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Listen to the new Ferrari California
According to irrefutable Top Gear Maths, a big shouty, raspy, overly noisy and gloriously loud V8 adds, at the very least, 100bhp onto any car’s performance statistics*.
And thus, watching the video of the new, 2013 Ferrari California reveals that Ferrari has lied: that reworked 4.3-litre V8 hasn’t had an extra 30bhp extracted from it, boosting power from 460bhp to 490bhp and 372lb ft. It sounds like at least 590bhp.
Ferrari has released this video of the latest Cali, which gets new exhaust manifolds and a remapped engine management system, along with a whopping 30kg hacked out of its kerbweight thanks to aluminium fabrication and so forth.0-62mph takes a tenth of a second less - and anyone who watches GP racing will realise that it’s all about the tenths - at just 3.8 seconds. There’s a ‘Handling Speciale’ package too, which speeds up the Magneteorheological dampers by 50 per cent, features stiffer springs and quicker steering.
But enough with the theory - listen to the Cali in action below. Like it? Design is still a tad busy for our eyes, but that V8, well, it is fruity. Though nowhere near as fruity as the old F40 LM’s twin-turbo’d 2.9-litre eight-pot. That car sounds like armageddon…