The Ferrari California T just took a huge leap up the performance spectrum — with custom-developed engine, exhaust, suspension, interior and aero mods just launched by Novitec Rosso.
The biggest draw for many will be the plug-and-play ECU modules to release an extra 86 horsepower and a meatier, lower torque peak for the brand-new 3.8-liter V8TT engine up front. Performance goes from great to gigantic — with the Novitec Cali T able to hit 62-mph in just 3.3-seconds before hitting a much-higher top speed of 201-mph.
The N-TRONIC modules are nice because they can be shipped anywhere in days and installed right in your driveway, while being completely reversible as needed.
But the extra boost is only a part of the desirability equation. The Novitec exhaust options are four systems to make this turbo V8 bellow like no factory Ferrari. It is an interesting blatt — as you can hear in the video below — that is less shrill and metallic of a sound at idle. The Novitec Cali T emits a deep bellow down low from those giant quad pipes in matte black.
We haven’t heard the Novitec Cali Turbo as it approaches its redline on full throttle, but are confident that the fantastic Maranello harmonics will be dramatically amped up by Novitec mods.
Styling upgrades start with numerous suspension and wheel choices, and are capped by carbon-fiber design elements to up the visual intensity of the new California T.
Overall, the mods for the California T take this convertible coupe dramatically closer to the F12 on all counts, yet with far more wind in your hair and sun on your face!
Ferrari California T by NOVITEC ROSSO
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NOVITEC ROSSO tuning for the new Ferrari California T
An extra 63.3 kW / 86 hp, 323 km/h and sporty accessories
Engine tuning to deliver an additional 63.3 kW / 86 hp that give the two-seat car a top speed of 323 km/h, and a wide range of sporty options for the bodywork, suspension and interior: NOVITEC ROSSO, the leading global refinement specialist for the sports cars from Maranello, now also offers tuning for the new Ferrari California T.
The new 3.8-liter eight-cylinder twin-turbo engine provides the perfect starting point for powerful tuning. The NOVITEC ROSSO engine technicians developed a new performance kit for the California T that unleashes the hidden reserves of this engine without compromising its durability. Extensive series of tests were conducted to develop special mapping for the two NOVITEC ROSSO N-TRONIC plug-and-play modules, which are adapted to the electronic engine management system of the vehicle.
As a result, the tuned V8 develops an impressive 475 kW / 646 hp at a low 7,400 rpm and produces its peak torque of 856 Nm at a low 4,600 rpm – 101 Nm more than the stock engine! Performance on the road benefits accordingly: the tuned two-seater sprints to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds. Top speed jumps to 323 km/h.
On the road, the NOVITEC ROSSO power upgrade not only delivers better performance, but also even more instantaneous throttle response and even more in-gear pulling power.
As the perfect complement to the engine tuning, NOVITEC ROSSO sells various versions of precisely calibrated stainless-steel high-performance exhaust systems for the new Ferrari California T. The version offering sound management by means of actively controlled butterfly valve is available with the NOVITEC ROSSO SWITCHTRONIC feature, which allows regulating the sound between subtly quiet and powerfully sporty by radio remote from inside the cockpit.
In addition to more power, NOVITEC ROSSO of course also offers refinement options for the bodywork, suspension and cockpit. The appearance of the two-seater is upgraded with a sporty-elegant aerodynamic-enhancement kit, which is optionally available with a clear-coated carbon-fiber finish. The shape of the NOVITEC ROSSO front spoiler was optimized in the wind tunnel and lends the front-engine sports car an even more dynamic profile. What’s more: its sophisticated design also reduces lift on the front axle, which in turn optimizes directional stability at high speeds.
Tailor-made inserts for the two air intakes in the hood also lend the California T a further sharpened profile, as do the gill-shaped covers for the side air outlets in the front fenders and the clear-coated carbon-fiber covers for the two exterior mirrors. In addition, there is also a carbon-fiber radiator grille.
The sides of the sports car receive some added dynamic lines with the NOVITEC ROSSO rocker panels and side flaps. These aerodynamic-enhancement components also improve the airflow between the front and rear wheel arches. NOVITEC ROSSO offers a clear-coated carbon-fiber roof skin for the folding hardtop of the California T.
NOVITEC ROSSO offers full-blooded motor racing looks with the rear diffuser and the clear-coated carbon-fiber diffuser fins as well. The NOVITEC ROSSO rear spoiler lip upgrades the rear appearance and minimizes lift on the rear axle. A carbon-fiber rear trim panel as well as clear-coated carbon-fiber covers for the tail lamps round out the sporty looks for the Ferrari California T.
The NOVITEC ROSSO staggered alloys with diameters of 21 inches at the front and 22 inches at the rear look stunning and enhance the driving dynamics even further. In sizes 9Jx21 at the front and 12Jx22 on the rear axle, the one-piece and especially lightweight NF4 high-tech forged wheels with five double spokes put even more emphasis on the wedge shape of the sports car. Technology partner Pirelli supplies high-performance tires specifically tailored to this vehicle. They are mounted on the front axle in size 255/30 ZR 21. Tires of size 315/25 ZR 22 at the rear provide optimal grip.
The NOVITEC ROSSO sports springs, which lower the ride height of the Ferrari by about 35 millimeters, were designed specifically for this tire/wheel combination. In addition, the suspension specialists developed a feature that makes the California T even better suited for everyday use. The hydraulic front lift system makes it possible to raise the front end by 40 millimeters from inside the cockpit. As a result, entrance ramps of underground parking garages or speed humps are easier to navigate. By slightly pressing the button, or automatically upon reaching a speed of 80 km/h, the front end reverts to its original position.
The personal requests of every owner of a Ferrari California T with regard to the interior can also be made reality. Exclusive NOVITEC ROSSO interior appointments crafted from the finest leather and Alcantara captivate with their perfect craftsmanship and the multitude of available upholstery colors and patterns.
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