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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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  (1) posted on 04.23.2012

What a nice car!!! It’s realy awesome! If i had a ferrari.....

  (599) posted on 12.28.2011

Well, I hope that they would already update it soon. Anyway, I am hoping either that it would have an impressive and efficient engine.

  (427) posted on 12.27.2011

It is already looks so awesome on its looks, why this one still needs to have a modification? Anyway, it is really a nice choice of body paint; it truly looks luscious and stunning on that.

  (1211) posted on 12.26.2011

I can’t wait as well for the big update that they were saying about this California vehicle! I wonder whether it will look more impressive and stunning on its renew features.

  (647) posted on 12.23.2011

California is really a good-looking vehicle, and I also can’t wait for the modification of it. Moreover, I hope that they would as well the engine of this one.

  (503) posted on 12.20.2011

California is one of the best roadsters of Ferrari! That’s why I wonder if why it’s still needed to have a modification on its exterior looks. Anyway, It’s a great thing that it has an impressive engine.

  (577) posted on 12.16.2011

I really wonder if what are the other great features of this California! Well, I hope that they would already update it soon. Anyway, I am hoping either that it would have an impressive and efficient engine.

  (570) posted on 12.14.2011

Yeah! Additional 30 hp is really great on it, and its total 483 horsepower is absolutely powerful for this California vehicle. Moreover, it also looks luscious on its body paint, which is very noticeable on it.

  (517) posted on 12.8.2011

The additional 30 HP on its engine output is really great on it. Well, it seems so fun to drive with than on its previous output. Moreover, I must say that its aero dynamic packaged is very awesome on this.

  (692) posted on 11.28.2011

Well, I will surely wait for the official details about this California! Anyway, I must say also that it really looks so cool on its aesthetic design and with its sexy and sleek body paint.

  (526) posted on 11.10.2011

Yeah! I have to agree that this California roadster is truly looks very satisfying on its aesthetic design, and it looks so sexy on its body paint. smiley However, I am hoping that it could also have an impressive engine performance.

  (428) posted on 11.9.2011

I love the technical improvements that they were planning for this Ferrari California, although it seems already very striking and satisfying, I think they should still enhance it more, most especially on its interior.

  (449) posted on 11.8.2011

This Ferrari California is very captivating with its simplicity and even with its sleek body paint. I also noticed that its engine is too powerful for a convertible car, which must be really fun to drive!

  (453) posted on 11.4.2011

The Ferrari California is absolutely great on its V8 engine. It could really give a better performance on it. I also noticed that the interior seat of it, is seems so relaxing and comfortable.

  (317) posted on 11.1.2011

The Ferrari California is absolutely a great-looking car on its aesthetic designs and for its other detailing even with its sleek bloody body paint. I noticed that its interior seams, can offer a relaxing and comfortable feature.

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