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Video: 2014 Ferrari California turbo spied at Fiorano

Ferrari has been spotted testing a prototype version of what is believed to be a 2014 Ferrari California. The car, which gives off a distinct twin-turbo soundtrack, was testing on Ferrari’s Fiorano test track.

In a move which could help Ferrari reduce its overall emissions, turbochargers seem like they a starting to take over. Ferrari recently built a new range of twin-turbo V6 and V8 engines for Maserati. A spin-off of some kind is expected to power this upcoming California.

The engine could be based on the new 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8, which produces 390kW and 710Nm in the Quattroporte (arriving in Australia late-2013). The current California offers 338kW and 485Nm.

Despite an expected power boost, the new California is likely to be significantly more fuel efficient even if the 3.8-litre unit isn’t adopted. The current model uses an average of 13.1L/100km, while, in the more powerful Quattroporte at least, efficiency is rated at 11.8L/100km.

Judging by this prototype, spotted by Marchettino YouTube channel, the new model looks like it will come with a facelifted front end, potentially incorporating new air venting for an intercooler and some more modern headlight designs.

A full unveiling is expected to take place at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next March, before hitting the markets later that year. Click play below for a bit of a taste.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.