For all of those who wanted a Ferrari California, but just thought a 453 hp was just not enough from a Ferrari, there is some good news! The folks at Maranello are making their tin top speed machine lighter, faster and more powerful.
The Geneva Motor Show will see the official debut of the new version California that includes new exhaust manifolds and engine mapping in the 4.3-liter V8. This helps squeeze 37 more hp out of the unit for a total of 490 hp.
Ferrari has also included some new fabrication techniques for the aluminum bits in the bodywork which have reduced the weight by 66 lbs. That may not seem like much, but have you seen the size of an Italian supermodel lately?
The overall effect is a 1 to 100 kmh (62 mph) run of 3.8 seconds. That’s only 0.1 seconds quicker than the original car, but with a Ferrari every tick counts.
While Ferrari was updating the California they decided to also work on the handling, but unlike the other upgrades, the boys at the prancing horse are going to make us pay for this one. The optional Handling Speciale package includes Magnetorheological dampers controlled by a faster ECU (Ferrari claims a 50% better response time.) The package also features stiffer springs and a new steering box with a 10% quicker steering ratio.
We don’t have all the pricing or availability data yet. Ferrari says it has already started production of the upgraded California and that Europe will get it first before they begin to trickle to the rest of the world.