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Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 Ferrari California T

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/1/2014 Conner Golden

When perusing Ferrari’s recent lineup, you could hardly accuse them of offering unattractive cars. Sure, they may all be designed in wind tunnels for maximum efficiency, but Ferraris from this generation have blended both form and function seamlessly into a gorgeous and aggressive profile. Think of the flying buttresses on the 599, the flexible grille inserts on the 458 Italia, and the hood intake cut-outs on the 458 Speciale. The California was the only Ferrari as of late that had something a bit “off” about its proportions. Maybe the rear-end was a little bit ungainly, maybe the front was too pinched. The car was still quite the stunner, and when Ferrari dropped the cover on an updated California T for the 2015 model year, the already attractive hard-top convertible became a little bit prettier.

For 2015, the Ferrari California receives the first turbocharged engine since the beloved F40 went out of production in 1992. To go along with this updated powerhouse, the California is reskinned, receiving a fresh face to back up the boost in power. Let’s take a look at some of the changes.

In the front, the previously pointy nose is cleaned up, with a wider and lower grille, shaping the front fascia into something closer to the range-topping F12 Berlinetta or FF. The lower and wider grille assists in tightening the car's lines, providing design cohesion not present on the previous generation. The headlights and the hood are revised as well. The headlights now appear more modern, while the hood loses the center intake scoop and adds two intake slices to compensate. From the side, changes are less apparent, but there are a few worth mentioning, including tweaked side slashes and louvers.

In the rear, things are looking much better than the previous California. There is still the subtle swelling of the lines as your eyes move from the front to the rear, due to the California hiding the folding hardtop where the trunk usually is, but as for the rest of the car, the lines are tighter and more cohesive. A rear-diffuser has been added, with a similar bladed design found on the 458 Italia and the F12 Berlinetta. The tailpipes are now side-by-side rather than stacked, contributing to the visual lowering of the car’s profile.

Inside, the changes are subtle. The dash has been redesigned, but still looks similar to the outgoing model. It now sports what Ferrari calls a “Turbo Performance Engineer,” a gauge which displays a wealth of information regarding performance, turbo boost, and turbo lag. The center tachometer has been mildly redesigned as well. A revised set of dials and controls is added to the left of the steering wheel, and the center infotainment system has received a major upgrade.

What do you think of the new California T compared to the older California? Is it Refreshing or Revolting? Let us know in the comments section below!

Last week, we took a look at the 2015 Toyota Sienna's subtle refresh. For the most part, readers fell into two camps; those who absolutely loved the changes, and those who think it’s a step backwards.

Raul was confused by the refresh. “Its refreshing and revolting at the same time. Good job Toyota. I think???”

Nick28 had stronger feelings about the Sienna. “Revolting! Looks like it's 10 years old!”

2015 Ferrari California T Front Three Quarters View© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ferrari California T Front Three Quarters View

Some commenters were pleased with the changes, like Madison(X), who commented, “Exterior is neither nor. Interior is refreshing though with a more Avalon like design. In SE trim this is the best looking van out right now.”

Bossman shared this sentiment, saying “Best looking minivian on the road hands down.”


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