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Ferrari has lopped 30kgs off the weight of the California and pumped up the power and torque
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4 March 2012

Ferrari has built a lighter, more powerful version of the California, unveiled at the Geneva motor show.

New exhaust manifolds and engine mapping have helped Maranello to increase the potency of the California's 4.3-litre V8 to 483bhp, an increase of 30bhp. The torque curve has also been modified and is higher across the engine’s rev range, with maximum torque of 372lb ft coming at 5000rpm.

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New aluminium fabrication techniques and construction technologies used in the manufacture of the California’s chassis have led to an overall reduction of 30kg in the car’s weight. Ferrari says the car’s structural rigidity has not been affected by the weight savings.

The car’s 0-62mph time is now 3.8sec, about one-tenth of a second faster than the previous version.

Ferrari has also produced an optional ‘Handling Speciale’ package of modifications for the California. It will feature significant upgrades to steering, dampers and springs in the mould of the HGTE package offered on the 599.

The HS pack moves the easy-driving California — which is expanding sales to customers mostly new to Ferrari — into more focused territory closer to Ferrari’s traditional appeal, and has been produced in response to customer demand.

Reprogrammed control software for the California’s magnetorheological dampers and lower-friction seals in the dampers allows the suspension to respond up to 50 per cent faster to bumps.

Ferrari has also tweaked the California’s steering rack to be 10 per cent quicker and beefed up the springs by 15 per cent to improve body control. Together, they should provide a more focused driving experience.

The California also gets new colour options included two-tone finishes and three-layer paint technology, enabling new levels of personalisation.

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15 February 2012

[quote Autocar]Ferrari has built a lighter, more powerful version of the California, and will show off the revised grand tourer at next month’s Geneva motor show.

New exhaust manifolds and engine mapping have helped Maranello to increase the potency of the California's 4.3-litre V8 to 483bhp, an increase of 30bhp. The torque curve has also been modified and is higher across the engine’s rev range, with maximum torque of 372lb ft coming at 5000rpm.

Read the full article[/quote] Yawn, yawn, yawn. I reckon the new Panda is a better story than this. 0.1 seconds of the 0-60! So what?

15 February 2012

[quote Mr£4worth]Yawn, yawn, yawn.[/quote] Be happy...

15 February 2012

Whoa! Colour sensitive, much??!! In blue, the California looks like a fish from a Pixar movie. A fish that swims along with its gob open as it consumes tons of plankton with every gulp.

15 February 2012

Pretty certain that this car would be first on the list for my lotto garage. Although i wouldn't pick blue!

15 February 2012

Looks nice in white. Perfect for a ........dentist?

DKW

15 February 2012

Hairdressers' Ferrari - but I want one.

16 February 2012

I have always liked the term 'hairdressers car', it makes me laugh. There must be some fantastically successful hair salons out there then... I had the chance to drive one of these last year. I have a Maserati Granturismo and thought about swapping over. I found the California to be savage compared to the Maser, harder ride, louder, faster and a league more sporty. I guess it's where you start from that determines whether a Cali is a boulevard cruiser or not. I have always liked this car, must work harder..

16 February 2012

[quote SAJ1000] I guess it's where you start from that determines whether a Cali is a boulevard cruiser or not.[/quote] And most who criticise will not be starting from something as accomplished as a Maserati Granturismo.

16 February 2012

[quote SAJ1000]I have always liked the term 'hairdressers car', it makes me laugh. There must be some fantastically successful hair salons out there then... I had the chance to drive one of these last year. I have a Maserati Granturismo and thought about swapping over. I found the California to be savage compared to the Maser, harder ride, louder, faster and a league more sporty. I guess it's where you start from that determines whether a Cali is a boulevard cruiser or not. I have always liked this car, must work harder..[/quote] Lucky you! The Maserati is better looking and about 2/3 the price so don't lose too much sleep!

16 February 2012

[quote Autocar]

Ferrari has also produced an optional ‘Handling Speciale’ package of modifications for the California. It will feature significant upgrades to steering, dampers and springs in the mould of the HGTE package offered on the 599.

The HS pack will move the easy-driving California — which is expanding sales to customers mostly new to Ferrari — into more focused territory closer to Ferrari’s traditional appeal, and has been produced in response to customer demand. [/quote]

This is the real news and the one reasons I'd like to see a road test on the car.

Ferrari previously turned what many thought was a so so chassis in the 599 in to something a bit special with their handling package.

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