Ferrari has officially unveiled the California T a.k.a. the 149M Project and announced that it will bring its new sports car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. As you can see from the photos, the new car follows the same design line introduced by the Ferrari 458 Italia and the F12berlinetta. Just like the mentioned models, the California T was penned by the Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina.
According to the official press release, the shape of California T’s flanks is inspired by the 250 Testa Rossa’s famous pontoon-fender styling, while the front wing line that stretches back towards the compact, muscular rear, brings an aerodynamic sleekness and movement to the sides.
The rear end was also redesigned and now comes with a triple-fence diffuser as well as new taillights. Inside, the California T was designed to be as ergonomic as possible and exudes a sense of warmth and craftsmanship, with luxurious Frau semi-aniline leather trim.
The Ferrari steering wheels comes with integrated controls while the Turbo Performance Engineer (TPE) takes pride of place between the two air vents in the centre of the dash. Moreover, the TPE display brings information to the driver. The California T also features a new infotainment system with an extremely intuitive, high-resolution 6.5” screen featuring both touch-screen and conventional controls.
The 2014 Ferrari California T needs only 14 seconds to transform itself from a coupe into a cabriolet. Under the hood, there is a new power direct-injection 3855 cc turbo 8-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 552 hp @ 7,500 rpm and an impressive 755 Nm of torque. These figures translate into a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds.
Just like in Formula 1, a turbo is used to cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Compared with the outgoing version, the California T gets 70 hp more power and a 49 percent increase in torque, but CO2 emissions are down to 250 g/km (20 percent reduction), while fuel consumption also dropped by 15 percent.