Slated for release in early 2016, the updated Ferrari FF will have even more power than the current model and will likely have an optional turbocharged V8 engine. All reports suggest that the Ferrari FF will still be equipped with an even more powerful V12 engine as the standard option. Expect horsepower output in this new V12 option to be closer to 700 hp.
The new engine option for the Ferrari FF will be a slightly reworked version of the new turbocharged V8 that is currently found in the Ferrari California-T. The all-wheel drive system is also expected to be updated and revised to increase performance. The Ferrari FF will ditch the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in favor of a new eight-speed gearbox.
Expect the interior of the 2016 Ferrari FF to also get revised with an emphasis on newer lightweight materials and an updated infotainment center. The exterior will also receive so weight reduction upgrades such as carbon fiber body panels. These updates will give the buyer a buffet of new options to choose from and should definite help to keep the supercar relevant for several more years as Ferrari continues to work on a replacement design.
It is not possible for an automotive company to hide from the reality that emission reduction is here to stay. As the world embraces going green, the demand for more fuel efficient-eco friendly cars is reshaping the automotive landscape. Car companies must now produce fuel-sipping powerplants if they want to be competitive from this point forward. This can be rather challenging for automotive manufactures that pride themselves on performance and power. Classically speaking, power and fuel economy have not mixed. There is no better example of this than the muscle cars of the 1970s. For Ferrari, the challenge of reducing emissions while improving performance has been viewed as a way for Ferrari to separate itself from the pack and to introduce new models that are equally exciting as they are eco friendly.
Ferrari Powertrain Director Vittorio Dini recently told Automotive News Europe that Ferrari has plans to improve its current average C02 emissions of 270 grams per kilometer by 20 percent by 2021. This would create a new benchmark for the Prancing Horse of 216 grams of C02 per kilometer. “In the future, all of our V8s will use turbos,” explained Dini. For the V12 engines, Ferrari has elected to go with a hybrid system that better suits the V12 engines versus the heat that is created from turbos.
Evidence of this new philosophy can be seen in the new California T that ditches the naturally aspirated engine in favor of a smaller displacement, more powerful turbocharged unit. The LaFerrari is an example of how Ferrari has paired the larger V12 engine with a powerful hybrid system.
The five-gallery year-long “California Dreaming” exhibition is now open at the Museo Ferrari Maranello in Italy. This exhibit is part of a one million dollar redevelopment program designed by Ferrari SpA to better welcome visitors to the Ferrari museum. Last year Ferrari welcomed 320,000 visitors from around the world, making the Ferrari museum one of the top museums in Italy. On hand for the opening ceremony of the exhibit were Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and the mayor of Maranello, Lucia Bursi.
The “California Dreaming” exhibit was designed to help promote the new Ferrari California T and to celebrate the rich and vibrant history that Ferrari has with California. The exhibit features historic artifacts, photographs and significant Ferraris that played a part in Ferrari racing in California. The exhibit included Ferraris from Hollywood movies, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Laguna Seca and Pebble beach.
The Ferrari California T is a completely new car that proudly displays a turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 with a redesigned chassis and a new Formula 1 gearbox. Recently Autocar was given the opportunity to take the 2015 Ferrari California T out for a spin. It’s safe to say that they were equally as impressed with the performance of this introductory offer from the prancing horse that is designed to attract first time Ferrari buyers.
The body design of the 2015 Ferrari California T will be heavily inspired by its faster and more powerful sibling, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. This new styling is the result of cooperation between Ferrari and Pininfarina. The grill and lower front fascia will remain similar to the out-going California, while the headlights on the new California will closely resemble those of the F12 Berlinetta along with an aggressive new hood. Other noticeable changes include a tribute being paid to the legendary 250 Testa Rossa in the form of pontoon-like fender flares that visually tie the front and rear ends together. The taillights will remain similar to the current model; however the new California will trade in the stacked quad-exhaust pipe layout for a more traditional quad-exhaust system that can be found on the F12 Berlinetta. Expect to find the reverse lights relocated inside the taillights similar to the setup on the F12.
The 2015 Ferrari California T was recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor show with some significant changes over the previous model when it comes to power. For the first time since the Ferrari F40, a turbocharged engine has found its way under the hood of a Ferrari. This is the first of many models expected from Ferrari to include turbocharged engines.
The 2015 Ferrari California T will have a smaller displacement of a 3.9-liter V8 versus the previous model’s 4.3-liter naturally aspirated engine. With this smaller displacement comes a huge power boost in the form of a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 552 hp and 557 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 69 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque over the previous California. This new turbocharged engine is likely to be paired with the currently used seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Ferrari claims the California T will accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 196 mph.
Additional upgrades for the 2015 Ferrari California T include an upgrade to the steering, suspension, and braking systems. The 2015 Ferrari California T will have a new steering box, new springs, and the latest-generation Magnaride suspension. New carbon-ceramic brakes have been added to the California T that Ferrari Says can bring the California to a stop from 60 mph in just 111 feet.