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Thursday 14th June 2012

Ferrari-developed turbo V8 on the way...

...but California body is misleading - it could well be used in a Maserati first

The internetweb has been abuzz of late with video footage of a Ferrari California test mule lapping Fiorano to the accompaniment of the distinct rush of turbocharging. But this is not necessarily an indication that the next-gen California will get forced induction.

The key to the mystery, we hear, is the recent investment of 50 million euros by parent company Fiat in a new engine plant at Maranello to develop engines for the group's high-end models (for that, read Ferrari and Maserati).

Which means that, although the new motor under development is in the body of a California, it might well be heading for one of Maserati's two planned new saloons, the replacement for the Quattroporte and an all-new smaller model.

That's not to say that the turbocharged V8 won't find its way into the next California - it's something that 'may or may not happen' a Ferrari insider has told us. Our best bet at the moment? The new engine will go into a Maserati first, but will eventually filter into a California replacement. However, since Ferrari has only just given the California a significant facelift, that new car could be further away than some people imagine...


Author: Riggers

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