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Video: Ferrari California turbo prototype spotted

A Ferrari California turbo prototype has been spotted on Ferrari’s Fiorano home test track. It’s unclear if the powertrain will be used for an upcoming production model.

Sometimes car companies simply test out new powertrain systems using an existing platform/body. In this case, Ferrari seems to be exploring new options using a California as foundation.

Ferrari hasn’t used turbocharging on one of its production engines since the epic Ferrari F40 of the late 1980s/early 1990s. This prototype certainly provides some evidence that the Italian maker is considering returning down that track.

You can hear a distinct turbo whistle in the video, while the exhaust gives off a muffled, bass sound typical of a turbocharged engine.

It’s unknown if the engine is a V8 or a V6, but it could potentially be development of the new engine family reportedly in the making for Maserati.

Click play on the video below (courtesy of Marchettino) for a bit of a preview.

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.