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Ferrari Reveals New California T

Redesigned convertible gets turbocharged.

by on Feb.13, 2014

The 2015 Ferrari California shares its turbo V-8 with the new Maserati Ghibli - albeit with a few tweaks.

It’s T-time at Ferrari.  The Italian automaker is offering up a first look at the next-generation California convertible, with its official public debut scheduled for the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Make that the new Ferrari California T, as in turbo, the 2015 model replacing its old 4.3-liter naturally aspirated V-8 with a new turbocharged 3.9-liter eight-banger.  The good news, claims the Italian supercar maker, is that the new engine delivers about 70 more horsepower and a whopping 49% increase in torque – while absolutely eliminating the dreaded phenomenon known as turbo lag.

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Oh, and for those who like a green spin to their wheels, no matter what the cost, the 2015 Ferrari California T will reportedly deliver about 15% better mileage than the outgoing convertible.

The new retractable hardtop, meanwhile, can “transform (the 2+2) from a chic coupe into a sleekly sophisticated spider in a mere 14 seconds,” notes a release from Ferrari.


Ferrari Set to Bring California to Geneva

Next generation supercar could bring major engine change.

by on Feb.05, 2014

The 149M Project is believed to be Ferrari code for the updated California convertible.

If you can go to Las Vegas to see Paris or Venice, well, maybe that explains the idea of going to Geneva to check out California. The next-generation Ferrari California, that is.

The Modena-based supercar maker has announced plans to unveil what it has dubbed the 149M Project next week, with the new model itself set to get a Geneva Motor Show preview barely a month later.

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It’s believed the “M” signifies “Modificado,” or “modified,” a term Ferrari appears to be using for the redesign of the California convertible. (more…)

Minicars and Muscle Cars Experience Most Frequent Insurance Claims

Luxury sports cars suffer the most expensive claims, says new study.

by on Sep.20, 2012

An accident waiting to happen? The Ferrari California topped the chart in the new HLDI crash loss study.

Minicars and muscle cars run up the most frequent insurance claims, according to a new study, while sports cars and luxury vehicles experience the most expensive insurance losses.

The frequency and cost of collisions resulting in insurance claims varied widely according to the Highway Loss Data Institute, or HLDI.  A claim covering the Ferrari California is likely to cost $82,112, according to the new study, which worked out $2,132 for every vehicle covered by insurance.  At the other end of the scale, the repairs for a Chrysler 200 totaled just $3,378, on average, or $162 for every insured vehicle.

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“Naturally, expensive cars cost more to fix, which is why they have such high collision losses,” Kim Hazelbaker, HLDI senior vice president  explained. “Meanwhile, cars marketed for their powerful engines tend to crash more often, a phenomenon partly explained by the type of drivers they attract and by the style of driving they lend themselves to.”


First Look: 2011 Ferrari SA Aperta

Paris preview planned.

by on Sep.24, 2010

Only 80 of the 2011 Ferrari SA Apertas will be built.

The wait is over.  Ferrari is finally lifting the covers – quite literally – off the long-anticipated 599 convertible.

Unlike the recently-launched Ferrari California, however, the Italian supercar maker is opting for a classic soft-top for the 2011 Ferrari SA Aperta that will make its formal debut, next week, at the Mondial de l’Automobile – the Paris Motor Show for the French-challenged.

The maker is calling this “the most exclusive Ferrari ever,” a bit of hyperbole if one considers some of the low-volume models to emerge from Italy over the years.  Nonetheless, you’d better get ready to plunk down your cash quick if the Aperta appeals because only 80 will ultimately roll off the maker’s lines.

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And for an estimated 400,000 Euros – to start –you will get an essentially hand-made and completely customized 2-seater with a miniscule cloth top that folds away into a cubbyhole in the trunk.


Ferrari Cuts Jobs, Closes Plant

Sales down, long-term forecast's up.

by on May.12, 2010

Ferrari is cutting jobs and idling a key plant in Maranello, though the blame is largely due to problems at Maserati.

What happened to the waiting list?

For as long as memory serves, Ferrari has boasted about its long waiting list of buyers, including many willing to shell out thousands of dollars just to move ahead in line. Prior to the current economic downturn, the Italian maker claimed its average model was as much as three years on back order.

No longer.  With problems at its sibling Maserati division complicating matters, Ferrari is downgrading its sales estimates for the year to just 11,000 vehicles for the two brands, compared to the original 20,000 car forecast.  In turn, the maker, a subsidiary of Fiat, is planning to cut jobs and idle some of its plants.

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About 120 office workers will lose their jobs, along with 150 plant employees, the maker says.  Meanwhile, a plant at its headquarters, in Maranello, near Modena, will close for a week, impacting another 600 employees.

Ferrari officials say their lead brand is reasonably healthy and that there still remains strong demand for many models, such as the $228,000 Ferrari California.  But the big issue is Maserati, where sales have continued to slip despite optimistic forecasts and the expansion of the model line-up.

In 2008, Ferrari produced 9,000 engines for the less expensive brand, a figure that fell by half last year.  And current trends suggest Maserati will be down even more for 2010 without a sudden upturn in demand.

That’s a problem for both makers, as Ferrari not only has a financial stake in Maserati but uses its plants to produce engines and other key components for models like the Quattroporte.

“Ferrari has to respond to market demands that rise and fall in an ever less-predictable fashion,” noted a company statement outlining the company’s planned cuts.

First quarter profits fell 28%, to $50 million, after a 30% decline last year.

A new five-year plan for Ferrari and Maserati, outlined by Fiat Chairman Sergio Marchionne last month, remained upbeat, forecasting that by 2014 the two brands will be able to double revenues, to around $5 billion, by expanding their respective model line-ups.

First Drive: 2009 Ferrari California

Ferrari's first true "daily driver"?

by on Jul.28, 2009

Is the 2009 Ferrari California the first true "daily driver" to wear the prancing pony badge?

Is the 2009 Ferrari California the first true "daily driver" to wear the prancing pony badge?

Is it just me, or does the idea of driving a Ferrari every day seem like something of an oxymoron?

Friends with Spyders and Scagliettis and F430s are likely to pull them out to admire and maybe clock a few dozen miles, on the weekend.  But commute?  Take them to the grocery store?  Leave them in the movie theater parking lot?  Not a chance. At least not until now. But when the folks at Ferrari start describing the new 2009 California as a daily driver, they really mean it. And if you’re willing to risk a ding in the supermarket lot, you just might agree.

The launch of the 2010 Ferrari California has kicked off a little dust-up among those who’ve argued that it’s not quite up to the design standards of the brand.  There’s no question it’s a bit different from the likes of the F430 or the 612 Scaglietti, with some unusual touches, like the vertically stacked twin-double exhaust pipes, a layout Ferrari aerodynamicists came up with because it reduces drag in the rear wheel wells.

Faster than a speeding Ferrari!

Faster than a speeding Ferrari!

But to our eyes, it’s also an admirable attempt at homage to the original 250 GT California, which was produced between 1953 and 1964.