How is the car different from the California?
Ferrari's styling center designed the California T together with Pininfarina. The new car keeps the California's 2+2 configuration and its transaxle architecture but the center of gravity is 10mm lower.
What else is new?
The 552-hp 3.8-liter V-8 engine is Ferrari's first turbocharged powerplant since the F40 in 1987. The entire body is new, except for the retractable hardtop.
Why a turbo engine?
By pumping air into the cylinders, the turbocharged engine has 14 percent more power than its predecessor's naturally aspired 483-hp 4.3-liter V-8, but emits 16 percent less CO2.
Is there sluggish initial acceleration, also known as turbo lag?
Ferrari engineers achieved “zero turbo lag” helped by a variable boost management system that adapts the torque curve to each gear change.
Is the California T fast?
It can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62mph) in 3.6 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the California.
Do Ferrari owners care about lower fuel consumption?
This is not an issue for most Ferrari buyers, but the improved efficiency highlights the brand's technical and engineering capabilities and shows an element of corporate responsibility.