Rumours of a turbocharged power plant for the California replacement began early this year, but company insiders have reportedly told Motor Trend that Ferrari has settled on a version of the 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8, currently powering the Maserati Quattroporte.
The Quattroporte’s twin-turbo V8 is good for 390kW and 650Nm, which compares favourably to the current California’s 365kW and 505Nm from its 4.3 litre naturally-aspirated V8.
This marks something of a ‘return’ to turbocharging for the ‘prancing horse’, with the fan-favourite F40 from the 1980s being the most recent production Ferrari to be turbocharged.
While further details on the California replacement are thin, it’s believed the new model will feature a seven-speed dual clutch automatic with paddle shifters.
An all-new interior is also expected, including a replacement for the current infotainment and satellite navigation systems.
Exterior features will likely include the folding hardtop and aluminium body construction from the California, but a few leaked illustrations from the European office for trademarks and patents along with previous spy photos may offer the only clue to exterior styling.
The Geneva Motor Show kicks off on March 6, 2014.