Ferrari California T: facelifted front end hides 412kW/755Nm turbo V8

Ferrari has given its “entry-level” four-seat California hardtop convertible a facelift and a new turbocharged V8 engine.

Credit: Ferrari

Ferrari California T
Ferrari California T

The California T is the first major overhaul and refresh for the California, which debuted way back before the dawn of time in 2008. Visually the biggest changes are at the front, where the revised California T sports slimmer and more vertical headlights, a new bonnet with double the number of intakes, fenders with redesigned vents, and, of course, a new bumper and grille design. At the rear, the bumper is more aggressively cut with a prominent diffuser and quad exhaust pipes.

Under the skin, the Ferrari California T sports a new 3.9-litre turbo V8 engine throwing 412kW of power and 755Nm of torque to the rear wheels a via a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. A development of the 3.8-litre V8 engine used by Maserati, the California T’s new mill produces significantly more of everything than the old model’s 4.3-litre V8: power is up 74kW from 360, and torque is up 245Nm from 510. The new engine should see the California T complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 316km/h.

The interior is changed slightly from the outgoing model, with a new electronic “turbo response gauge” sitting between the two central air vents.

European buyers can start ordering the updated California T from Ferrari today. The car will initially be available only in red and blue (seen above).


Length: 4,570mm
Width: 1,910mm
Height: 1,322mm
Wheelbase: 2,670mm

Engine, performance, fuel economy

Type: 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 petrol
Power: 412kW (553hp) [+74kW compared to 2012 Ferrari California]
Torque: 755Nm (557lb-ft) [+245Nm]
0-100km/h: 3.6s [-0.2s]
100-0km/h stopping distance: 34m
Top speed: 316km/h
Fuel economy: 10.8L/100km
CO2 emissions: 250g/km
Weight: 1,625kg (dry weight with optional lightweight equipment)

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

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