Ferrari 149M Project teaser.Enlarge Photo
Ferrari will prance into the 2014 Geneva Motor Show with a new model dubbed 149M Project.
The mysteriously-named car will be revealed online February 12, with an official debut at Geneva scheduled for March 4. Supercar Team reports that it will most likely be an evolution of the current California.
Ferrari often applies the "M" (for modificato, or "modified") tag to refreshed or updated versions of existing models. Just as the 550 Maranello was replaced by the 575M Maranello, Ferrari may be planning to give the California a facelift rather than replace it with an entirely new model.
That makes sense because, while there have been reports of an all-new model, only California-based test mules have been spied so far. Since the new model is expected to debut this spring, we would have expected to see some new sheetmetal underneath the camouflage by now.
Whether it departs completely from the current model or not, the next California is expected to get a turbocharged engine, likely based on the 3.8-liter V-8 from the Maerati Quattroporte, which Ferrari itself manufactures.
In the Maserati, that engine produces 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, already quite a bit more than the 483 hp and 372 lb-ft produced by the current California's naturally-aspirated 4.3-liter V-8.
The car is expected to retain its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and folding metal roof, but get an infotainment upgrade. While a complete restyling is probably out of the question, hopefully something can be done to improve the California's awkward looks as well.