Leaked patent sketches have surfaced online and appear to show what looks like a bizarre hybridisation of Ferrari FF and F12berlinetta on a two-seater CC body shell. Could this be the next-generation Ferrari California?
Profile aspect overlays of the patent sketches appear to adhere fairly accurately to the California. Furthermore, what look like California-based test mules have recently been spotted at the Fiorano test track in Italy.
The patents show FF-based frontal styling with a vented bonnet and a purposeful-looking tail with a quad-exhaust arrangement housed in a sizeable diffuser.
Another school of thought is that the patents could potentially relate to a one-off FF coupe model for a well-heeled customer, in a similar vein to the SP12 EC commissioned by Eric Clapton.
The next-generation California will reportedly feature the twin-turbo 3,8-litre V8 engine from the Maserati Quattroporte. This unit develops 390 kW and 710 N.m, which is impressive in itself, but it’s likely that the Modena-based firm will wring more power out of the engine for this particular application.
The new California could emerge before the end of 2014.