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.
The sleek aerodynamic styling of the new Ferrari California is the latest product of a long-time partnership between the Italian carmaker and Pininfarina. This is evident from the fact that the new California dons a number of signature Ferrari styling cues.
The profile of the new Ferrari California reveals a bonnet which has an aerodynamic sweep that is elegantly contrasted by the pulled-back cabin and the compact tail volume. The sides of the new Ferrari California are also laden with alternating concave and convex volumes
Up front, the face of the new Ferrari California continues the theme as seen on its sides. Moreover, the front end of the new Ferrari California is laden with several design cues similar to those on the car that inspired it – the 250 GT California. These include the sports car’s grille as well as slender air intake at the center of the bonnet.
On the rear, the new Ferrari California features a muscular tail end marked by the single round LED taillights placed along the edge of the boot, which in turn sweeps down to the bumpers for better functionality. Moreover, the new Ferrari California is provided with vertically stacked twin tailpipes.
Meanwhile, the cabin of the new California comes with a sophisticated interior design that isn’t only comfortable and luxurious but is also high quality. The cabin comes with a new aluminum-trimmed center console that elegantly and dynamically combines beautiful design and functionality.
Just as expected, both the aerodynamics and styling of the new Ferrari California were developed alongside each other. Because of this, the new California features a low drag coefficient (Cx) in relation to the required downforce. In fact, when running as a coupe, the California has a Cx value of 0.32.
Moreover, the shape of the rear diffuser and the front spoiler was influenced by a quest to attain an ideal balance between aerodynamic drag and vertical load. This allowed aerodynamic drag to be lowered by 10 percent, making the new California a more aerodynamically efficient car. This means that it consumes less fuel than other Ferrari models. Additionally, the air intake on the bonnet of the new California helps ensure the continuous presence of cooling air for the engine.