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The Ferrari California T, the T for Turbo, is expected to take center stage for the Prancing Horse marque at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Reminiscing the California variant of the 1950s, the Califormia T hails from Ferrari’s 2+ Concept which essentially pairs a refined cabin and a retractable hard top with a motive to turn the fast cruiser from a coupe to a spider. (click to enlarge)

On looks, the Ferrari California T resembles the previous generation’s motifs closest, though, a more individualized personality is infused to the current version. Thanks to the folks at the Ferrari Styling Center and Pininfarina, the California T gets its svelte shape from the 250 Testa Rossa’s famous pontoon-fender styling. The car’s front wing line stretches back to the compact, bulked-up rear, and the sculpted, refined side profile further imparts aerodynamic sleekness. The rear benefits from much improved aerodynamics, courtesy of a new, functional triple-fence diffuser.

Ferrari California T is back to the basics when it comes to the interior

The California T’s cabin is designed to be ergonomic, as well as to exude a sense of warmth and craftsmanship. Frau semi-aniline leather is the preferred material for the cabin, though the tight confines probably have enough room for just 2 adults at the front and 2 kids or teenagers at the rear. Luggage space is limited, but rather unimportant. The human-machine interface encompasses the Ferrari steering with integrated controls while the Turbo Performance Engineer (TPE) takes pride of place between the two air vents in the center of the dashboard. One major interior highlight is the TPE display on a capacitive 6.5-inch touch screen that shows all the relevant driver’s information and the car’s engine performance data.

As evident with all Ferrari Super Sports, the Ferrari California T has its fair share of intensity, and that so so exhilarating Ferrari engine purr. The signature sound is thanks to the incorporated flat-plane crankshaft, along with the three-piece cast exhaust manifold and turbo housing.

The direct-injection, 3855 cc turbo 8-cylinder is mounted very low in the chassis in a mid-front position and delivers 560 cv at 7500 rpm, which translates into a specific power output of 145 cv/l; the highest in its category, along with a maximum torque of 755 Nm. This meant the car gets from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds. Ferrari claims that the California T has virtually ‘0’ turbo lag, and with Variable Boost Management, consistent torque is easily achievable. Compared to the outgoing California, fuel consumption is down by around 15 per cent though there is 70 cv more power and a 49 per cent increase in torque. Emissions is reduced to 250 g/km over the combined cycle which equates to a 20 per cent reduction in the CO2/cv ratio (0.44 g/cv).

With new steering box and suspension setup, the California T offers more effective steering activity and response. At the same time, the new springs and latest-generation Magnaride dampers with body motion accelerometers guarantee less roll and pitch, precise handling and exemplary comfort. F1-Trac traction control system is instilled to ensure greater acceleration out of corners, while CCM3 carbon-ceramic braking system delivers all the stopping power you’d need. The California T’s brakes with ESP 8.0 premium and ABS stop dead on its tracks from 100km/h to 0 in a distance of only 34 meters.

Ferrari California T specifications

Length: 4570 mm
Width: 1910 mm
Height: 1322 mm
Dry weight: 1625 kg
Distribution: 47% front, 53% rear

Direct-injection 90° V8 engine
Displacement: 3,855 cc
Maximum power: 412 kW (560 cv) at 7500 rpm
Maximum torque: 755 Nm (77 kgm) at 4750 rpm
Top speed: 316 km/h
0-100 km/h: 3.6 s