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Ferrari to reveal brutal California T

2014-02-13 11:28

BELLISSIMO CALIFORNIA: Ferrari has announced that it will unveil its throaty V8 in the form of the California T at the 2014 Geneva auto show in March. Image: FERRARI

MARANELLO, Italy -  Ferrari is set to unveil its new California T at the 2014 Geneva auto show. The automaker says its new V8 has intense sound and vivid acceleration for the first time in its turbo-charged engine.

Since the 1950s, every California has encompassed elegance, sportiness, versatility and exclusivity, according to Ferrari, and its latest model, the California T is no exception.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Ferrari California T

The California T retains signature features such as the successful 2+ concept, a refined cabin and a retractable hard top which takes it from coupe to spider in just 14 seconds.

Although the car boasts with loads of new technologies but its highlight is definitely the new eight-cylinder turbo engine, says Ferrari. It has the “most exhilarating soundtrack any turbo has yet yielded”. 

'ZERO TURBO LAG

Ferrari said: “This is also the first time virtually zero turbo lag has been achieved on an engine of this type, guaranteeing instantaneous response to commands and, as with naturally-aspirated power units, a torque curve that increases constantly across the rev range thanks to variable boost management.”

The automaker explained that the direct-injection, 3855cc turbo unit is mounted very low in the chassis in a mid-front position and delivers 412kW/755Nm, enabling it to sprint to 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds on to a top speed of 316km/h.

As with the 2014 Formula 1 season, a turbo is used to cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Compared to the outgoing model, fuel consumption is down by around 15% despite more power and a 49% torque increase. Emissions are down to 250g/km of CO2 emissions.

There’s also reduced steering wheel activity and improved steering response thanks to a new steering box and suspension set-up, says Ferrari, as well as new springs and latest-generation Magnaride dampers (which respond 50% faster).

The shape of the California T’s flanks is inspired by the 250 Testa Rossa’s famous pontoon-fender styling, with the front wing line stretching back towards the compact, muscular rear, bringing an aerodynamic sleekness and movement to the sides, said the automaker. 

The California T will be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show in March, but can be viewed online in its two launch colours: Rosso California and Blu California. 
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