A new market is something very brave for a car manufacturer to explore. Venturing into the unknown results in an awful lot of cost and all that cash is gambled on the new product being a success. Ferrari bet big on the California a few years ago now and the return has been very much to their liking. The Italians first front engined V8, metal roofed convertible gets a few new tricks for 2012.
For starters the Italian stallion now packs an extra 30 ponies under the bonnet, bringing the grand total to 490BHP, thanks to new exhaust manifolds and revised engine maps. The V8 can also churn out 372lb-ft of torque and combined with that power it can cover the 0-62MPH benchmark in 3.8 seconds. The increased use of aluminium means the 2012 California is also 30KG lighter than its forefather. There will also be a HGTE handling pack offered as an option.