Tuesday, 17 December 2013
The California could be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show
According to Al Ain Japan's sources, the car will use a twin-turbo V8 engine that is closely related to the Maserati Quattroporte's twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 that develops 530 HP (390 kW) and 710 Nm (524 lb-ft) of torque. There's no word on specifications but engine will reportedly be equipped with a number of unique components.
The redesigned sedan will be offered with a 420 hp (313 kW / 426 PS) supercharged V6 and a 520 hp (388 kW / 527 PS) turbocharged V8. The V6 engine won't be available at launch, but it will reportedly be 30 percent more efficient than the 4.3-liter V8 used in the Ferrari California.
Whether that engine will trickle down to the California remains to be seen, but both engines will be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which could be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.
Last time Ferrari used a turbocharged engine was approximately 20 years ago in the F40. Produced between 1987 and 1992, the F40 featured a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 making 471 hp (352 kW / 478 PS).
Besides getting a new engine, the California is slated feature aluminum body work and a power folding hardtop. We can also expect a new infotainment system that could be loosely based on Chrysler's UConnect system.
The California could be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show before going on sale late next year.
SOURCE : Al Ain Japan