Ferrari has given its most affordable model, the California gran tourer, an extensive refresh, giving it a sharper suit and a more powerful and fuel-efficient turbocharged V8. To bring attention to that turbo, the Italian exotic gets its name appended to “California T”.
Visually, the updated California takes cues from the Ferrari FF and F12berlinetta, featuring a revised front fascia with elongated headlights, a more prominent grille, a vented hood and a redesigned bumper. The shape of the flanks is said to be inspired by the 250 Testa Rossa’s famous pontoon-fender.
The upgraded interior benefits from Frau semi-aniline leather trim, a revised center console with a new Turbo Performance Engineer screen between the two air vents, and an updated infotainment system with a high-definition 6.5-inch display featuring both touch-screen and conventional controls. The retractable hardtop, which transforms the four-seater into a convertible, retracts into the trunk in 14 seconds.
The biggest news is what resided under the hood — a new turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 that produces 560 horsepower and 755 Nm (556 lb-ft) of torque, 70 more horsepower and 49-percent more torque than the previous V8. According to Ferrari, the engine delivers zero turbo lag, guaranteeing instantaneous response to driver input. With it, the California T accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds before hitting a top speed of 316 km/h (196 mph).
Despite being more powerful than its predecessor, the California T consumes 15 percent less fuel and emits 20 percent less in CO2.
On the handling front, the Italian grand tourer delivers improved sports car dynamics, thanks to superior steering courtesy of a new steering box and suspension setup. New springs, along with the automaker’s latest-generation Magnaride dampers (they respond 50 percent faster) and the car’s body motion accelerometers, reduce roll and pitch for more precise handling. An available carbon-ceramic braking system offers a short 100 to 0 km/h braking distance of just 34 meters (111.5 feet).
The Ferrari California T will make its public debut at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show in March and goes on sale later in the year.
New Porsche 911 Cabriolet Is Ready For Your Summer Enjoyment
This version of the latest 911 offers unlimited headroom for your open-air driving enjoyment.
Not long after unveiling the all-new, , Porsche has taken its roof off to give us the 911 Cabriolet.
With the exception of the soft top, Porsche’s new convertible is nearly identical to the coupe. The soft top can be operated at speeds up to 31 mph (50 km/h), with new roof hydraulics reducing the opening time to around 12 seconds and an electrically-extendable wind deflector helping keep driver and passenger warm.
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Only the Carrera S Cabriolet and Carrera 4S Cabriolet will be available at launch, both powered by a turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder rated at 443 horsepower (450 PS) and 391 lb-ft. of torque, paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Carrera S Cabriolet can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds or 3.7 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, hitting a top speed of up to 190 mph (306 km/h). The Carrera 4S Cabriolet, on the other hand, completes the sprint in 3.8 seconds (3.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono package) before capping out at 189 mph (304 km/h).
The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet starts at $126,100 in the United States, while the Carrera 4S Cabriolet kicks off at $133,400.
Lexus LC Convertible Concept Previews Stylish Drop-Top Roadster
The rumors about the LC 500 getting a droptop version were true after all.
Lexus has revealed the LC Convertible Concept, which likely previews an upcoming open-top roadster and hints at a shift in the LC’s design language.
Presented as a roadster, the LC Convertible Concept is designed to express “ultimate beauty” and serve as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup. Its proportions are nearly identical to the LC Coupe but stands out with a steeply-raked windshield and a contoured trunk lid.
“This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”
The interior features white leather trim, contrasted by yellow accent stitching to break up an otherwise monochrome look.
The Lexus LC Convertible Concept appears to be close to production-ready. Do you want one?
Chevy Corvette Gets Big Price Increase For 2019
The C7 Corvette remains a popular sports car even though sales are declining. If you’re hoping to get one, you better act fast.
Kerbeck Corvette in Atlantic City, has revealed that some versions of the 2019 Corvette are getting a for the 2019 model year. The starting price of the base Corvette Stingray has increased by $405 to $55,900, a small differential that gets much bigger as you move up the Corvette range.
For example, the 2019 Z06 coupe now starts at $80,900, representing a $1,405 price hike, while the range-topping ZR1 shoots up by $2,500 to $125,400. Have a look at the price differential for each model…
Chevy has also raised the price for the 8-speed automatic transmission, which now costs $1,995 compared to $1,725 previously.
It’s not clear why the prices were raised across the board, especially since Corvette sales continue to decline.