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2013 Ferrari California revealed

Spot the difference...

Ferrari has released the first details of the revised 2013 California, ahead of its debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show along with a sole image. You would struggle to notice if you saw one on the street though, as the car gets no visible external changes as standard.

However, the model does benefit from an upgraded 4.3-litre V8 engine that now produces 483 bhp and 372 lb/ft of torque - an increase of 30 bhp and 15 lb/ft. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.8 seconds.

Besides the engine upgrades, the 2013 California has an upgraded chassis which incorporates "cutting-edge aluminium fabrication techniques." Details are limited, but it helps the convertible to weigh less 30 kg less than its predecessor. The California was always criticised for being too heavy so this will certainly help counter these arguments. Combined with the power increase, this means that the power to weight ratio jumps from 261 to 283 bhp/tonne – a fairly substantial increase which will be felt at all speeds.

The updated model will also be offered with a new Handling Speciale package that includes stiffer springs, a quicker steering ratio and improved magnetorheological dampers. The seven-speed dual clutch gearbox carries over unchanged, but the California will employ stop-start technology for improved efficiency.

More details will be available upon the official launch at the Geneva Motor Show.

Image courtesy of Ferrari

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more