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2012 Ferrari California facelift to receive power boost

By SYF77 on 05 Nov 2011

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When Ferrari launched the California in 2008, the hardtop roadster model was a novelty for the Maranello supercar manufacturer. Despite objections from purists, Ferrari proved to be right and the California was a major sales success. Not only did it boost the brand’s sales, it also succeeded in its original goal of bring in buyers who would only consider Aston Martins, Porsches and Bentleys as they found Ferraris to be impractical.

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.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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