There’s arguably no other car manufacturer so beholden to its motorsport connections than Ferrari.
And even a supercar maker these days isn’t immune to the need to respond to increasingly strict emissions regulations.
The result is this, the 2015 Ferrari California T. It’s a major makeover for the company’s entry-level car – and it’s that capital letter T that heralds the most significant change.
It stands for the first turbocharged Ferrari since the F40 more than 20 years ago.
The F40 used turbos purely for performance purposes.
The California T, however, is designed to ensure the brand can sell cars in key markets where buyers of inefficient cars are financially penalized. It also tightens Ferrari’s technological ties with Formula One and its move to forced induction engines.
So the previous 4.3-litre V8 is swapped out for a 3.9-litre V8 featuring double twin-scroll turbochargers.
Power and torque up are both up significantly… but fuel consumption improves by 15%, and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 20%
We’re pretty sure you don’t want us to bring you a test about how little fuel a V8-powered supercar can use. Instead, the big question is whether turbocharging spoils the purity of the Ferrari driving experience.
The roof section is the only exterior body section carried over. And that’s a good thing, because the old model's styling didn't look completely resolved where the new California’s design is more harmonious while making a stronger, sportier visual statement.
Another bonus is that the California costs $50,000 less than before. That’s still a price tag of $410,000, though, and of course you can still spend plenty on options - $140 grand’s worth on our test car. Choices, choices…