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New turbocharged Ferrari California T unveiled

'T stands for lower emissions, higher performance'

12 February, 17:29
New turbocharged Ferrari California T unveiled (ANSA) - Rome, February 12 - Ferrari on Wednesday unveiled the new version of its venerable and beloved California model, a "radically" different and 'greener' vehicle whose new turbocharged engine combines lower emissions with higher performance.

Ferrari called the car - whose 3.8 liter bi-turbo V8 allows it to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100kmh) in 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 316 kmh - a "perfect synthesis of innovation and technology". It said the car - an update of the 2012 model - had 15% lower emissions than its naturally aspirated predecessor. "Sporty, elegant, versatile: that's the Ferrari California," Ferrari said on its website.

"Since the 1950s, in fact, this particular model has been the Prancing Horse's finest embodiment of all three characteristics. "Now, however, the new California T adds a radical innovation to that honourable tradition whilst still retaining the model's highly renowned versatility.

"The T in its moniker refers, of course, to the development of a new 8-cylinder turbo engine that combines reduced emissions and fuel consumption with exceptional performance underscored by blistering pick-up due to zero turbo lag and a torque curve that adapts to suit each gear change.

"Equally, the retractable hard top or RHT transforms the California T from a chic coupé into a sleekly sophisticated spider in a mere 14 seconds. "A refined semi-aniline leather-trimmed cabin also offers the modular spaces of the signature 2+ configuration and underscores the car's extraordinary versatility," Ferrari said.