Now, according to CAR magazine, Ferrari’s front-engined V8 model is about to get a major overhaul for 2012, with production of the refreshed version beginning as early as January 2012. The 460hp 4.3 liter direct-injection V8 will receive better-machined internals such as an optimized micro cast exhaust manifold and a new ECU mapping that promise a significant boost in output. The upgrades will result in the California gaining an extra 30 ponies for a total of 490hp while torque will be increased from 485 to 505.7 Nm. The new California will continue to be available with a 7 speed twin-clutch transmission with expected century sprint timing of 3.85 sec, versus 4.0 sec of its predecessor.
The use of lighter materials in certain parts of the chassis will shave 30 kg off the current model. In addition, the optional Handling Special package allows the dampers to go from the softest to the hardest setting in a mere 8ms, resulting in improved response and agility. Last but not least, Ferrari will increase the HDD infotainment system's capacity from 30GB to 40GB, and it'll sync with Apple and Android smart phones.