New Ferrari California Coming with 552HP and F12 Styling

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More details come to light as California replacement enters final stages of development.

Confirming recent reports the new-generation Ferrari California will be powered by a twin-turbo V8, Autocar is claiming the new model will in fact use the 3.8-liter V8 Ferrari designed and built for the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli, uprated to deliver 552 horsepower. The styling of the new convertible is believed to have plenty of F12 Berlinetta influences, especially at the front, while the headlights have been borrowed from the 458 Italia.

The engine will also deliver a louder soundtrack than the naturally-aspirated V8 in the current model. The retractable hard-top will remain, the interior is being completely overhauled with a new-look dash and brand-new multimedia system, but the price of the California replacement will stay the same. Deliveries are scheduled for May, just two months after it debuts at Geneva. Pre-orders are already being taken but Ferrari is set to reduce output of the new car by 500 units per year to enhance its exclusivity.

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