An average weekday can be instantly improved with news of a new Ferrari. So allow us to upgrade your Wednesday with this, the California T. The T, you’ll have guessed, stands for turbo. Which means this is the first road-going Ferrari since the F40 to get forced induction. In a year when F1 turns to turbos, this is perhaps not as surprising as it once may have been. Which means that before talk of horsepower and whatnot, we should first point out the emissions, which – after all – is why even supercar makers are relying on turbos nowadays. And so here’s an exotic convertible with a proper V8 that sneaks out 250g/km of CO2 (based on Ferrari’s own cycle, rather than the one used by other carmakers). That’s about 15 per cent less than its naturally-aspirated predecessor.
But enough. This is a Ferrari. One with a new twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 with a very healthy 552bhp and 556lb ft of torque. That’s a jump of 62bhp over the last version of the California, while torque is up by a whopping 50 per cent. Zero to 62mph is now handled in 3.6 seconds, which trims 0.2 seconds off the old car’s time. You can thank the turbos for much of this.