Friday, February 14, 2014

2015 Ferrari California T turbo revealed

The California T is motivated by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 that makes 552 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque. These numbers are quite significant, too. Power is up 62 horses and torque is up 49 percent over the current California. All that power – when routed through the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – is good for a 0 to 62 mph sprint in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph.
The steering ratio is up 50 percent and – thanks to beefier brakes – a slamming stop from 62 mph is accomplished in 111.5 feet. This sort of stopping force is enough to cause you to see through time, albeit for a split second.
If a direct-injection turbocharged V8 sounds familiar, it should. Maserati is playing with a similar configuration right now, but Ferrari insists that this engine is a different project entirely. With a flat-plane crank and different displacement, the only thing the two V8s officially share is a manufacturing facility. But something tells us there may be more than a little commonality between the two blocks.
Look for the 2015 California T to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.