California is Back - The New Indian Express

California is Back

Published: 23rd February 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 22nd February 2014 03:42 PM

Just few weeks before the automotive world descends to the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Italian supercar maker Ferrari has lifted the veil off the new California. The California T opens up a new chapter for Ferrari, as this is the first modern Ferrari to come with a turbocharged engine. The last turbocharged Ferrari was the legendary F40 made from 1987 to 1992.

The new Ferrari California T is a mid-front engined, 3.9-litre V8 with a Berlinetta body style and a retractable metal folding roof. The 2015 Ferrari California T will be powered with a 560PS engine compared to the older 490PS that the California offered. The new engine will also produce about 755Nm of peak torque, which is a 50 per cent boost over the model it replaces. Ferrari also claims an overall fuel efficiency increase by about 15 per cent over the last generation California. Ferrari claims to have taken cues from the new turbocharged Formula 1 engine during the design and development of the California T’s twin-turbo V8. Ferrari also claims that the new California T gets one of the best sounding production exhaust notes to have been produced by a turbocharged engine.

The inspiration from older cars like the legendary Ferrari 250 Testarossa is pretty obvious with the California T’s new ‘Pontoon’ style rear fenders. The new headlights coupled with the new sportier bumper and the large intakes in the hood too add to the sheer beauty of this new Ferrari. The new California should cost in the range of Rs 1.5-2 crore exclusive of taxes, and should be seen in showrooms in parts of Europe, North America and the Middle East by the end of this year.

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