The Ferrari California 30

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Ferrari California 30 – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari California 30

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Ferrari California 30 – Technical Specifications

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Ferrari California 30 – Key Details

Ferrari California 30Detail
Launched: 2012
Engine: V8 – Front Engine
Power: 360 kW (490 CV) @ 7750 rpm
Torque: 505 Nm (372 lbft) @ 5000 rpm
Top Speed: 194 mph
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): 3.8 secs
Replaces: Ferrari California
Fiorano Lap time: TBC
Did you know: The California 30 is 30kg lighter that the original California, without impacting the structural rigidity, and improving performance.

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari California 30

FERRARI CALIFORNIA 30 – LIGHTER AND MORE POWERFUL THAN BEFORE

New for 2012, the Ferrari California 30 was more of a light refresh than a brand new model. Lighter and more powerful than the 2009 model, the new California still offered plenty of a solid array of new features to entice any entry-level Ferrari customer.

First and foremost among the updates are the enhancements given to the engine. All aluminium, the 4.3-litre V8 borrowed from the F430 engine produced out an impressive 30 horsepower bump over the original model’s 453 bhp. Torque output has been improved as well, with the new model seeing a 20 Nm increase, to 505 Nm. Put the hammer down and the California 30 will now reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in two ticks below 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. The next task Ferrari engineers tackled was reducing weight, something they accomplished by creating a new aluminium-alloy chassis. At 30 kg lighter than before, the new chassis managed to retain the same rigidity as the previous one. An optional Handling Speciale (HS) Package included the addition of quick-response magnetorheological dampers, stiffer springs, and a faster steering rack. 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 30 features a nifty retractable hardtop roof. Folded and stowed within 14 seconds, the convertible top even leaves room for luggage.

Regrettably, some of the early 30s suffered from incorrectly machined crankshafts, resulting in a recall of 200 models. Owners were given the choice of repairing the necessary components or actually having a brand-new engine installed by Ferrari. Nevertheless, the California 30 was a success, building upon the impressive base of the original Ferrari California. In 2014, the California T took over where the California 30 left off by offering even more power via a front-mounted turbo V8.

Ferrari California 30 – Photo Gallery

Photo Credits: Tom Hartley

Ferrari California 30 – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/h3.8 s
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speed194 mph / 312 km/h
Engine
TypeV8
Overall displacement4297 cm3
Max. power output*360 kW (490 CV) at 7750 rpm **
Max. torque*505 Nm (372 lbft) at 5000 rpm **
Dimensions & Weight
Length179.6 in (4562 mm)
Width75.1 in (1909 mm)
Height52.0 in (1322 mm)
Dry weight**3593 lb (1630 kg)
Fuel Consumption13.1 l/100 km
Co2 EmissionsTBC

Ferrari California 30 – Registry & Videos

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