Ferrari has said some of its buyers initially weren’t too pleased with the exhaust note of the turbocharged Ferrari California T and 488 GTB, which are quieter than the high-revving, naturally aspirated cars from the brand many of them are used to.
Speaking to Drive.com.au, Ferrari product marketing manager Matteo Turconi said the quieter exhaust note, and the reason for its presence, had to be explained to some customers who initially were less than impressed with its sound.
“In the beginning when we launched the car it was a problem for some customers,” Turconi. said.”We had to explain well what we did because a customer used to the typical Ferrari atmospheric [non-turbo] engine and maybe, not new customer but having already owned a V12, for example, it is not immediate the passage between an atmospheric V12 to a turbo V8.”
Ferrari has made strides in tuning the exhaust of its turbocharged cars to deliver the sound expected of a car with a Prancing Horse on the nose. The new Handling Speciale package for the California T includes a new muffler with Helmholtz resonator to tune the sound across a range of frequencies. This not only makes the car louder, but also more refined.
“We have this secret formula to mix all the orders and obtain a typical Ferrari sound so what we are proud of is in the California T you can recognize it is a Ferrari, with the typical Ferrari sound,” Turconi said.
Because more turbocharged cars are in Ferrari’s future, including an expected six-cylinder Dino, it would reasonable to assume the company will continue to attempt to improve the exhaust notes of its turbocharged engines to meet the needs of customers. The Helmholtz resonator and other innovations may be more widespread in Ferraris going forward, especially as emissions regulations continue to tighten.