Ferrari has begun production of an updated California. The standard car now boasts a 30hp output increase to 490hp, while maximum torque is up from 485- to 550Nm. Ferrari reveals that the direct injection engine benefits from a new exhaust manifold design and a remap of the ECU. As a consequence the 0-62mph time drops from 4.0- to just 3.8 seconds.
That improvement will no doubt be helped along by the 30kg weight reduction. This was brought about by fine-tuning the processes Ferrari's Scaglietti production facility uses in fabricating and constructing the aluminium car. Structural rigidity is said to be unchanged.
Further news comes in the form of an additional option for California buyers. The 'Handling Speciale' package features Magnetorheological dampers. Ferrari has even patented the software that controls these and it claims that the ECU is 50% more responsive than before, allowing minute changes to the damping as the car moves. Stiffer springs are also fitted, as is a new steering box with a quicker steering ratio.
Ferrari will launch its updated California at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
Shane O' Donoghue - 15 Feb 2012