Ferrari is set to announce their super-secret ’149M Project’ to the world on February 12.
The 149M Project, while still technically a secret, has been rumored for a quite a while as being a new turbo variant of the Ferrari California. The ’149′ in the project name also happens to be the original codename for the California project.
Looking back at Ferrari’s history, the M moniker was recently used to denote models like the 575M Maranello, which was an upgraded version of the 550 Maranello.
While Ferrari has been tight lipped regarding what engine the upgraded California will receive, rumors suggest that we may see a tuned version of the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 found in the Maserati Quattroporte. Compared to the 483 hp on offer in the current California, the engine from the Quattroporte would provide a significant boost in power even without tuning.
In terms of exterior design, expect a revised front/rear fascia that will bring the design closer in line with the likes of the F12 Berlinetta. Ferrari also has no plans to ditch the retractable hardtop found on the current California.
Ferrari will reveal the car publicly at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
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