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Ferrari California

The Ferrari California was launched in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show. The car is considered the most outsourced car in the history of Ferrari. Ferrari's Japanese designer Pininfarina developed the car with assistance from Magna-Steyr, Ferrari's contract manufacturer in Austria.

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Ferrari California Origins

Prior to its launch in Paris, the Ferrari California had special previews on the internet and two shows in Los Angeles and Maranello. The make and design of the car draws inspiration from the 1957 Ferrari 250 California.

About the Ferrari California

The Ferrari California provides an option for drivers to customize the car to meet their requirements. Users can customize the exterior color, interior features and materials, racing and track accessories and equipment, and travel extras. The Ferrari California comes available in 16 metallic and pastel colors. Another important feature of the car is its instrument box with analog instruments. It also has a four-screen multi TFT display. The infotainment system consists of an iPod connector, Bluetooth, hard disk, USB connection, and 6.5-inch touchscreen.

The Ferrari California boasts a newly designed, mid-front mounted V-8 engine with direct injection. It retains the signature Ferrari architecture of 90 degrees between cylinder banks and 180 degrees between cranks. This brand new V-8 engine delivers 460 bhp at 7750 rpm and a maximum torque of 357 lb-ft at 5000 rpm. The car can reach 62 mph in less than 4 seconds and a top speed of 192 mph.

Apart from the well-designed engine, the Ferrari California also boasts an all-aluminum frame and chassis. Different aluminum technologies have been combined for the car to give the Ferrari California exceptional versatility, drivability, and onboard comfort. The car features a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission with F1-style paddles mounted on the steering wheel.

Ferrari California Features

The California is Ferrari's most innovative car to date. It satisfies the needs of every customer with its extreme versatility and driving pleasure. The car has a retractable hardtop with either a conventional two-seater or a 2+2 design. The aluminum fabrication of the vehicle substantially reduces its weight.

The Ferrari California is known for its "flexible" nature, thanks to its numerous features. The most important features of the car include the retractable roof, front V-8 engine application, twin-clutch transmission and multi-link rear suspension. The design of the car is clean and crisp. However, at the same time, the exterior of the Ferrari California is often considered less convincing and attractive than other Ferrari models. It flaunts a tall decked tail and smoked-lens rear light. That said the Ferrari California has an extremely elegant interior. The seats of the car are electronically adjustable. The dual-clutch transmission provides ideal performance and a smooth ride. One gear is dedicated to even numbers and the other to odd numbers. The body shell and the chassis of the Ferrari California are made of pure aluminum, which provides even greater versatility and drivability. The Ferrari California also offers ample luggage space and can easily accommodate two roller suitcases or golf bags.

Ferrari California Evolution

The 2008 Ferrari California comes with diamond-finish, 19-inch, five-spoke, aluminum alloy wheels. Also available are a set of diamond-finish, 20-inch, five-spoke, forged alloy wheels that are 11 kg lighter than the 19-inch wheels. The diamond finish gives the wheels a refined look. The car also offers 12 interior leather colors to choose from. Customers can opt for a rear parking camera as well. The trunk capacity of the car is 340 liters with the top up, and 240 liters with the top down. The car generates 460 CV at 7500 rpm with a torque curve.

The Ferrari California layout is mid/front-engine, rear-drive. The slide-away rooftop is very well integrated with the lower body of the car. The car has a 4.3-liter V-8 engine with twin overhead cams. The major change in the 2010 Ferrari California model is to the cylinder heads. The new version has redesigned cylinder heads, valve train, and intake system. The 2010 Ferrari California also has a Launch Control button to improve the standing-start acceleration. There is enough space between the front seats to store small luggage items. The multi-link rear suspension system of the Ferrari California suits various driving conditions. Customers can experiment with various parts of the car, and virtual configuration tools are also available at Ferrari showrooms.

The Ferrari California 2011 model is unique, as it also comes with a back-up camera and navigation system. The front seats of the Ferrari California adjust electronically and are very comfortable. One major disadvantage of the Ferrari California is the lack of space in the back. Back seat passenger accommodations lack, as the rear seats are very small. However, the car provides ample cargo space as compensation. Despite this, the excellent suspension of the Ferrari California makes the car comfortable for daily use.

Select a Ferrari California Year

2012 Ferrari California

Convertible, Sports

No major enhancements reported for 2012.

2010 Ferrari California

Convertible, Sports

Brand-new for the 2010 model year, Ferrari’s first-ever folding-hardtop convertible perhaps isn’t the most striking design in the Maranello stable, but there’s no denying the driving delights the California provides. From its screaming front-mounted V-8 to its near-perfect dual-clutch 7-speed to its gorgeous, comforts-filled cabin, the California is nothing short of supercar bliss --alfresco style.

2009 Ferrari California

Convertible, Sports

If there is one kind of car Ferrari knows, it’s the convertible.

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