The February unveiling should be a California-based turbo.
Following last year’s rumors, Ferrari has finally published a teaser of its impending 149M Project, due on February 12. As theprevious model of the Italian automaker’s California was codenamed F149, thispoints to an updated version which will almost certainly be turbocharged. Rumorshave this engine as a tuned version of the Maserati Quattroporte’s twin-turboV8, which makes 523 horsepower and 372 lb-ft of torque in the sedan.
The current generation of Ferraris is expected to be thelast of the naturally aspirated Prancing Horses, with all future Ferrarisexpected to be turbocharged. Whether this will affect the sound and drivingexperience of the lineup is unclear, but the expected engine is a powerful addition over theexisting California, which makes 483hp and 372 lb-ft of torque. For theexterior, expect the revised version to look slightly more like the F12Berlinetta, with interiors receiving updated infotainment systems andadditional upgrades. Stay tuned for more details on February 12 and followingthe official public launching at the March Geneva Motor Show.