The Ferrari California

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Ferrari California – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari California

Ferrari California – Photo Gallery

Ferrari California – Technical Specifications

Ferrari California – Registry & Videos

Ferrari California – Key Details

Ferrari CaliforniaDetail
Launched: 2008
Engine: V8
Power: 338 kW (460 CV) at 7750 rpm **
Torque: 485 Nm (49 kgm) at 5000 rpm **
Top Speed: 193 mph
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): 4 secs
Replaces: TBC
Fiorano Lap time: TBC
Did you know: TBC

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari California

FERRARI CALIFORNIA – FERRARI’S FIRST HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE

With a name harkening back to the magnificent 1966 V12 365 California, the Ferrari California seemed to promise big things when it stepped on the scene back in 2008. While the 60’s California was an attempt to attract new high-end buyers from the United States and elsewhere, the modern California had a similar but separate mission: bring in buyers who had never shopped for a Ferrari before, especially those of the female persuasion.

In a first for the Italian carmaker, the California uses a front-mounted V8. Borrowed from the F430, the 4.3-litre engine pumped out an impressive 453 bhp and 485 Nm of torque. Put the hammer down and the California will achieve 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 4 seconds – not bad for the entry-level Ferrari model. Of course, choosing the 7-speed dual clutch transmission over the 6-speed manual option will help you match those stated acceleration times. Optional magnetorheological shocks give drivers the option of cloud-like smoothness in Comfort, a balance of comfort and agility in Sport, or full-on track mode in the CST setting. The standard carbon ceramic brakes were a standout feature, as most competitors only offered these high-tech brakes as a costly option.

Optional 2+2 seating arrangement offers the ability to ferry around 3 of your closest friends, with “close” being the operative word here. With a back seat smaller than that of a 911, you can be sure you will be quite near to whoever folds themselves into the seat behind you. Should you pine for some added headroom in such a situation, the California offers another Ferrari first: a retractable hardtop roof. Folded and stowed within 14 seconds, the convertible top even leaves room for luggage.

The California received few negative comments when it debuted, but the main gripes centred on the vehicle’s bulging rear end, a necessity to fit the hardtop and leave room for cargo beneath. The only common complaint was the slightly numb steering feel. With a base price of around £150,000, the California was a success for Ferrari, with solid sales throughout its 5-year run, at which time the California T took over where the California left off.

Ferrari California – Photo Gallery

Photo Credits: RM Sotheby’s

Ferrari California – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/h4.0 s
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speed192 mph / 310 km/h
Engine
TypeV8
Overall displacement4297 cm3
Max. power output*338 kW (460 CV) at 7750 rpm **
Max. torque*485 Nm (49 kgm) at 5000 rpm **
Dimensions & Weight
Length4563 mm
Width1902 mm
Height1308 mm
Dry weight**1630 kg
Fuel Consumption13.1 l/100 km
Co2 EmissionsTBC

Ferrari California – Registry & Videos

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