferarri’s entry-level model but it’s gorgeous all the same. Go ahead and download a wallpaper or two for your desktop.

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Here's How You Can Own All 350 Of Ferrari's 70th Anniversary Special Edition Models

Here’s How You Can Own All 350 Of Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary Special Edition Models

Well, you won’t be able to but still, it’s worth a shot to get as much as you can

Before any of you start hyperventilating in excitement, there are a few qualifiers to keep note of. The first is that these aren’t the actual special edition cars that Ferrari is planning to roll out as part of its 70th anniversary. These bad boys are 1:8 scale models of the real things and they come from Amalgam Collectibles, the maker of exquisite scale models that have graced these pages a handful of times over the years. Remember the 1:8 versions of the Jaguar E-Type that secretly stole the show at the 2016 Paris Motor Show? Yep, it’s the same company that’s bringing us 350 of these special edition Prancing Horse beauties.

The differentiation among these Ferraris come in the form of liveries, which we also first saw in Paris back in September 2016. All those liveries represented various designs that were pulled from Ferrari’s long and illustrious history, including “The Schumacher,” “The Magnum PI,” and “The Prototype.” All told, Ferrari has 70 unique liveries on offer, all of which will be used on five of the automaker’s current models, including the 488 GTB, 488 Spider, California T, F12 Berlinetta, and the GTC4 Lusso. Do the math and that adds up to 350 different cars, each having their own mini-me versions courtesy of Amalgam Collection.

Needless to say, the scale models come with unparalleled detail. That much we can expect from the same company that brought us those beautiful E-Type scale models in Paris. That said, they don’t come cheap either as each scale model comes with a price tag of $695. If you can stomach that much damage to your wallets, it might be best to pre-order these scale models now ahead of their initial release in July since each of the 350 unique scale models are one-offs.

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Ferrari Launches 70 New Liveries To Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Ferrari Launches 70 New Liveries To Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Pays tribute to its most iconic road and race cars

Although Enzo Ferrari founded the company in 1939 as Auto Avio Construzioni, Ferrari wasn’t recognized as a full-fledged automaker until 1947. Maranello is getting ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary next year and the celebration began at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, where the Italian brand announced the introduction of 70 special liveries that pay tribute to iconic Ferraris from the past.

Five models were selected for the livery feast: the F12beriletta, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, GTC4Lusso, and California T. Each sports car is available with any of the 70 liveries, but there’s a catch. Ferrari will only build one of each model in that livery, meaning there’s won’t be two identical cars with the same paint scheme. For instance, once someone orders a F12berlinetta in livery, that same livery won’t be offered on the same car again. However, it will be available on any of the remaining models (as long as they haven’t been ordered already, that is!).

As a result, Ferrari will build only 350 cars with the special, 70th anniversary liveries.

At the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari showed off four of its new liveries. There was an F12berlinetta inspired by Stirling Moss’ 250 GT SWB race car, a brown California T painted like Steve McQueen’s 250 Lusso, a 488 GTB that pays tribute to Michael Schumacher’s 2003 Formula One racer, and a Ferrari 488 Spider inspired by the 365 P2 that won the Nine Hours of Kyalami in 1965. The latter features the race car’s atypical metallic green paint.

The remaining 66 liveries also include several iconic paint schemes from the company’s past. There’s a red, No. 56 livery paying tribute to the first Ferrari race car from 1947, a red paint with yellow and blue accents on the nose based on Juan Manuel Fangio’s F1 car, as well as liveries inspired by the many Ferraris raced at Le Mans in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Ferrari offers Can-Am- and Sunoco-inspired liveries, as well as paint schemes based on car built for celebrities back in the day.

Each livery comes with its very own name, and some of them are quite interesting. Customers can order "The Heartthrob," "The Patriarch," "Gran Turismo Perfection," "The Lucybelle", "California Dreaming," "The Lauda," "The Wedding Gift," or "The Pro."

There’s no word on pricing, but expect these models to be significantly more expensive than their standard counterparts since they will be unique. Also expect them to sell out quickly, as Ferrari has already received inquiries about matching sets of five cars in one livery.

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2016 Ferrari California T Tailor Made 250 SWB Tribute

2016 Ferrari California T Tailor Made 250 SWB Tribute

This Tailor Made California T pays tribute to the 250 SWB that was once owned by Eric Clapton

The Techno-Classica Motor Show is said to be the world’s biggest trade show for Vintage cars. This year, the show ran from April 6th to April 10th and set a new record with 201,034 visitors over the five-day period. The primary purpose of the show is to host classic cars from any brand and to provide a public trade forum for selling and purchasing some of the world’s prettiest vintage, classic, and prestige vehicles. This year, if you stopped by the Ferrari exhibit, you would have seen a California T that was built to pay tribute to the Ferrari 250 SWB that was once owned by Eric Clapton.

The California T might be Ferrari’s entry-level model and is often criticized for being a car that is purchased “just so you can say you own a Ferrari.” This specific California T, however, isn’t your everyday California T. This California T was designed by Ferrari’s Tailor Made service with a unique paint job and a few other cool features that really set it apart, including a special paint job, some leather upholstery, and it even has a special option equipped that was recently unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show.

Unfortunately, Tailor Made didn’t go as far as to make this California T right-hand drive like Clapton’s 250 SWB, but it still did a fine job paying tribute to his iconic car. So, with that said, let’s take a look at what Tailor Made did to make this California T so special.

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Ferrari Pays Tribute to the Middle East With "Deserto Rosso:" Video

Ferrari Pays Tribute to the Middle East With "Deserto Rosso:" Video

Emotionally charged video speaks volumes without one word being mentioned

It’s no secret that the Middle East is a market that’s near and dear to Ferrari’s heart. It’s not Ferrari’s biggest market - Giulio Zauner, general manager of Ferrari Middle East and Africa, said in December 2015 that the region only accounts for about eight percent of Ferrari production - but it’s arguably one of the most important ones. Zanier attributed that to the high degree of customization of Ferrari cars in the region, especially in the Saudi and UAE markets.

Knowing how the company’s profile has grown exponentially in the area, Ferrari has taken the time out of its busy schedule to release a video that pays tribute to the love affair between the Italian automaker and its loyal clientele in the Middle East. The video is aptly called “Deserto Rosso” - Italian for “Red Desert” - and it signifies the iconic color of Ferrari and the breathtaking sand dunes of some of the world’s most spectacular deserts.

The automaker spared no expense in creating the video, as you can expect from a company like Ferrari. Apparently, it was shot in the deserts surrounding the Liwa Oasis with Ferrari bringing along a pair of California T models to drive around the terrain of the Rub’ al Khali, otherwise known as the Empty Quarter, from sunrise to sunset to cover the whole experience of driving in such a beautiful and identifiable location. It’s arguably one of the best promotional videos that Ferrari has created in a long time. That’s high praise considering that Maranello is famous for its evocative and emotionally stimulating promo videos.

Check it out and rest assured, you’re going to appreciate the lengths by which Ferrari made the video, all because it wanted to tip its hat to one of its most important markets.

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2015 - 2016 Ferrari California T

2015 - 2016 Ferrari California T

Ferrari’s California T has quickly become a favorite among grand touring aficionados since its introduction for the 2015 model year. The front-engine, hardtop convertible is the least-expensive prancing horse in the Italian automaker’s stable, but offers all the grace and power of a proper Prancing Horse.

The new California underwent some drastic changes with its last redesign. It’s still the same 2+2 sports car, but its appearance is much more striking. Sharper lines add a certain crispness to its exterior and new interior comforts make the idea of long weekends on the road even more enticing.

The big news for the California T is what lurks under the hood: a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 featuring a host of power-adding, fuel-sipping technologies like direct injection and Ferrari’s Variable Boost Management. Producing a potent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque, the California T hits 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The California T replaced a car that was frequently criticized for its softness and lack of Ferrari-ness. Debuting for 2009, the California featured a naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V-8 that made 460 horsepower and 357 pound-feet of torque. Much of the commotion came over that engine’s placement – a mid-front position – which was a first in the automaker’s long history. Nevertheless, the car sold fairly well with its lower-than-average asking price.

However, Ferrari is never one to rest on its laurels. The 2017 model year is bringing a new high-performance handling package for the California T. Called the Handling Speciale, or simply HS package, the new option adds several upgraded bits, including stiffer springs, new damper settings, revised transmission calibration and F1-Trac logic traction control, a sportier exhaust system, and bespoke appearance upgrades.

Update 01/22/2016: Ferrari has announced a new performance handling upgrade for the California T called the Handling Speciale package. It combines several key updates that will give the California T better track handling and a throatier sound.The HS package will make its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

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2016 Ferrari California T - Tailor Made

2016 Ferrari California T - Tailor Made

Here in the U.S., all eyes are on the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, the City of Brussels, the Capital of Belgium, is hosting its annual auto show. Last year, one of the models unveiled at the show was the 2015 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Tour De France Edition. That model debuted with a 740-horsepower, 508-pound-foot monster of a V-12 that was mated to an F1 dual-clutch transmission. The car was built to pay homage to the Ecurie Francorchamps GTO that won the Tour de France in 1964, and was a huge international success after its debut. Because of that success, one of Ferrari’s three authorized dealer’s in Belgium teamed up with the Tailer Made program again – this time, to bring a bespoke version of the California T to the 2016 Brussels Auto Show.

Aptly named the California T Tailor Made, the car was built to pay respect to the Ferrari 458 GT3 – the car that won the Pro-Am Cup class at the 2015 24 Hours of Spa with “Gimmi” Bruni, Alessandro Pier Guidi, Pasin Lathouras and Stephane Lemert rotating control of the helm. As part of paying homage to that 458 GT3, this California T sports some of the same livery as the 458 GT3 inside and out.

Since this California T has just debuted in Brussels, there is no telling if it will be as successful as the Tour De France edition of the F12 from last year, but the chances are that it will be. So, without wasting any more time, let’s take a good close look at the Tailor Made California T and what features make it so special.

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Ferrari Recalls 2016 California T For Fire Risk

Ferrari Recalls 2016 California T For Fire Risk

While they’re fast and cool, Ferraris are by no means bulletproof. For instance, the 458 Italia was known for its ability to catch fire due to an adhesive used in the wheel-arch assemblies. More recently, Maranello had to recall thousands of vehicles over airbag issues (most of them fitted with faulty Takata parts), a campaign that included the 458 Italia, F12berlinetta and the California T. Now, the latter is being called back to dealerships for a second time in 2015, this time around to fix a low pressure fuel line.

According to the Italian manufacturer, some 304 convertibles built between September 8 and November 11, 2015 maybe have a low pressure fuel line that may not be connected properly to the fuel pump feed pipe. The said defect could result in a fuel leak in the engine compartment, which may increase the risk of a fire.

To fix the issue, Ferrari will replace the low pressure fuel line assembly free of charge. The recall began on December 14, 2015, and Ferrari claims it has already notified owners. If you own a California T and you’re concerned about the fuel line, you can can contact Ferrari at 1-201-816-2600 for more information.

Fortunately, there are no reports of injuries or deaths related to the problem.

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2015 Ferrari California T By "Tailor Made"

2015 Ferrari California T By "Tailor Made"

The 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider took the Frankfurt Motor Show by storm, ushering in a new era of drop-top heaven for Ferrari enthusiasts. But the 488 Spider wasn’t the only Ferrari in attendance at Frankfurt. Maranello also brought a pair of personalized versions of the 2015 Ferrari California T, built specifically for the show to showcase the drop-top supercar’s potential under Ferrari’s Tailor-Made personalization program.

The Tailor Made program began in 2011 to give Ferrari customers the opportunity to put their personal imprints on their supercars. In the four years it’s been around, the program has built some high-quality bespoke Ferraris, including the 2014 Ferrari FF Dressage Edition, the 2013 Ferrari FF Czech Edition, and the 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta Polo Edition. The two Tailor Made California Ts at Frankfurt don’t carry any fancy names like “Dressage” or “Polo,” but they do give us a peek into the possibilities of what customers can do to their own California Ts.

With the likes of Aston Martin (Q by Aston Martin), Lamborghini (Ad Personam Personalization), and McLaren (MSO) also offering their own personalization programs, Ferrari needs to be on top of its game to make the Tailor Made program competitive against its rivals. With the two Tailor Made California Ts at Frankfurt, it’s nice to see that Maranello’s taking its personalization program seriously. One of the two personalized California Ts was inspired by the iconic Ferrari 1957 250 TR, which raced in the “Buenos Aires 1,000 Kilometre” in January, 1958.

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Next Ferrari California Could be More Track-Focused

Next Ferrari California Could be More Track-Focused

As good as they are, the Ferrari California and updated 2015 Ferrari California T that replaced it have never really been able to get past being perceived as the boulevard-cruising, entry-level (despite costing around $200,000) Ferraris for people who really only want to be seen in a Ferrari. The reality is quite different, but nonetheless the next California will be a much more performance-oriented, hardcore sports car.

According to a new report from Automobile, a new California will arrive in 2017 with a more aggressive attitude. With a new emphasis on on-track performance, the new car will be lower to ground and powered by a new front-mid-mounted 2.9-liter V-6 with around 600 horsepower, which could also power a new 2018 Ferrari Dino. It will also usher in Ferrari’s next-generation design language, which is expected to be even more radical and flamboyant than the company’s current offerings.

Like the current California, it will also get a folding hardtop, but it will be lighter and take up less trunk space. A fixed-roof version could be offered too. It will be built on Ferrari’s new modular matrix aluminum space-frame architecture, which will accommodate both front- and mid-engine next-generation Ferraris.

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One-Off Ferrari California T Tailor Made Will Be Unveiled In Goodwood

One-Off Ferrari California T Tailor Made Will Be Unveiled In Goodwood

It’s always a tossup whether manufacturers like Ferrari will bring anything to events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed. While not technically an international auto show, it does attract almost as much attention from the automotive world at this point. So this year, Ferrari is participating, but in a restrained fashion, by sending a 2015 Ferrari California T that has been customized by the Tailor Made department. The blue-and-white color scheme is supposed to be polo and horse-racing themed, appropriate enough for a company with a horse for a logo.

The car certainly looks good, but the main focus here seems to be on the interior material, a proprietary material only available in Ferraris and called “Mycro Prestige.” Questionable name aside, this material is supposed to be pretty impressive; flameproof, water resistant, offering good grip and much thinner and lighter than regular leather. It’s difficult to get of a sense of what it’s like just from the photos, so we’ll just have to take Ferrari’s word for it for now. But it certainly does look good, as does the rest of the car, but that shouldn’t come as too big a surprise.

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Ferrari California T Configurator Updated with New Colors and Options

Ferrari California T Configurator Updated with New Colors and Options

Introduced for the 2015 model year, the California T created quite a stir among Ferrari enthusiasts, who saw the turbocharged convertible as a sign that Maranello had already begun to move away from naturally aspirated V-8 engines. But despite upsetting a few fans, the California T soon regained its popularity due to its increased output and reduced fuel consumption. Since then, Ferrari had already launched the 488 GTB, a turbocharged successor to the 458 Italia and the second member of the brand’s new family of sports cars employing forced induction.

The main reason I’m talking about the California T more than a year after its official debut is because the car’s online configurator just became a lot more fun. Ferrari has added an array of new colors and options to this online app, making the drop-top as customizable as any other model in the lineup.

If you’re looking to either book a California T or just have some fun and check out what’s new in the online configurator, this is the best time to give it a go. You can start designing your very own Ferrari by clicking here. Or you can continue reading past the break for more info and use our comments box below to share your creation with us.

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2015 Ferrari California T "Tailor Made" Edition

2015 Ferrari California T "Tailor Made" Edition

Ferrari has introduced a bespoke California T created by the company’s Tailor Made division at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. Built specifically for the Chinese show, the California T "Tailor Made" illustrates how Ferrari’s customization program allows clients to commission unique cars. The bespoke convertible joins the FF Dressage Edition and the F12berlinetta Polo Edition, which Ferrari unveiled with the same purpose when it opened its first Tailor Made Center in Asia Pacific in 2014.

But while the Dressage and Polo Editions were inspired by horsemanship and the game of polo, respectively, they also celebrated the Chinese Year of the Horse. The California T "Tailor Made" is inspired by two style icons from the past: actress Ingrid Bergman and former First Lady of the U.S., Jacqueline Kennedy. As usual, the Italians opted for an understated exterior and an extensively customized interior, with all sorts of unique and luxurious features.

Much like the FF Tailor Made showcased a few months ago, this California T is here to prove there’s always room to improve a Ferrari; all you need is a fat wallet.

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Video: Ferrari California T Takes a Trip to Monte Carlo

Video: Ferrari California T Takes a Trip to Monte Carlo

Being a test driver for any one of Italy’s finest auto brands is a difficult job. We can’t even begin to imagine the amount of pressure involved with that job. It’s not enough that you simply know how to drive; often times, it’s more important for you to know every little element about the car you’re driving, even down to the minutest of details.

But there are a lot of perks that come with having that specific role. Just ask Valentino Balboni, the former chief test driver of Lamborghini who has a Lamborghini Gallardo named after him.

Ferrari test driver Raffaele De Simone still has a lot of years left before he can be in the class of Balboni or even Dario Benuzzi, Ferrari’s own godfather among its test drivers.

But De Simone has become an integral part of the Prancing Horse since coming on board in 2000 as a 20-year old neophyte. These days, De Simone is one of Ferrari’s most popular test drivers, which affords him the right to drive pretty much any Ferrari he wants using company time. De Simone can even go into joyrides masquerading as test sessions, as was the case recently when he decided to take a Ferrari Calfornia T to Monte Carlo.

You can immediately tell from the beginning of the video how comfortable De Simone is behind the California T. He knows it inside and out, which also explains why navigating through the Col de Turini mountain pass looked like a leisurely stroll through the park for the guy. In between describing all the technical machinations of the California T and driving the car full throttle on one of the toughest stages of the Monte Carlo Rally, De Simone still had time to enjoy himself as he was doing it.

That’s the sign of a man who loves his job and wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world.

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2014 Ferrari "La Famiglia" Collection by Wheelsandmore

2014 Ferrari "La Famiglia" Collection by Wheelsandmore

It’s been a while since we last heard from Wheelsandmore. Actually, it’s been too long. But the German tuner knows how to make a comeback. Each and every time Wheelsandmore builds a program, you can count on it being comprehensive. The only thing different about this program is that it’s not limited to just one unit, but three; three Ferraris, to be exact.

The Ferrari F12berlinetta, the Ferrari FF, and the Ferrari California are all part of the tuner’s new "La Famiglia" program and all received the same tender, love, and care from Wheelsandmore, the kind that we’ve all come to know from the German company. Each Ferrari received a new set of wheels, obviously, and modest performance gains.

A handful of cosmetic upgrades were also given to the three Ferraris, although you’d be hard-pressed to notice them outside of the traditional Wheelsandmore decal that runs along the length of each Ferrari.

Take a good, long look at these new Ferrari programs from Wheelsandmore. All three share the undeniable character and flair of the German aftermarket company, right down to the gnarly set of wheels and those subtle performance improvements.

Welcome back, Wheelsandmore. We missed you.

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Check out These Truly "American" Ferraris

Check out These Truly "American" Ferraris

Ever wondered what Ferrari would look like if it became, to quote former CEO Luca di Montezemolo, “American?" Well, Jalopnik writer and artist Jason Torchinsky did just that, creating a series of hilarious Ferrari-based renderings that show a number of models receiving America’s unabashed imprint.

The F12 Brougham and the FF Sportwagen could actually pass of as legitimate Ferraris if you’re looking at them while in an inebriated state, but that’s the extent of it. The rest of the renderings take a turn for the insanely hilarious. There’s the 458 Montana SUV that looks like a moustachioed 458 on PEDs; the 458 Eagle with “vertical stabilizing fins” and a Pontiac Firebird-inspired eagle hood graphic; the 458 Rebele with welded doors and General Lee-inspired livery; and the three-wheeled Florida T with an exposed supercharger and a meth-dispenser system.

But the coup de grâce is the limited edition LaFerrari Van that might actually make for a pretty decent family car if not for the fact that it isn’t real.

Well done, Jason. Well done. Somewhere Ferrari executives are typing up a cease and desist letter.

Click past the jump to see how Ferrari’s lineup will look like if it really was becoming "American."

Image Credit: Jason Torchinsky
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Ferrari Considers Supercharged Engine With Electric Turbocharger

Ferrari Considers Supercharged Engine With Electric Turbocharger

If you thought the new era of F1 with small, hybrid, turbocharged cars was a bad idea, listen up. Not only have Mercedes and Audi revealed new engines and cars that are using an electrified turbo system similar in function to the new F1 cars, Ferrari has jumped into the mix now too. According to a new report from 4 Wheel News, Ferrari is working on a new engine that features both a supercharger and an electronic turbo.

Now if you are a Ferrari purist, please put down the gun/torch/big stick and listen. The report clearly states that Ferrari’s high-end, V-12 cars will remain, and that the V-12 engines powering them will also remain naturally aspirated.

The supercharger will help provide lots of power with a small footprint, and the instant torque and boost from the electric turbocharger will reduce lag in the forced-induction system and help cut emissions and increase fuel economy.

We don’t have any information on what size or configuration the engine will come in, but considering the main goal of this engine is to cut emissions, I wouldn’t be surprised to see smaller V-8. A de-bored version of the California T’s 3.8-liter down to 3.6-liter wouldn’t be improbable. Ferrari could also go for a V-6 configuration. Whatever it chooses, expect power outputs to still be well above the 500-horsepower mark.

It is still a Ferrari after all.

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Video: Ferrari California T Review

Video: Ferrari California T Review

The Ferrari California T solved a lot of "image issues" its predecessor, the California, had. The original California was wrongfully labelled as a "chick Ferrari." But the California T doesn’t have any problems of that sort to deal with. In its own way, the new entry-level Ferrari has crafted an identity of its own, thanks in large part to becoming the first turbocharged Ferrari to hit the scene since the iconic Ferrari F40.

A shift towards building more fuel-efficient cars led Ferrari to this turbocharged road. Not that any of us are complaining because the California T embodies everything a Ferrari should stand for.

It looks incredible. It’s got incredible power to the tune of 560 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque, to go with a 0-to-60-mph sprint time of just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph. Those are true supercar figures right there.

But most of all, as Autocar’s Matt Prior tells us, it has the same fuel efficiency numbers as a Vauxhall Insignia VXR.

At any other time, comparing a Ferrari to a Vauxhall is tantamount to high treason. But that’s not the case when you’re talking about fuel efficiency because the higher fuel returns the California T is compared to, the more incredible it becomes.

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Ferrari Teases 149M Project Once Again

Ferrari Teases 149M Project Once Again

The wait is almost over as Ferrari teases us once again about their new car debuting tomorrow. The swooping line drawing above shows a few promenade features that all but promise us a new California.

Adding to the suggestion is Ferrari’s codename for the upcoming car: 149M. Like we said before, that codename is awful close to the California’s chassis code of F149 and in previous Ferrari updates, they’ve tacked on an M to chassis codes to represent “Modified.”

We’ve already reported this “modified” version of the California is said to be powered by a new twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 making 560 horsepower. Outward appearances will change too, with a more F12-inspired look, including a more aggressive grille and headlights that recall something between an F12 and FF. The F12 look will continue out back as the rear fascia is said to share many of its characteristics.

The California’s new interior is also getting a healthy update in the infotainment department with rumors of Apple’s iOS In The Car making its appearance. Other changes to the cockpit will likely be rather dramatic, as Ferrari revamps one of its most popular (and least expensive) supercars for the last half of this decade.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed as we’ll bring you all the nitty-gritty information from Ferrari as soon as it becomes available.

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New Ferrari California Will Get F12-Inspired Look, More Powerful Engine

New Ferraris are always big deals and when we hear news about an updated model, we get excited. That’s exactly what’s happening here with information gathered from a Ferrari forum regarding the new California. The news comes via a Ferrari dealer conference in Maranello last November. Through a “spilling of the beans,” the public is hearing details about the new car.

For starters, the car will definitely still be called the California. It will also be powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 kicking out 560 horsepower. Sounds good so far.

The headlights are said to be a mix between the F12 and the FF, as they follow the edge of the bodywork, even sharing the same crease as the upper finder. The front will is more aggressive with larger side intakes at the grille. The hood will feature a single heat extractor, like on the F12, but much smaller.

The new California won’t get the awesome air bridge the F12 has, but will share a similar scallop in the door design. Out back, the taillights are said to be very similar to the current model’s. The exhaust below that, however, will look much more like the current F12’s save for the lack of the center aero sculpting. In its place, the lower black fascia will continue across the car’s rump uninterrupted.

The interior is said to be completely revised. An upgraded infotainment system will likely feature Apple’s new iOS In The Car integration. Not much more was said about the cockpit expect that the changes will be rather dramatic. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any and all breaking news on the new Ferrari California.

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

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

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.

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Turn 10 Studios Drops a New IGN Pack for Forza 5

Turn 10 Studios Drops a New IGN Pack for Forza 5

For all of the attention being paid to Gran Turismo 6, Forza 5 must be feeling pretty left out. So, in an attempt to steal some of the spotlight back, game developer Turn 10 Studios has released a new downloadable content for the Xbox game, called the IGN Car Pack.

Made up of 10 very diverse models, the IGN Car Pack features a wide variety of rides ranging from old supercars like the 1957 Ferrari 250 California, the 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello and the Lamborghini Reventon, to present-day makes like the 2013 Caterham Superlight R500, and the 2014 Mercedes A45 AMG), and old-school classics like the 1977 Ford Escort RS1800, the 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409, the 1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, and the 1984 Peugeot 205 T16.

There’s a lot to like about the list, although we would’ve liked to seen a bigger list than the one the IGN Car Pack has. If anything, Turn 10 Studios needs to get its game up to another level because its nemesis, Gran Turismo 6, is doing it these days in spades.

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Ferrari California Successor Will Have 552 Horsepower On Tap

More and more details of the Ferrari California successor are coming out and slowly but surely, the puzzle coming from Maranello is becoming more and more complete.

The latest bit of information is pretty big and it comes by way of Autocar. According to the popular UK magazine, the next-generation Calfornia will carry a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that will carry an output of 552 horsepower. The turbocharged powertrain will likewise provide Ferrari’s entry-level model with a throatier soundtrack, at least compared to the naturally-aspirated V-8 that the current California has under its hood.

Equally important news is the styling of the next-gen California, which, as its been reported, will draw inspiration from the F12berlinetta, particularly the front end. It’ll definitely be interesting how Ferrari designers can infuse the spirit of the F12berlinetta into the design without compromising the California’s distinctive style.

There are definitely still more questions than answers at this point. But if it’s true that the next-gen California will have that much power under its hood, then it should bode well for those who have been waiting for the model to arrive.

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New Ferrari California to Use the Maserati Quattroporte’s Twin-Turbo Engine

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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Ferrari California Successor Could Get Turbocharged Engine

For years, rumors of Ferrari using turbocharged engines have risen up to the surface time and again. While the automaker has yet to venture down that path, it looks like its warming up to the idea for some of its future models.

One model, in particular, that could get a turbocharged engine in the future is the successor to the Ferrari California. At least that’s what Ferrari CEO Amadeo Felisa indicated in a recent interview with [Top Gear].

When asked if turbochargers have a future with the Prancing Horse, Felisa indicated that in order to successfully evolve the California line, the successor would need to have a turbocharger under its hood. The CEO stopped short of actually confirming such a move, but the signs are pointing in that direction, especially since the company has spent millions developing the technology to satisfy Formula One regulations call for the use of turbocharged engines beginning next year.

So, after years of whispers and rumors floating around, Ferrari using turbochargers may finally come to fruition in the near future, possibly with the release of the successor to the California, which is due out in 2015.

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2013 Ferrari California by Revozport

2013 Ferrari California by Revozport

When we showed you Revozport’s program for the Ferrari F12berlinetta, you may have noticed that there was a Ferrari California in the background of one of the photos.

Apparently, that wasn’t an accident because Revozport also did work on the California. Say hello to the RZF-California aero kit.

Like the F12berlinetta, the California also received numerous aerodynamic components from the Hong Kong-based tuning company. Enough to even turn some heads in the direction of the senior supercar in Ferrari’s lineup.

It’s easy to ignore the California these days because it doesn’t carry the same styling language as the rest of the lineup. But with Revozport’s program, you won’t have to worry about your California being left out of aftermarket-program fun.

And to its credit, Revozport did a pretty impressive job on the supercar, giving it a more refined look while also providing enough downforce to allow the California to make the most of its 4.3 liter V-8 engine that nets 483 horsepower and 373 pound-feet of torque.

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Video: Ferrari California Prototype Caught with Whistling Turbos

Video: Ferrari California Prototype Caught with Whistling Turbos

Since last year, rumors have been floating around that Ferrari is going to unveil a new-generation California soon. Quite a strange move from the Italian company, considering the model was unveiled just five years ago. However, with the California being the most successful model in its lineup, we can’t blame Ferrari for wanting to keep it fresh and updated.

Rumors suggested that the second-generation California will use a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and the latest prototype caught testing by Marchettino at the Fiorano racetrack in the above video adds some substance to these rumors. Listen closely from low engine speeds and you can hear the faint whistling from the engine.

It is believed that the engine will be the same used in the new-generation Maserati Quattroporte - not a big surprise, considering it has been developed in cooperation with Ferrari. This new engine will deliver a little bit more power over the current generation, so we will likely see a 500-horsepower California when the second-gen model rolls out.

The new generation Ferrari California is expected to be unveiled by the end of the year.

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2013 Ferrari California by Tunerworks Performance

2013 Ferrari California by Tunerworks Performance

With all that’s happening in the wonderful world of Maranello these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of Ferrari’s new fleet of supercars.

But don’t overlook the baby of the family, the Ferrari California, because it’s still got some mighty-strong appeal to a lot of aftermarket companies, including Tunerworks Performance.

The word “sublime” is rarely used in the automotive world to describe a car’s visceral appeal, but that word appears appropriate when it comes to the work Tunerworks Performance put in to the California. It’s a comprehensive list really that really adds more pop to the look of the supercar while also giving it a more pronounced handling experience that customers will undoubtedly enjoy.

The most discernible difference Tunerworks gave to the California is the installation of a new carbon-fiber aero kit courtesy of Novitec. The hood has a more dramatic swoop and a larger hood scoop, providing a streamlined look that complements its stature as a Prancing Horse. Smoked OEM markers add a touch of exclusivity to the car, while the handling and performance improvements are taken care of by a host of other upgrades, including a new valved exhaust system, a new lowering suspension setup, and a new set of carbon-fiber and matte-black Novitec three-piece wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires.

Under its hood, the California retains its 4.3-liter V8 engine that produces over 480 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 373 pounds-feet of torque, which is good enough to allow the car to hit 62 mph in less than four seconds with a top speed of about 193 mph.

The lack of any engine upgrades notwithstanding, Tunerworks Performance did a great job giving the California the kind of improved look that can give its new big brothers a run for their money.

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Next Ferrari California Could Pack a Twin-Turbo Engine

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.

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2012 Ferrari California by CDC Performance

2012 Ferrari California by CDC Performance

While everyone’s attention is being directed toward the new Ferrari F12berlinetta, CDC Performance has unveiled a tuning kit for the oft-forgotten Ferrari California. It includes a basic exterior upgrade, but the most impressive changes have been made under the hood.

The exterior kit includes a new front spoiler, rear diffuser and front grille — all made in carbon fiber. Inside the California, the only modification is the addition of Alcantara with Rosso stitching.

As you can see, the exterior and interior modifications have been kept to a minimum because the tuner’s attention is focused on what lays beneath the hood. The California’s V-8 engine is been equipped with a supercharger system with intercooling that increases the output to a total of 600 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque – that’s an increase of 117 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque. The model has also been equipped with a new standalone exhaust system that offers up a beautiful symphony of engine noise.

The tuner also installed a suspension lift system that can lower or raise the ride height by 40 millimeters (1.5 inch). The car rolls on a set of forged alloy wheels, measuring in at 9-by-21 inches up front and 12-by-22 inches out back. The wheels are wrapped in 255/30R21 and 315/25R22 tires, respectively.

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Pair of Ferraris Demolish Each Other in China

Pair of Ferraris Demolish Each Other in China

Ten years ago, seeing a Ferrari in China was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but with its economy being one of the few thriving in the world and its people slowly climbing the world’s income ladder, it is becoming far more common. Along with the Ferraris on the road come more smashed up Ferraris on the shoulder of the road. Enter in the latest crash on the Baomao Expressway and you have one of the more extreme ones that we have seen in a while.

It’s not the number of cars or the cumulative amount of automotive damage caused, but rather the fact the Ferrari California and 458 Italia hit each other so hard that it ripped the California’s 453-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-8 engine – we assume it’s the California’s because the rear end of the Italia is intact – along with half of the drivetrain, right out of the car. Now, we are not too sure of the exact timeline and details of the crash, but it is apparent that the California and Italia hit each other at extremely high speeds. Scary stuff…

We don’t know anything about injuries, so we can’t comment on that. We simply hope everyone made it out alive. We can all assume that both Ferraris are too far gone to recover and are set to meet their final resting place in a scrapyard somewhere in China.

We’ll pass along more information, if it becomes available.

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Hot Chicks and Hot Cars, `Nuff Said...

Hot Chicks and Hot Cars, `Nuff Said...

You know we love hot cars because we write about them all day every day. Well, when we catch hot women driving hot cars, that just makes our trek toward the weekend all the more fun. Mr. Smee150 has blessed both our eyes and ears with a plethora of rather well-built women whipping some just as well put together cars.

This all takes place in Monaco, AKA the land where even a janitor drives a new Audi, in July. The array of cars include a Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster , Ferrari 599 GTO, Ferrari California, Bentley Continental GT, Gemballa Porsche 911, Maserati Grancabrio, Bentley Azure, Mansory Stallone Ferrari 599 GTB (my personal favorite), and an Aston Martin DBS Volante.

What a list that is. I just wish we could find out who each woman driving each car is and how exactly she got her hands on it. We’d also like to find out which ones are single and would like a strapping young American lad... For, umm, my friend...Yeah! My friend wants to know.

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Video: Turbocharged Ferrari California in the Works or Just a Test Mule?

Video: Turbocharged Ferrari California in the Works or Just a Test Mule?

Ferrari hasn’t been one to use turbochargers in its cars in recent years. Its engineers have prided themselves in maximizing the power from V-8 and V-12 naturally-aspirated powerhouses since the F40 went out of production in 1992. Now that we are just passing the 2-decade mark since the turbocharger went extinct in the prancing horse’s lineup, we are getting news that a new California was spotted and videoed sporting the familiar whistle of a turbocharger.

Here’s the deal though… It has already been announced that Ferrari is manufacturing, or at least helping manufacture, a pair of turbocharged power plants for Maserati, Lancia, and Alfa Romeo. Could this mysterious whistling California just be the test mule for the engine that Ferrari is developing? It is a distinct possibility, but it is mighty early in the process to be mule testing a complete engine, unless the project has been going on longer than we know.

Then again, there is the possibility that Ferrari is simply equipping its test mule fleet with various turbos to test their responsiveness and reliability to make sure the best option is chosen. The other possibility, which is the most intriguing one, is the chance that Ferrari is thinking about turbocharging the California.

The California is relatively underpowered compared to its entry-level rival, the Lamborghini Gallardo, and a turbocharger would definitely help close that 97-horsepower gap without adding two more cylinders to the California. Back in 2008, it was reported that Ferrari were developing a flat-six turbocharged engine to use in a selection of its future sports car, and this turbo California could be that exact car. It’s not yet known if this particular mule was sporting that six-cylinder engine, but a turbocharged Ferrari with less than eight-cylinders definitely makes sense if Ferrari aims to reduce carbon emissions in its future cars.

Regardless of this being just a test mule for its sister companies’ new engine or one for Ferrari itself that sounds like one monstrous turbo, even the spool-down noise is obnoxiously loud – in a good way.

You be the judge, is this boost for Ferrari or is it just early testing of the donor engine for Lancia, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo? We are not too certain, but either way, it sounds awesome.

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Ferrari recalls 206 458 Italia and California models worldwide

Back in 2010, the Ferrari 458 Italia faced some serious fire problems leading to an eventual recall and some groans from potential owners. Thankfully, the Italian automaker resolved the issue and the sports cars were sent back onto the road. Everything seemingly went back to normal, but now British magazine AutoCar is reporting that Ferrari is recalling a number of 458 Italia and California due to an incorrect finish to the crankshafts in question. If the crankshaft is not replaced, it can cause unwanted vibrations which can damage the engine.

A total of 206 units are said to have this problem from 13,000 units that were built. Ferrari is now asking all customers affected to take their cars back to the dealers to have the problem solved: "We are writing to all clients affected now, asking them to return the car to a dealer for the work to be done," said a Ferrari spokesman.

We are not sure about the number of units number affected specifically on the US market, but in the UK there are 16 cars affected, 10 California models and six 458 Italia models.

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Red Carpet Car Crash: Ferrari California Vs. Two Limos

Red Carpet Car Crash: Ferrari California Vs. Two Limos

Rear-end collisions involving supercars are no new thing. A large percentage of their owners have no real regard for the speed limit and tend to launch these super-expensive machines into the rear end of slower-moving vehicles. Because of how common these wrecks are, we typically pass them off as not newsworthy.

Of course, when an accident looks more like it happened during the red carpet affair at the Emmy Awards ceremonies, our ears tends to perk up a little. This time around, a $200K Ferrari California “lightly tapped” the rear end of what appears to be a Lincoln stretched limo. By “lightly tapped,” we ultimately mean slammed into the rear end at a fairly high rate of speed.

This California driver hit the rear end of the limo so hard that it pushed this massive luxury transporter forward hard enough to smash it into the rear of yet another Lincoln stretched limo. We managed to scrounge up a video of the accident’s aftermath, but unfortunately, we were not able to find footage of the actual accident, which was likely an extravagant display of speed and complete disregard for public safety.

By looking at the accident’s results, it doesn’t look like anyone was hurt. The Ferrari owner’s wallet, on the other hand, is likely hurting pretty badly, as is his ego. You really have to wonder how fast this guy was driving to push a car nearly three to four times its weight forward into another car, while at a stop.

Sit back, enjoy the above video, and have a nice chuckle. Let this be a warning though, just because you drive a supercar, you are not automatically a super driver.

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2013 Ferrari California Handling Speciale

2013 Ferrari California Handling Speciale

After being rumored for quite some time, the Ferrari California Handling Speciale has officially been introduced almost a full month before its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The first details offered by Ferrari are that the Handling Speciale will be 66 lbs lighter and will deliver 30 HP more than the standard model.

The new Ferrari California Handling Speciale is equipped with new exhaust manifolds and, after some engine mapping, the V8 engine now delivers a total of 490 HP and a peak torque of 372 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm. Ferrari also used plenty of aluminum, as well as construction technologies used by the Scaglietti Center of Excellence to offer the decrease in weight and maximize the increase in power. This translates to a more dynamic and faster vehicle with a 0-60 mph sprint time of just 3.8 seconds.

Handling is also improved modifications to the suspension set-up that minimize body roll and make the car even more responsive to driver inputs. Magnetorheological dampers controlled by even faster ECU (-50% response time) running patented Ferrari software are also added to the mix for better response, with stiffer springs for more precise body control and a more comfortable ride. Finally, the California benefits from faster turn-in with smaller steering wheel angles thanks to a new steering box with a 10% quicker steering ratio.

Updated 05/11/2012: Ferrari has unveiled a new video presenting the technical details behind their new California. Enjoy!

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Paris Hilton's Black Friday Purchase: A Red Ferrari California

Paris Hilton’s Black Friday Purchase: A Red Ferrari California

The Ferrari California isn’t the newest model in Ferrari’s line-up, so there typically isn’t any reason to splatter news about it on the front page. That is, until a celebrity decides to do a little Black Friday shopping in a Ferrari dealership.

Paris Hilton has chosen a bright red Ferrari California as an early Christmas present for herself and, although we think the 460 HP California is an amazing supercar, we have to wonder why she opted for this particular model and not for Ferrari’s newest roadster model: the 570 HP 459 Italia Spyder. Maybe she’s had her fill of the super speedy since she just received a 560 HP Lexus LF-A for her 30th birthday. Or maybe she just got a really good Black Friday deal. Either way, this beautiful, red Ferrari California has just joined the elite group of amazing vehicles owned by Hilton’s princess.

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2011 Ferrari California "Surfista Silver Star" by DMC

2011 Ferrari California "Surfista Silver Star" by DMC

While there doesn’t appear to be anything "regular" about a Ferrari California, it’s also important to know that tuning companies like DMC can still take something as "regular" as this Italian supercar and turn it into a monstrous piece of carbon fiber mayhem.

The Dusseldorf-based tuning company has come out with special aerodynamic and performance upgrades that would make any fan of the Prancing Horse drool with envy. Heck, they even have a pretty slick name for it: the Surfista Silver Star!

The program carries plenty of carbon fiber as DMC made sure to use the expensive material on the body kit, including a new silver carbon fiber splitter on the front, one that improves downforce at high speeds. In addition to that, DMC also added a sliver carbon fiber rear diffuser that minimizes the upforce on the rear axle, a new carbon fiber apron, new carbon fiber side skirts, and a new set of 21" and 22" wheels courtesy of ADV1 Wheels.

On the engine front, DMC modified the California’s 4,297 cc V8 engine by using a turbo-loader with physically enlarged injection nozzles and adding a new tailor made crankshaft and a new exhaust system that’s made of T309 stainless steel. These modifications boosted the supercar’s output from the standard 460 horsepower all the way up to 606 horsepower. Translate that to performance figures and you have a supercar that can hit 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds while reaching a top speed of 202 mph.

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More Powerful Ferrari California Spotted: GTO or Scuderia?

More Powerful Ferrari California Spotted: GTO or Scuderia?

The fact that Ferrari is preparing a more powerful version of the Ferrari California should not be a surprise to anyone. That’s the funny thing about tradition; it’s predictable. At some point or another, every other Ferrari model has received a more powerful engine - even if only as a special edition - so the California will be no exception.

Our spy photographers have caught a strange Ferrari California prototype testing around Maranello with a special feature on its front hood, or rather, under its hood. This prototype was caught with a strange bulb on the hood and different air intakes, leading us to think of only one thing: a turbo engine. Especially since the spy photographers also said that the engine sounded like a turbo and that the engineers on the race track had to remove the cover on the lower end of the hood to ensure that the engine would get enough cooling.

The only question we have is if this new, more powerful California will be penned a Scuderia or a GTO. Whichever name christens this sports car will probably only be revealed after we see the facelift California rumored to debut sometime in late 2011.

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2012 Ferrari California

2012 Ferrari California

Ferrari launched the California GT back in 2008 at the Paris Auto Show, but for the 2012 model year, the California will get some special treatment in the form of a big update. The model will be about 66 lbs lighter and will deliver an additional 30 HP. Both the exterior and interior will also be improved.

The new 2012 Ferrari California will be powered by the same 4.3 liter V8 engine, but will get new software and improved machining of the internals to achieve the 30 HP boost. This increase will bring the output up to a total of 483 HP and 373 lb-ft of torque. And since it is also 66 lbs lighter, performance will get a bump as well. The revised California will make the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.85 seconds (down from 4.0 seconds).

Next to the technical improvements, the 2012 California will receive a few exterior and interior updates, including a bigger hard drive for the in-car entertainment system, 40 GB up from the current 30.

The new California will go into production in January 2012, making a debut in late 2011 a necessity.

UPDATE 04/13/2012: After making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the new 2012 California has been taken to Maranello where the car was tested by company drivers and the engineers that developed it. Check out the video by clicking on the image above!

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Living the dream

Auto valet systems are common in Europe and Asia, but have been slow to catch on in North America. This is the first one in Canada and I was lucky enough to be asked to drive a Ferrari California to demonstrate the system, ironically before I drove it, the California was not one of my favourite Ferrari’s, but it is now. I had to start the car over a hundred times and every time I did the roar from the V8 sent a shiver down my spine. The thrill of spending 14 hours with a Ferrari cemented my desire to own one and more importantly to make my TV show "First Rides" a reality. It’s all about exotic cars driving on the amazing roads of Canada’s glorious landscape. If you like Top Gear(UK) then "First Rides" will be right up your alley!

The first link is for the auto valet system, the second is a First Rides Teaser.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLu-eYxV26E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juHb4rEuGXo

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2011 Ferrari California Kahn Monza Edition by Project Kahn

2011 Ferrari California Kahn Monza Edition by Project Kahn

Project Kahn has never been ashamed in rolling out tuning packages for some of the most powerful cars in the world. Sure, they do a lot of work on Land Rovers - more than we’d like to count, actually - but every so often, they go the Italian route and work on something a little more exotic.

The UK-based tuner’s latest project involves a Ferrari California, one that has been given numerous aesthetic improvements, including a set of 21" matte black forged Monza wheels in the front and 22" versions at the back. On top of that, Project Kahn also dressed up the interior with new accessories, most notable of which are new Dayton seats in black with white piping and stitching, a carbon fiber dashboard, a new carbon steering wheel, and a touched up instrument panel and infotainment system, among other things.

Not one to leave the performance department alone, Project Kahn added a new sports suspension system and a modified version of Ferrari’s own F1-Trac traction control system. Both these improvements were done to give the California better balance, handling, and to improve fuel consumption and emissions, critical elements for a supercar that boasts of a 4.3-liter V8 engine delivering 454 horsepower and 358 lb/ft of torque.

Of course these changes are nothing compared to the package provided by Wheelsandmore. Don’t get us wrong, Project Kahn is a tremendous tuning firm, but the extra 46 HP and 168 lb-ft of torque provided by Wheelsandmore gives their package a little more bang for our buck. Plus, the Ferrari California ’Dreamin’ includes lacquered selected serial parts and a double-line black race stripe, black plasma coated end tips, and discreet carbon elements at the front and rear bumpers. Other additions include side skirts and a carbon boot lid spoiler, among other things.

So which Ferrari California package do you prefer?

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Ferrari’s future revealed

Ferrari is burning the midnight oil, coming up with plans for the next couple of years. We already know we’ll be seeing the Spyder version of the 458 Italia at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but it looks like future plans will produce a few other models to clean and freshen up the Italian automaker’s lineup.

The 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder will be powered by the same engine as the coupe while a retractable hard top will replace the canvas top offered on the 430 Spider - the model it replaces. Ferrari will be jazzing up the variants for this model in 2013 with a 458 Scuderia, followed by a refreshed model in 2014.

The first vehicle to follow the 458 Italia Spyder will be the replacement for the 599 GTB, codenamed the F152, which will make its world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. It will be a two-seat coupe with rear drive and a direct-injection V-12 longitudinal engine mounted in the front. Sales on the US market will begin by the end of 2012.

After the 599 GTB’s replacement has its time to shine, Ferrari will be readying up the successor for the Enzo, which will also debut in 2012. This vehicle will be an all-carbon fiber model powered by a new, normally aspirated V-12. It will herald weight-reduction and fuel-saving technologies that Ferrari plans to adapt to its entire range by the end of decade.

When 2013 hits, Ferrari will be ready with facelift versions for the California and the 458 Scuderia as well. This is where Ferrari’s revealed plans end, but we’ll keep digging to find out more so stay tuned!

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Ferrari testing new hybrid technology

Ferrari testing new hybrid technology

Ever since the Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS made its grand debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, we’ve been waiting for a solid piece of machinery that would solidify the hybrid technology’s existence in Ferrari’s future models. Ferrari hasn’t exactly been keeping the notion of highlighting hybrid technology in their models a secret, but details for such vehicles haven’t exactly been forthcoming either. Tough luck, Ferrari, because spy photographers have captured what looks to be hybrid prototype testing.

This prototype just so happened to be wearing an "S" on its plates which means the car is registered in Stuttgart. This may mean nothing to some, but to us it confirms the involvement of German supply giant, Bosch, who just so happen to be helping Ferrari with the engineering and software set-up of the hybrid. The prototype is also sporting a special exhaust system with two pairs of side by side pipes which may be the biggest hint towards a hybrid powertrain. So far, Ferrari has been able to keep the details of the hybrid powertrain a secret, but rumors suggest that it will consist of a standard engine with two electric motors, one at the front wheels and one at the rear, each developing around 100 HP.

As for the vehicle debuting this new powertrain, that’s still being kept under wraps. The prototype caught testing had body panels illustrating a 599 GTO, but underneath those sheets of metal looked to be a Ferrari California. The vehicle spotted also featured the California’s headlamps, wheels, chromed wheel nuts, folding metal roof shutlines, brake caliper position, and distinctive instrument binnacle.

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2011 Ferrari California 'Dreamin' by Wheelsandmore

2011 Ferrari California ’Dreamin’ by Wheelsandmore

We don’t know if this was what the Mamas and the Papas were talking about when they released their hit, California Dreaming, but this latest tuning package from Wheelsandmore would definitely warm us up on a Winter’s day. Apparently, the German tuner thought they could do better than Ferrari by tweaking this California’s engine, along with its exterior look, to come up with their California ’Dreamin’ package.

The ’Dreamin’ package starts off with a new removable, valve controlled exhaust system and an update to the ecu software of the 4,300 cc V8 Direct Injection engine. These changes boost power to 500 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque, up from the standard 460 hp and 357 lb/ft of torque. Other technical additions include an optional combination of 200 cell sports catalysts and premuffler replacement tubes, handcrafted by Wheelsandmore.

The California ’Dreamin’ package continues on the exterior with aerodynamic and design packages. These packages include lacquered selected serial parts and a double-line black race stripe, black plasma coated end tips, and discreet carbon elements at the front- and rear bumper. Other additions include side skirts and a carbon boot lid spoiler. The final touch was provided by a new set of 3-piece forged wheels (size 9.0x21” at the front and 12.5x21”) wrapped around S1Evo barrels from Hankook (245/30/21” tires at the front and 345/25/21” tires at the rear). The Ferrari California was also dropped by about 40mm with special lowering springs.

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Ferrari California by Savini

Ferrari California by Savini

With summer teasing us from just around the corner, we thought this photo shoot of a Ferrari California with a smoking hot model was the perfect way to start our week. Peeling our eyes away from model, Laura Elisa, for just one moment finds us with a matte white California decked out in a new set of Savini wheels (21x9 front and 22x11.5 rear) with a carbon fiber outer rim. This outer rim is color matched with the wheels’ gloss black face. Add Ms. Elisa back in to the picture and you get a deadly combination perfect for the long summer beach rides.

As for the engine, no modifications were needed to make this Ferrari beach ready. The California already comes with a 460 HP V8 engine launches the sports car up to 60 mph in less than 4.0 seconds.

We’ll stop wasting time now and let everyone soak in as much of the girl - ahem - car as possible.

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2011 Ferrari California Vintage Package

2011 Ferrari California Vintage Package

In an attempt to further entrench themselves to its exclusive customers, Ferrari is launching a new customization program that allows Ferrari owners to have their modern beasts be given a classic touch. Called the Vintage Package, the program is being offered for a wider-range of Ferrari models with the first of these models being the Ferrari California.

Among the aesthetic additions added to the California through the Vintage Package include a unique front grille, door mirrors, and A-pillar trims to go along with special chrome highlights for the side vents. On top of that, the California Vintage Package will also include wheels with a diamond polish look.

Performance specs for the California remain untouched so expect the same 4,300 cc V8 Direct Injection engine that appears in all California models. This particular engine can produce an output of 460 horsepower at 7,750 RPM and 357 lb/ft of torque at 5,000 RPM. Likewise, the engine is mated to a a seven-speed dual clutch transmission with a top speed of 192 mph and a 0-60 mph time of four seconds.

For now, these are the only details of the California Vintage Package that we have. We can only assume that as one of the ’older’ Ferrari models relative to the new line-up the company is coming out with - specifically the 458 Italia and the FF - the California was the easy choice to become the first Ferrari model to be outfitted with the Vintage Package. Nevertheless, we expect an announcement from Ferrari sooner rather than later with all of the details on their newest venture. With the 2011 Geneva Motor Show set to open in a couple of weeks, we’re holding out hope that the announcement regarding Ferrari’s Vintage Package will take place then.

The sooner, of course, the better.

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2011 Novitec Rosso Race 606 Carbon Ferrari California

2011 Novitec Rosso Race 606 Carbon Ferrari California

Novitec Rosso has been around the block with the Ferrari California a few times, but this latest tuning kit from the German firm is that much more impressive than the last package they put together. Well, technically, it’s the same package with more and more being added with every new decision made. The new package is called the Race 606 and gets the same engine conversion, but many new carbon fiber body parts.

For the engine conversion, the tuner is offering a compressor system that consists of a mechanical supercharger driven by the crankshaft via a cogged V-belt, a flap-controlled NOVITEC ROSSO high-performance exhaust system with sport catalysts, and newly calibrated engine electronics. The result is an increase from the standard 460 HP to an impressive 606 HP and a sprint from 0 to 60 mph made in 3.8 seconds. The Ferrari also won’t stop until it hits 202mph.

In order to improve the car’s aerodynamics, Novitec is now a slew of body parts made in a matte clear-coated carbon-fiber. These parts include front and rear spoilers together with the rear diffuser, rocker panel blades, side air outlets in the front fenders, mirror covers and rear molding, a hood centerpiece, radiator grille, the outer skin of the folding hardtop, and the taillight surrounds. The exterior look is finished by a new set of three-piece NOVITEC ROSSO NF3 wheels.

We don’t know what else Novitec Rosso can possibly add to the Ferrari California that they haven’t already added, but we’re excited to see what else the tuner can think up for this gorgeous vehicle.

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Video: Ferrari's aren't safe in Tunisia

Video: Ferrari’s aren’t safe in Tunisia

The price you pay for pissing off your countryman is harrowing enough in its own right, but if you happen to be an ex-president that was effectively exiled to another country, all the things you left behind become fair game, especially if they’re the Italian super car variety.

The past few weeks have seen a dizzying number of crimes done on those poor Prancing Horses from Italy. Just goes to show you how far people power will go to show their disdain for their ousted president.

Tunisia’s former president, Zine El Abinide Ben Ali, has already fled to Saudi Arabia, but unfortunately for him, he left behind a few possessions that ended up receiving the full wrath of his disgruntled countrymen, most notably his family’s collection of Ferraris.

Last week, a couple of rioters commandeered a forklift and stole what was reported to be the ex-president’s Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. Photos were even taken of the pilfering when the forklift was leisurely driving along a highway in broad daylight with the 599 GTB sticking out like a skewered barbecue.

If that wasn’t enough, we just found out that another Prancing Horse – a Ferrari California - owned by the ex-president’s family was brutally vandalized by even more rioters to the point that its wheels were stripped off, its badges were removed, and its interior accessories were all, shall we say, ‘borrowed’.

We don’t know what’s going to happen to Tunisia in the long run, but from the looks of things, it sure doesn’t look like a safe place for any Prancing Horses to play around.

Check out the videos of those poor Ferraris after the jump.

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Top Gear USA: Episode 8

Top Gear USA is starting to really come around as the US version of the famous car show heads towards the end of its very first season. Eventually we see the trio of Adam Ferrara, Ruttledge Wood, and Tanner Foust coming into their own and not constantly being compared to Clarkson, Hammond, and May, but that’s still a long ways off. The US hosts need to spend a lot more time in the hot seat before they can rid themselves of the constant criticism and ridicule. Nonetheless, we’re beginning to love the show and most of the hosts. Sorry to say, we still love to hate Adam Ferrara.

Episode Eight of Top Gear USA was just jam-packed with goodies, as Tanner and Ruttledge try to figure out if its faster to fly or drive from LA to Las Vegas, Bret Michaels takes a turn on the Top Gear test track, Rutt and Tanner review a Porsche Panamera Turbo and a BMW X6M, respectively.

Hit the jump to get all of the details on Top Gear’s eighth episode.

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Pretty in Pink: Ferrari California gets cotton candied

Pretty in Pink: Ferrari California gets cotton candied

It seems more and more people are finding new and interesting ways to bring out their personality in their vehicles, but while earlier we displayed a Lamborghini Gallardo whose owner thought Grigio Antares was the way to go, this car owner thought a little more on the bright side for her Ferrari California.

Okay, so we don’t really know if the car owner is a woman, but we could only hope that a woman is behind covering the beautiful sports car in the sissiest of colors around: bright cotton candy pink. If this owner was trying to make a statement then she definitely succeeded. We just don’t know if we like what she’s saying. There’s just something about covering up a 4.3L V8 engine producing 460hp with a whole lot of pink that just doesn’t feel right.

The bad part is, this vehicle isn’t the only one that has gotten hit with the pink stick. Paris Hilton’s car is well-known as the very pink Bentley Continental GT and we have even seen a pink Maserati GranCabrio. Of course, our favorite is still thepink Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SV because, well, that car could look good in just about anything.

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2011 Ferrari California with HELE system

2011 Ferrari California with HELE system

Ferrari has unveiled a special California at the Paris Auto Show. What makes it so special is a new HELE (High Emotion Low Emissions) system designed to reduce the environmental impact of its cars whilst boosting their performance and driving pleasure. With the use of the new HELE system, California delivers an emission improved by 23%.

HELE incorporates new intelligent engine fan and fuel pump control, electronic air-conditioning compressor displacement control and a gear-shift pattern that adapts to driving style. Next to it Ferrari is also offering the Stop&Start system which restarts the car in just 230 milliseconds.

Next to this amazing system Ferrari is also offering its customers the possibility to customize their California. Clients will be able to choose from four traditional areas: Racing and Track, Exteriors and Colors, Interiors and Materials, and Equipment and Travel. Options include: 16 basic colors, 19” wheel rims or sportier forged 20” versions with either colored or diamond finish, carbon fiber elements, leather, Alcantara® upholstery or any of a wide range of carbon-fiber trim elements.

Updated 12/03/2010: Ferrari has unveiled a new video in which they explain how the new HELE system works. For those uninterested in the technology behind the vehicle, you can always check out the video to see a few more shots of the California. Enjoy!

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2010 Ferrari California by Cornes & Co.

2010 Ferrari California by Cornes & Co.

About a week ago, we introduced a special edition BMW Z4 Silver Top Edition that’s being exclusively made for the Japanese market. Turns out, that isn’t the only special edition sports car that’s making its way to Japan, leading us to wonder why they always seem to get first dibs on limited-run cars. It’s not exactly fair, is it?

Having said that, our readers over in Japan will be happy to know that a special edition Ferrari California will be offered exclusively in Japan, similar to the aforementioned BMW Z4 Silver Top Edition. The limited run California is being offered by the country’s leading Ferrari importer, Cornes & Co., and was created to celebrate their 30 years of service in Japan. There will only be 10 available models in three different color schemes – four models will have a Bianco/Nero color scheme, three will have a Nero/Crème color way, and three more will have a Rossa Corso/Nero color scheme.

The engine setup will remain as is with the California’s 4.3L V8 engine producing 450hp, but the importers made sure to give this special edition California some new exterior digs, including new carbon fiber materials on the fuel cover, rear moulding, door handles, and side skirts. This California also comes with Rosso Brake Calipers and a special set of wheels in the form of 5-spoke diamond polished forged wheels with the unmistakable red Prancing Horse center caps that have been bolted down by a set of titanium bolts.

As for the pricing, you can own one of the 10 available models for 26.5 million yen or about $319,000 based on current exchange rates. It’s highly unlikely that we can buy one of the 10 models given that they’re only selling them in Japan so we’ll just settle for the next best thing: looking at the photos over and over again.

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2010 Ferrari California Surfista by DMC

2010 Ferrari California Surfista by DMC

German tuner, DMC, has produced a number of finely-tuned masterpieces over the years so you know that when these guys are in the news, they most likely have a new tuning package for a specific car cooking in the oven. And, lo and behold, they do indeed have one.

Calling it the Ferrari California Surfista, DMC attributed the awesomeness of their package to providing subtle upgrades on the car, instead of going overboard like some tuners have been known to do with the California.

DMC just replaced the original components with the same parts that are now made of carbon fiber. There’s a carbon fiber front diffuser that’s significantly lighter and adds a rather classy and elegant look to the front. Who doesn’t want carbon fiber, right?

DMC also gave the California a new trunk trim made of carbon fiber that adds sizzle to an otherwise simple looking rear end. Then there’s the rear diffuser – also made from carbon fiber – that completes the now lighter and more powerful Ferrari California. Output for this baby has jumped from 460 horsepower to 550 horsepower.

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Rare 1959 Ferrari GT sold for $3.26 million on Ebay

Rare 1959 Ferrari GT sold for $3.26 million on Ebay

Cars this rare usually are sold at auction sites like Barrett Jackson or Pebble Beach, and not on Ebay. So how this 1959 Ferrari GT was sold on Ebay for $3.2 million, we’ll never know. It’s not a knock on Ebay. It’s just that we don’t see these types of authentic classics on that site so you’ll have to forgive us for the initial shock.

Okay, now that we’ve gotten over it – at least a bit – this rare and exotic Ferrari was sold by its owner from Pittsburgh and, even more surprising, was that it was bid on 86 times before the winning bidder scooped it for $3.2 million.

A Ferrari being sold for $3.2 million might be a little steep, but this particular car is nowhere near what you consider ‘typical’, even for Ferrari’s standards. The car – its official name is the Ferrari California Spyder 250 GT CS – comes with a 12-cylinder engine, a manual transmission, and is only one of nine models that come with a Tipo 508 D aluminum body frame. It is also one of the first Ferraris to be outfitted with disc brakes, which at that time, was akin to having a car made out of forged composite today.

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Ferrari to unveil "green" California in Paris?

Ferrari to unveil "green" California in Paris?

There are rumblings within the auto industry that Ferrari may have a surprise vehicle that the company is planning to unveil at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

A report coming out of OmniAuto has suggested that a “green” Ferrari California could be headed to Paris to make its world debut. Nothing has been made official yet, but the word is that, contrary to the ‘green’ tag it’s being described in, the car isn’t being classified as a hybrid. The description used for this vehicle claims it to be something along the lines of a sports car that will come with a number of features similar to the Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS concept that was unveiled earlier this year.

There’s no denying that a ‘green’ approach is something that Ferrari has long spurned on, but even Ferrari President Luca di Montezomolo has admitted that due to the implementation of stricter government standards, the Italian-based company is beginning to adhere to the new regulations by improving fuel efficiency by 30% while, at the same time, cutting down on emissions by 40%.

With these new regulation requirements on the back of everybody’s mind these days, the idea of seeing a “green” Ferrari out on the streets has turned from highly improbable to a distinct possibility.

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2010 Ferrari California by Anderson Germany

2010 Ferrari California by Anderson Germany

In its standard version, the Ferrari California’s V8 engine develops a total of 460 HP. Now, in true tuner fashion, Anderson Germany has increased the engine’s power by a total of 55 HP (to a total of 515 HP). To achieve that increase, the tuner reprogrammed the ECU and added a valve controlled stainless steel exhaust system. Unfortunately, the tuner did not release any details on how these changes affected the vehicle’s performance.

The package for the Ferrari California also includes a set of special light-weight 21 and 22" wheels and an adjustable damper that can either lower the ride by 35mm or raise it by 40mm. The exterior is also freshened up by a carbon-finished front spoiler lip, side skirt wings, rear diffuser, rear mud guard, side ventilation, and rear spoiler lip.

Not much of the interior was altered during this tuning makeover, but Anderson Germany did provide the vehicle with carbon fiber accents that will surely provide a classy sporty look. The air vents, radio facing, center consoles, door handles, rocker switches, and steering wheel facing are all coated in carbon fiber.

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2010 Ferrari California Bi-Colore Special Edition

2010 Ferrari California Bi-Colore Special Edition

Ferrari will unveil a special edition California at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 2-4, 2010. Following the tradition of the Berlinettas of the 1950s and 1960s, the new California Bi-Colore will feature a “bi-colore” roof, with the car painted in Argento Nurburgring (metallic silver) with the roof and A-pillar painted in Nero (black).

Next to this, the special edition will be distinguished by forged 20" matte black wheels with titanium wheel bolts, as well a host of "extra-campionaro" factory-fit options from the Carrozzeria Scaglietti Personalisation Programme such as diamond-stitching on the rear seats and Cavallino stitching on headrests in Nero.

The Ferrari California is powered by a direct injection 4.3 V8 engine with 460hp, mated to a dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox. It comes with the latest F1-Trac traction control system, a new multi-link rear suspension, and, of course, an innovative retractable folding hardtop that opens or closes in only 14 seconds.

Press release after the jump.

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