The 2012 Geneva Motor Show will finally see the official debut of the latest version of the Ferrari California, production of which has already commenced, with a weightreduction of 30kg and an increase in power output of 30hp.
The Ferrari California’s GDI V8 now delivers 490hp and a maximum torque of 505Nm at 5,000rpm, thanks to new exhaust manifolds and engine mapping. The torque curve has also been modified and is higher across the engine’s generous rev range.
Aluminium fabrication techniques and construction technologies used by the Scaglietti Centre of Excellence in the manufacture of the Ferrari California’s chassis, have led to an overall reduction of 30kg in the car’s weight without impinging in any way on its structural rigidity and performance. These enhancements have improved the Ferrari’s California’s performance, reducing its 0-100km/h acceleration time to 3.8 seconds.
To meet the needs of clients desiring a more dynamic, yet not overly extreme, driving experience, an optional Handling Speciale package has been developed with modifications to the suspension set-up that minimise body roll and make the car even more responsive to driver inputs.
The Handling Speciale package includes Magnetorheological dampers controlled by an even faster ECU (-50 precent response time) running Ferrari software. The package also features stiffer springs for more precise body control combined with a comfortable ride. Lastly, the California benefits from faster turn-in with smaller steering wheel angles thanks to a new steering box with a ten percent quicker steering ratio.
The technical features are matched by a more extensive choice of colours, including two-tone finishes, three-layer paint technology and modern re-interpretations of classic colour schemes. In addition, the Ferrari California benefits from the free seven-year standard maintenance programme.
The availability of the lighter and more powerful vehicle, along with the optional Handling Speciale package, varies according to each market with first deliveries scheduled for Europe.