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(Ferrari) California Dreamin'

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On: Fri, May 30, 2014 at 10:32AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

(Ferrari) California Dreamin'

Someone pinch us, because we might just be dreaming. For the first time since the last F40 rolled off the assembly line in Maranello way back in 1992, a turbocharged Ferrari is making its debut to the world. The 2015 California T ups the ante on the front-engine, four-seat prancing horse. Compared to the outgoing model, the new California T gets a smaller displacement 3.9-liter engine compared to 4.3, but the great equalizers are the twin-turbochargers that come along with that smaller package. The new boost raises horsepower to a spine-flattening 552 ponies (up 69hp from the outgoing model) and torque to an almost identical 557-lb-ft (up 185-lb-ft).

This enormous power combined with a relatively modest (for a convertible anyway) 4100-pound curb weight make us wonder if the "T" in California T stands for "Teeth", because that's exactly what this puppy has in spades. Ferrari claims that the T can run from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, which even though it is a blazingly fast time may actually be a little underrated. We expect the T to run to 60 mph closer to 3.4 seconds and through the quarter mile in around 11.9 seconds while on its way to a top speed of 200 mph.

The hot-rodded engine aside, Ferrari added a boost management system to help eliminate any turbo lag as well as upgrading the California to carbon-ceramic brakes—which can bring the C-T to a stop from 60 mph in 110 feet—a Delphi MagneRide suspension, and a brand new steering box to help harness all that newfound power through the twisties. Visually, the T gets a new more fierce-looking hood as well as massive fender flares and F12-inspired headlights. Don't worry, California purists, the T retains the power-folding hardtop (which can be folded down in 14 seconds, perfect for those stop-light showoffs), easily the car's most charismatic feature aside from maybe the new engine, of course. Passengers will undoubtedly enjoy the boost gauge located center-stage on the dash board for a little extra excitement.

The new Cali T will run just north of $200,000, which for an Italian exotic convertible with 550 horsepower isn't really all that bad. For 200k, a turbocharged Ferrari sounds like a lot more fun than a two bedroom house. Although the natural argument goes that you can't live in a Ferrari... But our feeling is that if you haven't driven a Ferrari, you haven't truly lived. So if you have the cash, maybe it's time to live a little and make that dream finally come true.

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