Ferrari California set for turbo switch

Last updated 07:51 20/12/2013
Ferrari California.

TURBO TIME: Ferrari will unveil the turbocharged facelifted California at next year's Geneva motor show.

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Ferrari is set to reveal its first turbocharged sportscar in more than 25 years at the 2014 Geneva motor show next March.

The Italian brand has resisted the shift towards forced induction technology for decades, instead transferring technologies from its formula one race team to improve the power and efficiency of its naturally-aspirated V8 and V12 engines.

However, American magazine Motor Trend claims Ferrari CEO Amadeo Felisa has confirmed in an interview that the facelifted California convertible due next year will be powered by a higher-output version of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 it builds for the new Maserati Quattroporte sedan.

The engine produces 390kW and 650Nm in the Maserati, but Ferrari is expected to increase its peak power output at least to around 400kW in the 2+2 convertible.

Either way, the 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 will provide considerably more than the high-revving 4.3-litre V8 in the current California which produces 360kW and 505Nm.

It will drive the rear wheels through a modified version of its seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle gearbox to cope with the additional torque, and should easily eclipse the current car's claimed 0-100 kmh time of 3.8sec and 312 kmh top speed.

As for any other changes to the California, Ferrari is remaining tight lipped but it is expected to feature mildly revised exterior styling, new-design alloy wheels and an upgraded interior with an improved infotainment system.

The last Ferrari to feature a turbo charged engine was the iconic F40 road racer – the last vehicle to be signed off by founder Enzo Ferrari and introduced in 1997 to celebrate the company's 40th anniversary. It featured a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V8 that produced 352kW and was the first road legal production car to break the 320 kmh barrier.

-Fairfax News Australia

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