With a new turbocharged V8 engine, an increase in torque by 49 percent and a reduction of 15 percent in fuel consumption, the Ferrari California T epitomises elegance, sportiness, versatility and exclusivity: characteristics that have distinguished every California model since the 1950s. These are definitive collectibles.

The updated California T features a revised body design to match its new engine’s boosted performance, with the holistic sports driving experience maintained at the exceptionally high level one expects from a Ferrari. It boasts striking standards of innovation while retaining signature features such as: the successful 2+2 concept, a refined cabin and the retractable hard top (RHT), which transforms it from a chic coupé into a sophisticated spider in a mere 14 seconds.

The direct-injection, 3 855 cc turbocharged 8-cylinder is mounted very low in the chassis in a mid-front position and delivers 412kW at 7 500rpm, which translates into a specific power output of 107kW/litre – the highest in its segment – along with maximum torque of 755Nm. The California T’s extraordinary acceleration for the 0-100km/h sprint is just 3.6 seconds.

The California T also has the latest evolution of the F1-Trac traction control system for maximum acceleration out of corners, thereby underscoring the sportier side of its personality. Its architecture, controls and new 8-cylinder engine ensure consistently intense driving pleasure in challenging driving conditions, while making the car fun to drive in more relaxed situations; very much in the Grand Tourer tradition.

Its sleek proportions were penned by the Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina and are very much in keeping with the Ferrari front-engined ethos. The California T’s cabin was designed to be as ergonomic as possible and exudes a sense of warmth and craftsmanship, with luxurious Poltrona Frau semi-aniline leather trim. The interior space is flexible so that owners can make the most efficient use of the boot capacity even with the top down, thanks to the opening between the luggage compartment and rear seats.

The Ferrari California T also features a new infotainment system with an extremely intuitive, high-resolution 6.5-inch screen featuring both touch-screen and conventional controls. Collect it if you can!

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