Ferrari

An overhauled Ferrari California will make its way to the Geneva motor show next month and it will feature a turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 that now develops 552bhp and an almighty 755Nm torque – 250Nm more than the previous naturally aspirated unit.

Ferrari fans will also welcome the fact that the exterior curves and contours have been reworked to appear sleeker and more attractive, bringing the California more in line with the rest of the model range.

The new engine is the real talking point, though, as it boosts performance figures to a point that will worry Ferrari 458 owners. The twin-turbos can now rocket the Cali from 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 196mph.

Compare that to some of the California's natural rivals and the Ferrari can walk away with its head held high. The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante can only manage a 4.6 second dash, a Bentley Continental V8 GTC manages 4.7 seconds and even the enormous V12 Mercedes SL65 AMG can just about rustle up 4.0-seconds.

Ferrari also claims that the new turbocharging system cuts fuel consumption to 29.6mpg and emissions are down to 250g/km CO2 on the combined cycle. Frugality has not replaced a true Ferrari driving experience, as the engineers at Maranello have ensured it sounds like a true Italian exotic.

Not much has changed inside bar a new 6.5-inch touchscreen display that controls everything from navigation to the radio and a cool 'Turbo Performance Engineer' display that allows the driver to fiddle with engine settings.

Expect to pay around £150,000 for the new California when the order books open in March.