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Ferrari has given its California an update for 2012, with the changes all but mechanical in nature – improvements include an 30 hp increase in power and a reduction in weight, by 30 kg. The car is set to premiere in Geneva next month.

The increase in power brings the 4.3 litre GDI V8’s output to 490 hp, the gains achieved through new exhaust manifolds and engine mapping. Torque is up as well, from 485 Nm previously to 505 Nm at 5,000 rpm.

As for losing the pounds, new aluminium fabrication techniques and construction technologies have taken 30 kg off the car without impinging in any way on its structural rigidity and performance, the company says.

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All this is good enough to up the performance, shaving two-tenths of a second off the vehicle’s 0-100 km/h time to 3.8 seconds. Elsewhere, the company has also developed an optional Handling Speciale package for the California, with modifications to the suspension set-up to minimise body roll. The package includes Magnetorheological dampers controlled by an even faster ECU (-50% response time) as well as stiffer springs for more precise body control.

The HS package also reworks the steering to make the California even more responsive to driver input – a new steering box, with a 10% quicker steering ratio, offers the car faster turn-in with smaller steering wheel angles.

The 2012 California also gets a more extensive choice of colours, and the palette include two-tone finishes, three-layer paint technology and modern re-interpretations of classic Ferrari colour schemes.