Ferrari’s new California T goes the “eco” way image

Don’t worry about it, the Italian supercar maker is not adding another hybrid drivetrain to the line-up and it’s also not thinking going the electric way. It’s just that in its stride to reduce fuel consumption and thus meet more stringent emission rules has decided to go turbo on the new California convertible.

This is an important change for Ferrari, as the last time it opted on a production car against the high revving naturally aspirated engine was in the 1980s, when it launched the coveted F40.

Now, its California coupe-convertible has been equipped with a turbocharged V8 engine and to emphasize this, the production model, slotted to make its public debut during the Geneva auto show on March 4, will also bear the letter “T”.

The new California T, just unveiled, has under its hood a new 3.9-liter direct-injection V8 engine, which is churning out 552 HP – a definite improvement over the late model, which had a 4.3-liter V8 with an output of 483 HP. Also, thanks to the turbo charging setup, the new model should reduce fuel consumption by 15% – the old one had a 13 L/100 km and CO2 emissions of 299g/km.

“For Ferrari and others of its ilk, I think the figures highlight their technical and engineering capabilities,” said IHS Automotive analyst Ian Fletcher.

He added that although for a typical Ferrari owner fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are of no importance, such high-end manufacturers still need to show some measure of corporate responsibility.

Via Automotive News Europe