The new Ferrari California T.
The new Ferrari California T.

Ferrari California T stomping back into the land of turbos

ITS official. A Ferrari road car goes "turbo" for the first time since the legendary F40 of 1987.

The car in question, the new California T (as in T for turbo), has been unveiled after teaser images were released online at the start of the week.

Ferrari claim the new California T is a 'new' car compared to the outgoing model first introduced in 2008. Visually, the California T carries on the design theme seen on the 458 and F12 Berlinetta.

While still retaining its shape, the new car borrows many styling cues from the 458 and F12 Berlinetta. At the front, thinner headlights sit on haunches which sit above the bonnet line while nostrils and intakes on the front and side add agressiveness to an otherwise dainty design. The rear has been tidied up with dual exhausts and a rear diffuser.

The V8 engine has been reduced in size from 4.2 to 3.9-litres but the addition of two twin scroll turbochargers means there is more grunt than ever.

Power is rated at 412kW, 22 more than before, plus 755Nm of torque, a hike of 49% over the outgoing model.

Zero to 100km/h is a claimed 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 316kmh. Fuel consumption has also been reduced by 15% at 10 litres/100km. The California T will also take 34 metres to pull up from 100kmh thanks to the latest generation carbon-ceramic brakes.

Aussies looking to get their hands on the Ferrari California T will have to wait until the end of the year before it will be seen on our roads.