Reports indicate that tests are ongoing for the powertrains and running gear of the thinly disguised Ferrari California mule. This next-gen model is expected to start selling at around 2014 or 2015. This test car had the engine sound of a turbocharged unit. This is expected to be a version of a new V8 family presently being produced at Maranello.
In addition, the raised bonnet line and extra cooling vents may signal that the turbo engine has a taller package height that requires additional under-bonnet space and heat management. According to sources, the strange exhaust arrangement on this mule is exclusively a test-car requirement, required to control noise output at the Fiorano test circuit, where strict operating regulations are implemented to satisfy local residents.
Ferrari designed the new V8 family. It’s already in production. In fact, it was newly seen in the Maserati Qattroporte in a twin-turbo 3.8-litre version. There’s no confirmation yet if Ferrari will utilize the same capacity. Even if the unit was used first in a Maserati, Ferrari claims that it exclusively owns the unit since it was designed and made in Maranello at a new £40 million facility.
Previously, Ferrari has said that it is developing downsized engines to cope with more stringent exhaust and emissions tests. It’s speculated that it may include the first road car V6 since the 1968 Dino. But sources imply that this may not be something for the next California. Rather, a lightly blown 3.8 V8 could effortlessly match the 453bhp output of the existing California’s naturally aspirated 4.3, while doing well in exhaust and emissions tests.