In stock form, the engine used in a new Ferrari California roadster cranks out a solid 453 horsepower -- more than adequate for most owners. That said, if you’re lusting for more power from an open top Ferrari and didn’t manage to grab an SA Aperta, Novitec Rosso’s Race 606 California may be your ride.
The Race 606 California derives its name from what lurks inside the engine bay. The German tuning firm took the stock direct-injection 4.3-liter V-8, and fitted it with a supercharger, a water-to-air intake manifold, and larger fuel injector. As a result, the blown engine cranks out an impressive 606 horsepower (153 ponies more than stock), and is reportedly capable of rocketing the convertible from 0-62 mph in under 3.8 seconds -- an improvement of two-tenths of a second.
In order to let that supercharged V-8 breathe, Novitec engineered a bespoke stainless steel exhaust system, which also sports butterfly valves that bypass the mufflers. The valves are electronic and tied to the Manettino controller, which allows them to be bypassed with performance driving modes are selected.
In typical Novitec fashion, the German tuner also saw fit to toss in some cosmetic upgrades. A new carbon fiber front lip spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser, and decklid spoiler not only lend the California an aggressive look, but also reportedly aid aerodynamics. Those concerned with weight will be happy to know that Novitec not only adds three-piece carbon-fiber wheels (measuring 21 inches in front and 22 inches in back), but also replaced the stock retractable hardtop with one fabricated from the same composite material.
The Race 606 package doesn’t include any interior modifications, but customers can have Novitec reupholster and restyle the cabin’s materials to their wishes. No pricing information on the conversion has been announced, but it’s safe to surmise that the Race 606 conversion will be as costly as it is powerful.