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Sending a message that reinforces Ferrari's commitment that all of its vehicles will kick serious butt, the Italian automaker has treated its under-appreciated California model to an exceptional mid-cycle refresh.

Up front, the hardtop convertible's naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V8 has been bumped up to 490 horsepower, thanks to a tweaked ECU and a new exhaust manifold. The new power goes hand-in-hand with an updated aluminum-intensive chassis which is nearly 70 pounds lighter than last year's model thanks to "cutting-edge aluminium fabrication techniques and construction technologies." According to the automaker, the 0-60 sprint has dropped to just 3.8 seconds.

Other enhancements include a new optional Handling Speciale package with lightning-fast Magnetorheological dampers, stiffer springs and a quicker steering ratio. Lastly, Ferrari is offering owners a more extensive choice of colors, including two-tone finishes like the one seen here, to increase exclusive personalization (yeah, because that's why we were all holding off on our purchases!). Be sure to check out our live gallery from the Geneva Motor Show floor, a detailed press release after the jump and a couple official images from the automaker below.Continue reading 2013 Ferrari California loses weight and gains power to command more respect

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