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Ferrari California T

Ferrari California T

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13th February, 2014

  • New V8 turbo-charged engine
  • Torque up by 49%

The Ferrari California T demonstrates an element of sportiness and exclusivity: characteristics that have distinguished California model since the 1950s.

The California T boasts striking standards of innovation while retaining features such as the successful 2+ concept and the retractable hard top (RHT) which transforms it from a coupé into a 'spider' in 14 seconds.

The model brims has some new solutions, not least of which is its 8-cylinder turbo engine. Maranello’s engineers have made an entirely new power unit which delivers high levels of performance, pretty good pick-up and an exhilarating 'soundtrack'.

This is also the first time a low level of turbo lag has been achieved on an engine of this type.

The direct-injection, 3,855 cc turbo 8-cylinder is mounted low in the chassis in a mid-front position and delivers 560 cv at 7,500 rpm, which translates into a specific power output of 145 cv/l - the highest in its category - as along with maximum torque of 755 Nm. Figures that give the California T extraordinary acceleration over the 0 to 100 km/h sprint which it covers in just 3.6 seconds.

One major challenge involved in the design of the California T was to provide it a typically intense, exhilarating Ferrari engine sound. This was achieved through meticulous design work and the use of special manufacturing techniques for essential components, such as the flat-plane crankshaft and the three-piece cast exhaust manifold and turbo housing. The engine produces a powerful, engaging sound during both the intake and exhaust phases, becoming even more potent as engine speed increases. This the first time a result of this kind has ever been achieved with a turbo engine.

The California T delivers sports car dynamics too, thanks to reduced steering wheel activity and improved steering response to driver input, courtesy of a new steering box and suspension set-up. New springs and latest-generation Magnaride dampers (which respond 50 per cent faster), combined with body motion accelerometers, reduce roll and pitch for more precise handling whilst still providing an acceptable ride.

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The Ferrari California T also has the latest evolution of the F1-Trac traction control system for maximum acceleration out of corners, thereby underscoring its sportier side.

The California T’s architecture, controls and new 8-cylinder engine ensure consistentl driving pleasure in challenging driving conditions as well as making the car fun to drive even in more relaxed situations, as in the Grand Tourer tradition.

The CCM3 carbon-ceramic braking system is also efficient with new composite discs and pads. The brakes are integrated with the ESP 8.0 premium which controls the high performance ABS for a 100 to 0 km/h braking distance of 34 metres.

Considerable attention was paid to the design, maintaining the outgoing model’s overvall dimensions while ensuring that the California T has a new 'character'. The  proportions were penned by the Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina and are in keeping with the Ferrari front-engined ethos. The shape of the California T’s flanks is inspired by the 250 Testa Rossa’s famous pontoon-mudguard styling, with the front wing line stretching back towards the compact, 'muscular' rear, bringing an aerodynamic sleekness and movement to the sides. The rear benefits from meticulous aerodynamic research resulting in a new diffuser.

The California T’s cabin was designed to be as ergonomic as possible and exudes a sense of warmth and craftsmanship, with Frau semi-aniline leather trim. The interior space is flexible so that owners can make the most efficient use of the boot capacity even with the top down, thanks to the opening between the luggage compartment and rear seats.

The human-machine interface encompasses the Ferrari steering wheel with integrated controls while the Turbo Performance Engineer (TPE) takes pride of place between the two air vents in the centre of the dash. The TPE display boasts a capacitive (touch-sensitive) surround to scroll through screens with information on making the most of the new engine’s performance. The California T also features a new infotainment system with an intuitive, high-resolution 6.5” screen featuring both touch-screen and conventional controls.

There are two launch colours for the new model - Rosso California and Blu California.

The new Ferrari California T will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in March. (copyright image)
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Type: direct-injection 90° V8
Total displacement: 3,855 cc
Maximum power: 412 kW (560 cv) at 7,500 rpm
Maximum torque: 755 Nm (77 kgm) at 4,750 rpm

Length: 4,570 mm
Width: 1,910 mm
Height: 1,322 mm
Weight distribution: 47% front - 53% rear

Top speed: 316 km/h
0-100 km/h: 3.6 s



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