Refreshed Ferrari California to Debut at Geneva

2012 Geneva Motor Show

Ferrari's hot-selling California retracable hardtop convertible will now have increased power and reduced weight.

Ferrari always said they would never build an entry-level model. While many industry watchers simply didn't believe them (spy shots at the time indicated something new was in development), it's hard to describe the California as anything close to entry-level. Since it was first launched back in 2008, the California has been a phenomenal success for the Italian supercar builder, as they've been able to reach a new audience that normally opted for Aston Martins and even Porsche 911 cabriolets.

Now it's time for its mid-cycle refresh and Ferrari has once again delivered the goods. Set to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show, the updated California will be both more powerful and lighter. Its GDI 4.3-liter V8 has an increase of 30hp for a total of 490 ponies. This is made possible with the addition of a new exhaust manifold and some ECU adjustments. All told, it can now go from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds with a modified torque curve. Ferrari has even managed to reduce overall weight by 66 pounds through the use of state-of-the-art aluminum fabrication techniques and construction technologies within the chassis.

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For buyers looking for a more dynamic, but not extreme, driving experience, the California can also now be ordered with the optional Handling Speciale package. It's been developed to modify the suspension set-up by minimizing body roll that's makes the car more responsive. The package also includes magnetorheological dampers (also used on the 599 GTB) controlled by an even faster ECU along with an improved steering ratio and stiffer springs. No pricing has been announced just yet, but we'll have more details and pictures for you next month from the showroom floor of Geneva.

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