The California T also boasts quicker steering courtesy of a new steering box and new suspension setup, and electronic systems such as the F1-Trac traction control and electronic stability have been upgraded to Ferrari’s latest spec.
But it’s the engine that is the star of the show. It’s a brand new unit, though one based on the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 fitted to the Maserati Quattroporte. The California T’s engine musters up 552 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque, and it also features a flat-plane crankshaft. Drive goes to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Compared to the former California’s naturally-aspirated 4.3-liter V-8, the engine in the California T is delivering 49 percent more torque but is using around 15 percent less fuel. EPA fuel economy will be released closer to the sales launch later this year. Owners can expect 0-62 mph acceleration in 3.6 seconds and a top speed in excess of 195 mph.
The California T’s cabin has also been upgraded with a more ergonomic design and better quality materials. The biggest change, however, is the new infotainment system which features a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. This is the primary input device for Apple’s new CarPlay system which connects its portable devices (CarPlay initially launches in select Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo models).
For more on the Ferrari California T, check out the videos below. And for more from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, click here.
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