Currently reading: Geneva motor show 2012: Ferrari California
Ferrari has lopped 30kgs off the weight of the California and pumped up the power and torque
Autocar
News
2 mins read
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.

See images of the revised Ferrari California

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.

See all the latest Ferrari reviews, news and video

 

 

 

 

Advertisement
Advertisement

Find an Autocar review

Join the debate

Comments
20
Add a comment…
Boris911 5 March 2012

Re: Power boost for Ferrari California

Lesia44 wrote:
Fidji wrote:
Is it me or is the California the most likeable of all the current Ferraris?
O.K, so it's not just you. :-)
Hey there's only two of us so far 'Lesia44', dont throw in the towel just yet :) Oh and I would take the Italia if it wasn't as a daily driver and if it cost the same as the California.

Lesia44 5 March 2012

Re: Power boost for Ferrari California

Fidji wrote:
Is it me or is the California the most likeable of all the current Ferraris?
O.K, so it's not just you. :-)

Boris911 5 March 2012

Re: Power boost for Ferrari California

Fidji wrote:
This seems like a car you could live with very happily, cruising from A to B with the roof down with the occasional blip of full throttle.
Agree with that statement entirely 'Fidji'. I had a drive in a used one not long ago for presicely the reason you suggest. I do low miles, about 4k a year in a sunny climate, and this would work fine as a daily driver. You don't see Italia's going sidewayd down the road except in Magazine shoots or Hollywood films. There's a reason, you cannot and do not, do that sort of thing on the road and retain your license. So yes, as a person seriously considering buying a Ferrari to use as a daily driver, the California makes a strong case for itself. And as someone else pointed out, this is no 'soft' car unless you are judging it by some very very high standards, and those cars are not as suitable as daily drivers. Sure the Italia is more intense, but you will not feel short changed with the California, especially with the recently announced upgrades.

Find an Autocar car review