The 149M Project by Ferrari was announced Feb. 3, but the exact specifications of this project held on to their secrecy. We guessed that it could possibly be a new California model, and we were completely right.
Unveiled today in a press release by Ferrari is the all-new Ferrari California T – a turbocharged take on the convertible model. There has been talk of a new turbo Ferrari and it is finally here. The turbocharged eight-cylinder engine is mounted very low in a mid-front position to provide optimum weight distribution.
More importantly, this engine now creates 552 hp & 557 lb-ft, a massive increase over the base California’s 483 hp & 372 lb-ft. All of this power translates into a 0-62 mph sprint in just 3.6 seconds. And with the new turbo, the California T has 15% less fuel consumption.
A new steering box and suspension set up were also included with the California T, providing reduced steering wheel activity and improved steering response to driver input. The new springs and Magnaride dampers, which respond 50% faster now, work with the body motion accelerometers to decrease body roll and pitch for precise handling and a flatter driving experience.
The Ferrari California T will be officially unveiled to the world at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March.