2013 Ferrari California revealed

2013 Ferrari California - 15.2.2012
2013 Ferrari California - 15.2.2012

Debuts in Geneva

Ferrari has released the first details about the 2013 California, ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Modestly revised, the model benefits from an upgraded 4.3-liter V8 engine that produces 490 PS (360 kW / 483 hp) and 505 Nm (372 lb-ft) of torque - an increase of 30 PS (22 kW / 30 hp) and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft). This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds.

Besides being more powerful, the California has an upgraded chassis which incorporates "cutting-edge aluminum fabrication techniques." Details are limited, but it helps the convertible to weigh less 30 kg (66 lbs) less than its predecessor.

The updated model will also be offered with a new Handling Speciale package that includes stiffer springs, a quicker steering ratio and improved magnetorheological dampers.

Geneva debut for lighter, more powerful Ferrari California with new "handling speciale" package

Maranello, 15 February - The Geneva Motor Show will see the official debut of the new version of the Ferrari California, production of which has already commenced, with a reduction of weight of 30 kg and an increase in power output of 30 CV.

The Ferrari California's GDI V8 now delivers 490 hp with maximum torque of 505 Nm at 5,000 rpm, 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.

Cutting-edge 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 30 kg 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 0-100 km/acceleration time to 3.8 seconds. This heightens its sporty feel without detracting from the mission and character of a car that has won universal acclaim for its performance and exceptional versatility resulting from its retractable hard top and 2+ seating. To meet the needs of clients desiring a more dynamic, yet not overly extreme, driving experience, an optional Handling Speciale package has been developed which encompasses 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% response time) running patented 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 10 per cent quicker steering ratio.

All these new features combine to underscore the California's sporty prowess without affecting its high-performance grand touring vocation - an achievement very much in line with Ferrari's DNA.

The technical features are matched by a new, even more extensive choice of colours developed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, including two-tone finishes, three-layer paint technology and modern re-interpretations of classic colour schemes which increase the exclusive personalisation possibilities even further. 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. 

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SirLukkas SirLukkas
'Magnetorheological dampers' is a term much like titanium-carbide: exciting to say (if you know what I mean).
Feb 16th, 2012 2:10pm
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sideskraper sideskraper
The problem with this car is that the badge on the nose and steering wheel is a horse and not a trident.
Feb 16th, 2012 5:25am
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DBaskov DBaskov
I'm surprised California is still being made. With the kind of money it costs, for 30 more grand you can get yourself a beautiful rear engine high performance Italia.
Feb 16th, 2012 4:26am
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sideskraper sideskraper
Different markets. I'm sure many buyers think "For 30 grand less, I get a tonne more practicality, more space, and a folding roof." The California may not be as fast, handle as well, or look as good as the 458 Italia, but it's certainly no slouch in any of those areas.
Feb 16th, 2012 5:24am
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
Some people like front engine rear wheel drive cars, they get a bigger boot as mentioned, more GT like capabilities, better ground clearance, I could go on. Apart from getting less unwanted attention and a completely different driving experience is being able to sit further back cocooned with the view of a long bonnet housing one of the best engines around. (car dependent of course)
Feb 16th, 2012 9:46am
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Siawa Siawa
Why does it look like Donald Duck?
Feb 15th, 2012 10:38pm
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mroctober mroctober
This will lead to remake of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". This time around, it's his son who skips school.
Feb 15th, 2012 9:47pm
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kimbo kimbo
more power and less weight is always a nice touch, even if it's not the most desirable Ferrari ever
Feb 15th, 2012 9:08pm
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