If you can go to Las Vegas to see Paris or Venice, well, maybe that explains the idea of going to Geneva to check out California. The next-generation Ferrari California, that is.
The Modena-based supercar maker has announced plans to unveil what it has dubbed the 149M Project next week, with the new model itself set to get a Geneva Motor Show preview barely a month later.
It’s believed the “M” signifies “Modificado,” or “modified,” a term Ferrari appears to be using for the redesign of the California convertible.
Considering the maker’s increasing willingness to break with tradition – witness the hybrid drivetrain in the new La Ferrari model, never mind the wagon-like Ferrari FF – there’s plenty of speculation underway about what might be in store for the updated California, which was first launched in current form in 2009.
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Among the many questions is what will be used under the hood. The current model is fired up by a 454-horsepower 4.3-liter V-8. According to several sources, the Modificado will adopt a smaller but more powerful twin-turbo now used in the new Maserati Quattroporte. The 3.8-liter package churns out 550 hp – but it would surprise few if Ferrari found ways to squeeze out a few more prancing ponies for its version.
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The 2015 iteration of the California is expected to see a number of exterior styling tweaks, perhaps lifting some cues from the F12 Berlinetta, suggests British-based Auto Express, and even from the FF.
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Look for significant updates to both the look of the interior and to its infotainment system and gauge cluster.