Overlaying the new design on the existing California reveals many similarities...
... as is also the case if it's projected on to the FF
The new California is expected to go on sale in early 2015
The designs for the new model appeared online after being submitted for registration
Front-end styling is representative of that found on the four-wheel-drive FF
The rear end is also similar to the Ferrari FF
Louvres in the bonnet, which help to reduce engine bay temperatures, could indicate the presence of a turbocharged powerplant
Cut lines in the roof suggest the production version may feature a folding metal hard top or removable roof panel
Chassis illustration suggests a flat floor will be fitted, in order to reduce drag
Prominent bonnet and louvres confirms that this is another front-engined model
These design sketches do not necessarily reflect the finished product
Lower valance is reminscent of both the FF and the recently launched F12 Berlinetta
Headlights are the same as those found on Ferrari's current range, barring the California
A lightly disguised California mule was spotted earlier this year; obvious changes include the aforementioned lights
Sources suggested that the car was testing a turbocharged 3.8-litre V8
The bonnet line on the mule had been raised, also suggesting a different engine was fitted
Maserati has recently begun using Ferrari-designed and built 3.8-litre V8 twin-turbo engines
The F12 Berlinetta is Ferrari's most recent model
It's a traditional Ferrari at heart, with a naturally aspirated V12 in the nose, driving the rear wheels
The current California is yet to receive Ferrari's new styling
Ferrari may look to bring the California's styling in line with the rest of the range, in order to increase its appeal
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Ferrari's FF makes use of an advanced four-wheel-drive system to improve traction in certain situations
It too has a front-mounted V12; the new design illustrations look somewhat like a coupé version of the FF
Several official illustrations, which appeared online after being submitted for design registration, show the new Ferrari in detail.
It's evident that the car features many design cues found on current Ferraris, including the front and rear styling of the FF. The lights are the same as those seen on the current 458, F12 Berlinetta and FF, while the lower valance appears a hybrid of that found on the FF and F12.
Despite the illustration appearing to show a fixed-roof coupé, there are prominent cut lines in the roof that suggest that a production version could feature a folding metal hard top, like the California, or a removable or retractable roof panel. The images may also not be representative of the final production version, accounting for the lack of an obvious receptacle for the folding roof, or alternatively reflecting the fitment of a targa top.
The Ferrari California is currently the oldest model in the manufacturer's range, having being revealed in late 2008 and launched in early 2009, and features styling that's not in line with more recent models.
Previously the date for the replacement California had been the source of some debate, with Ferrari's mid-engined cars being on a five-year replacement cycle and its V12s on a seven-year cycle. Some had suggested a six-year cycle for the California convertible, however, pointing at a late 2014 reveal and early 2015 on-sale date.
A lightly disguised Ferrari California test mule was spotted earlier in the year, with obvious changes including a much higher bonnet line, a different front end and new lights. Sources suggested at the time that the car was testing a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8, which has recently made its way in to the Maserati Quattroporte.
Currently the rear-drive California is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 that produces 483bhp and 375lb ft. It's capable of 0-62mph in under 4.0sec and has a top speed of 194mph. The new twin-turbo Ferrari-designed and built 3.8-litre V8 puts out 523bhp and 523lb ft.
The presence of notable bonnet louvres in the sketches of the new model potentially indicate that it too could receive a turbocharged powerplant; they would serve to reduce the high underbonnet temperatures that are typically associated with high-performance forced-induction engines.
Fitting a turbocharged engine would also help Ferrari meet increasingly demanding emissions and economy targets. An illustration of the chassis also suggests a flat undertray will be fitted, in order to reduce drag - which will again help improve performance and efficiency.
Recent patents for myriad hybrid technologies, including a rear-mounted hybrid system for a front-engined, rear-drive coupé, may indicate that the new California could also receive a hybrid powertrain. The California was notable for featuring many economy-related technologies when launched, and it was also the first production Ferrari with a stop/start system.
There has been some speculation that the images may be of a Ferrari FF coupé, or special one-off variant, but Ferrari already offer a high-performance front-engined coupé in the form of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The new car also appears to feature the same central section as the California, but with a longer nose and different tail.
Ferrari declined to comment regarding the new design registrations.