2015 Ferrari California T Debuts, With Eye on Cutting Fuel Consumption
- The redesigned 2015 Ferrari California T convertible coupe gets a new twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine with an eye on cutting fuel consumption by 15 percent.
- The 2015 Ferrari California T will debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show.
- "This is also the first time virtually zero turbo lag has been achieved on an engine of this type," Ferrari said in a statement.
MARANELLO, Italy — The redesigned 2015 Ferrari California T convertible coupe gets a new twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine with an eye on cutting fuel consumption by 15 percent, Ferrari announced on Wednesday. The 2015 Ferrari California T will debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show.
The car is expected to arrive at U.S.dealerships in the second half of 2014. U.S. pricing and specific launch timing have not been announced.
The "T" in the name refers to the turbocharged engine. Ferrari said the redesigned car has the same overall dimensions as the outgoing model, but the look has been tweaked by Ferrari's Styling Center in collaboration with the Italian design house Pininfarina.
Ferrari said the new turbo engine also helps to cut vehicle emissions.
The direct-injection eight-cylinder in the redesigned droptop churns out 552-horsepower.
It replaces the naturally aspirated 483-hp 4.3-liter V8 engine in the current California.
The California T accelerates from zero-62 mph in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 196 mph, according to the automaker.
"This is also the first time virtually zero turbo lag has been achieved on an engine of this type, guaranteeing instantaneous response to commands," Ferrari said in a statement.
The EPA has not published official fuel economy numbers on the 2015 California T, but the 2014 California with a 4.3-liter V8 engine delivers 14 mpg in city driving and 19 mpg on the highway.
The 2+2 Ferrari California T features a retractable hardtop that closes in 14 seconds.
Other changes include a new steering box, a new suspension setup and the latest version of the F1-Trac traction control system for maximum acceleration out of corners.
Last August, Edmunds listed the 2012 Ferrari California as one of the "17 Worst Cars You Can Buy," noting that "just because something's expensive doesn't make it good."
The 2013 Ferrari California starts at $201,940, including a $3,750 destination charge.
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