As it was expecter, Italian car manufacturerÂ FerrariÂ has finally pulled the covers off the latest version of its CaliforniaÂ grand tourer ahead of the car’s debut at theÂ Geneva Motor Show.
“The bandages are off and here isÂ Ferrariâs California after a visit to that expensive plastic surgeon, DrÂ PininfarinaÂ of Turin. And wow, what a makeover,” The Telegraph announces.
“The reaction to the âoldâ California was about as lukewarm as it was possible to be about a Ferrari (probably undeservedly to be honest). Itâs heavy, edge-blunting folding steel roof meant the car was snubbed by purists; whizz-bangery like that was meant forÂ MercedesÂ SLs and the likes of Paris Hilton, who of course duly bought one. Hell of snub then when she quickly moved on to aÂ LexusÂ LFA.”
The just introduced vehicle features a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 that makes 552 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque. These figures are quite impressing. The car has power of 62 horses and torque is up 49 percent over the current California. And all this appears useful when routing through the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission â it is good for a 0 to 62 mph sprint in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph.
As Digital Trends writes,” this isnât grandpaâs California anymore. The steering ratio is up 50 percent and â thanks to beefier brakes â a slamming stop from 62 mph is accomplished in 111.5 feet. This sort of stopping force is enough to cause you to see through time, albeit for a split second.”
“The interior is a bit more refined than the last model, too. It features a 6.5-inch touch screen, which is probably powered by a version of Chryslerâs Uconnect. This might sound silly for a Ferrari, but the iconic Italian supercar maker is owned by Fiat, which, in turn, owns Chrysler. Plus, Uconnect is pretty darn good. Ferrari could do worse,” the tech blog adds.
Speaking about the updates of the new vehicle, a 6.5in touchscreen should be noted, that looks very VW-esque to us and an F12 Berlinetta-style console hosting buttons for the gearboxâs automatic mode, reverse, and launch control.
In general, it can be compared toÂ the existing California car. If you use typical Ferrari details like a prominent rev-counter, three-mode manettino switch and ancillary controls on the steering wheel, and add XXL gearshift paddles hinged at the steering column you’ll get this vehicle. And of course, it’s all open to the elements in 14 seconds.
By the way, California T features the âTurbo Responseâ gauge atop the dashboard, nestled between the ventilation pods. It displays a percentage figure of how much boost is available.
“Ferrari reckons the folded âRHTâ (Retractable Hard Top) impinges less on boot space, and from our first look at the car, the old car’s lardy backside has been subjected to a much-needed tone-up. The ugly stacked exhaust pipes are gone, a huge rear diffuser accentuates the wide stance, and the ‘pontoon’ curves that hint at the classic â60s 250GT California are better resolved,” writes Car Magazine of the California’s folding hard-top.