When the 84th Geneva International Motor Show opens on March 6, 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland, expect to see the sleeker, faster, redesigned, more fuel efficient 2015 Ferrari California T convertible make its worldwide debut. Despite criticism of the outgoing California model, the 2015 version is expected to be a “horse of a different color.” The exterior of the new California T has reportedly received major influence from independent Italian design house and coach builder Pininfarina, of Cambiano, Italy. Photos which have been leaked ahead of the Geneva International Motor Show seem to indicate that it is much more attractive, with a lower center of gravity and a decreased “junk in the trunk” appearance.
Its athletic stance and harder, sleeker lines resemble the styling of the F12 Berlinetta, especially through the rear and the scalloped design that is evident from the front wheel openings to the rear fenders. The rear fenders still display a slight bulge in order to accommodate the convertible hardtop, which can be retracted in just 14-seconds. Nevertheless, it looks about as good going as it does coming, with a reworked lower air diffuser and new quad-exhaust tip arrangement. The front grille is much less cluttered than its predecessor, flanked by Xenon headlights, and the unique hood vents are also particularly appealing. Dark gray five-spoke wheels and yellow center caps with trademark rearing stallion emblems complete the package, beautifully.
The obvious “T” in the 2015 Ferrari California T represents turbo. The punch of this stallion comes from a direct-injected twin-scroll turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 that delivers an astounding 553-horsepower at 7,500 RPMs and 557 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,750 RPMs. Those in the know at Ferrari have offered their kind assurances that this 3.9-liter will not share the dubious fate of last year’s less powerful 4.3-liter V8, which sounded more like a muffled electric toothbrush than a high-performance sports car. The Italian automaker says that a 90-degree engine configuration, flat-plane crankshaft, and tuned three-piece exhaust manifold design lend themselves to improved engine performance and a more resonate exhaust note. The same engine, albeit slightly detuned, propels the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte and it sounds fantastic. The California T is expected to blast from 0 to 62 mph in only 3.6-seconds, with a top speed of 196 mph. Fuel mileage is — who really cares about fuel mileage, when you drive a $200,000 Ferrari — expected to improve by approximately 15-percent over the outgoing California.
In addition to the new engine, the California T will receive a redesigned suspension setup with the latest version of the F1-Trac electronic stability and traction control system. When coupled with Ferrari’s guarantee of zero turbo lag, this car should accelerate like wild stallion. An innovative new steering gearbox will also accompany the new suspension system.
The 2+2 interior, and I use the term loosely because you will be lucky if you can fit an average sized briefcase in the back seats, is exquisite. Supple leather surfaces abound and are complimented by aluminum and carbon-fiber accents. The flat-bottomed steering wheel in the driver focused cockpit looks as though it was taken from a modern fighter jet, with buttons on top of buttons in various different colors.