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author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2014
  • Ferrari's new California T boasts updates over today's California
  • California T offers new styling inside and out
  • Biggest change is a new 560-hp 3.9-liter turbocharged V8

Ferrari has officially pulled the cover off a revised version of its 4-seat California convertible. The so-called Ferrari California T offers updated interior and exterior styling along with a new powertrain designed to improve both gas mileage and performance.

The most important changes come on the outside, where the California T offers subtle yet dramatic changes over the current model. Every panel is updated, and the car boasts a cleaner look with more exotic lines. But perhaps the biggest change is in back, where the California loses its stacked exhausts and awkward taillights for a new and simpler look.

Inside, changes to the California aren't as sizable. The center stack is redesigned, as are the convertible's air vents and climate controls. The center console is also updated to include the car's transmission buttons in a line rather than a triangle like the California T's predecessor. Overall, however, the T's interior design is largely unchanged.

But Ferrari didn't stop with updates to the California's styling and design. Most enthusiasts will be eager to learn that the T also boasts an entirely new 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 engine, which replaces last year's naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V8. More importantly, the new engine gives the California a whopping 560 horsepower and 557 lb-ft of torque -- a huge boost over today's 483 hp and 372 lb-ft. But Ferrari also has an eye on the environment, as fuel economy with the new engine is expected to increase by 15 percent.

Beyond changes to the interior, exterior and powertrain, Ferrari has instituted a few other upgrades to the latest California. The brand says steering response is improved, for example, and notes that body roll is reduced under hard cornering. The California T also benefits from a refined traction control system that's designed to enhance its acceleration out of corners.

Of course, Ferrari hasn't yet announced pricing, but we wouldn't expect the California T to be cheap. Today's model starts around $200,000, and the car's updates could bump that figure significantly. We'll know more as we get closer to the California T's debut this fall.

What it means to you: The Ferrari California T offers more power, more performance and dramatically improved styling.

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Ferrari California T Officially Revealed - Autotrader