A new 4,300 cc V8 engine
Marketing of the California was originally planned via a viral website, launching teaser images and details as the countdown to launch progressed. But these images and details appear to have side-stepped the site.
Marketing of the California was originally planned via a viral website, launching teaser images and details as the countdown to launch progressed. But these images and details appear to have side-stepped the site. The model will be available exclusively as a convertible with a folding hard top. Both chassis and bodywork are aluminium, in line with the rest of the current range. The California will be powered by a new 4,300 cc V8 engine, mounted for the first time in the marque’s history in the mid-front position. Power is 460hp. As per the traditional Ferrari transaxle layout, the engine will be coupled to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. It’ll be equipped with the exclusive F1-Trac traction control system, which made its debut on the 599 GTB Fiorano and has been further honed to suit the typical driving conditions expected for this new GT. Brembo brakes featuring carbon-ceramic material disks as standard will guarantee brick-wall braking. New images and details will be revealed prior to the model’s official launch at the Paris International Car Show.
The new Porsche 911
The legendary rear-engined sportscar has gone under the knife
Evolution rather than revolution – that’s always been Porsche’s approach with its legendary 911. And the latest facelifted version of the famous rear-engined sportscar is no different.
These are the first official pictures of the new Carrera and Carrera S and, as you can see, you’ll need to be looking closely to spot the changes. At the front, both models get a subtly reprofiled front bumper and grille, while revised headlamps, indicators and tail lights get LED bulbs. But the big news is under the skin. For the first time ever, the German firm is offering a rapid-shifting dual clutch gearbox as an option. Called PDK (Porsche Doppler Kupplings), the seven-speed unit is a development of a system first used 20 years ago in the brand’s Le Mans racers. Using either the gearlever or paddles mounted on the redesigned steering wheel, drivers can now change ratios around 60 percent faster than with the old Tiptronic semi-auto set up. To make the most of the new transmission, engineers at the company have upped the power on the car’s trademark flat-six motor. A range of tweaks, including the addition of direct injection, mean that the output from the Carrera’s 3.6-litre motor increases by 20bhp to 345bhp, while the 3.8-litre S is boosted to 385bhp, which is a 30bhp rise. Performance is blistering, the Carrera and higher-powered S hitting 0-62mph in 4.7 and 4.5 seconds respectively. Best of all, the revisions also mean fuel consumption is reduced by around 12 percent across the range. Both the coupe and the convertible versions of the Carrera models benefit from the upgrades, while the faster Turbo, GT3 and GT2 remain in the line-up unchanged.