Ferrari is unveiling the California T at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show, and let’s just say that it’s dressed to impress.
Most noteworthy is that Ferrari absolutely nailed the new holy grail of automotives: better power, better efficiency. The California T took a huge step forward with a 3.9-liter turbocharged V-8 that features essentially no turbo lag. Impressively, the new model achieves 552 hp and 556 lb.-ft. of torque; notable improvements over the previous model (49% torque increase!), while also offering a 15% increase in fuel efficiency, and a 20% decrease in emissions.
The retractable hardtop is also stunning; it turns the coupe into the convertible in just 14 seconds, and, most importantly, when in coupe mode, there is essentially no way to tell that the vehicle is a convertible; the lines and curves are flawless even with the roof engaged.
As if the engine didn’t imply it, Ferrari returned to its roots for a newfound priority on performance. A new steering box and suspension set up result in dramatically improved steering response, while new springs, dampers, and accelerometers improve both handling and ride comfort. The most fun improvement (other than the engine, of course), may be the most recent iteration of the F1-Trac traction control system which maximizes acceleration out of turns; every enthusiasts favorite part of hitting a back road or a track.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Ferrari if we talk about the style. But it’s hard to talk about the style when it leaves you speechless.
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