The location for the unveiling of Ferrari’s first turbocharged offering in nearly three-decades could not have been more pristine than the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. For the 84th time in history automakers from around the globe have descended on this Swiss city, presenting some of their most innovative designs ever. Legendary Italian automaker, Ferrari has responded to the demands of sports car enthusiasts with a totally redesigned 2015 California by adding a “T” for turbocharged, among other major improvements.
The exterior appearance of the 2015 California T stands head and shoulders above that of previous models. The aesthetic impression of the California T is the product of a collaboration between Ferrari and the skillful design team at Pininfarina, an independent Italian design house and coachbuilder. It closely resembles an F12 Berlinetta with deeply etched lines and less complicated front grille and air dams. The rear fenders are still slightly bulbous (in order to accommodate the convertible hardtop) but overall it has a great deal more curb appeal than its successor.
The interior resembles a fighter jet with a multitude of colorful steering wheel mounted controls. A flat-bottomed racing style steering wheel and all of the cutting-edge technological advancements befitting a $200,000 sports car are present as well. Beautifully double-stitched leather seating surfaces, dash accents, and door panels seem to offer a beckoning whisper to the driving aficionado. Once inside, he will find a cockpit that is totally geared towards providing an extraordinary emotional driving experience.
Despite the fact that the 2015 California T is equipped with a smaller 3.9-liter V8 engine (than last year’s 4.3-liter) performance has also been improved dramatically, without sacrificing fuel efficiency. Augmented by a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers, a high-performance free-flowing exhaust system with tuned three-piece manifolds, direct fuel injection, and a flat-plane crankshaft, the V6 delivers 560-horsepower and can jet from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.6-seconds. It has a top speed of 196 mph.