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Ferrari California T (F149M)

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Product Overview

Ferrari California T (Type F149M) is a mid-size luxury convertible in production from 2014 to 2017. It was powered by an F154 bi-turbocharged V8 engine that displaced 3.9 liters paired to a DCT.
A facelift of the original California, the California T is the first turbocharged Ferrari. It has minor cosmetic differences compared to the former, though the more important difference is in power delivery: The T is much torquier, and it is markedly more powerful. Unfortunately, this level of power may just be too much for public roads, while the loss of the tangible characters of the NA engine is disappointing.
Drivers who appreciate handling will be pleased to know that the Ferrari California T comes with double-wishbone at the front and multi-link at the rear. Combined with RWD, this setup provides one of the best handling characteristics and tuning capabilities.

Ratings

What we found

Neofiliac score 87%
Pros
  • Superb torque and power
  • Good handling
  • Hard convertible top
Cons
  • Less elegant than the original California
  • Turbocharging
  • No more manual

What external reviewers found

External score 87%
Pros
  • Fantastic handling
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Powerful turbo engine
  • More powerful than the standard Cali T
Cons
  • Not as fun to drive
  • Not as fast as the old California
  • More expensive than the California T
  • More expensive than a 488

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Specifications

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External Reviews

carmagazine[1]

Reviewer score 86%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found:
There are no mods to the 552bhp turbocharged V8 - and it isn't any lighter. Essentially it's a set of stiffer springs, revised dampers and a new exhaust back box. The ride is good, but not quite as plump as the standard car's. Although the extra exhaust noise is welcome, it's occasionally a little boomy.
Pros
  • More powerful than the standard Cali T
  • Fantastic handling
Cons
  • More expensive than a 488
  • Not the most fun to drive

References

  1. ^ Ferrari California T Handling Speciale (2016) review. [carmagazine].

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