Believe it or not, the California is a Ferrari model, but don't feel bad for wondering if it is a Ferrari or not. This is the very first Ferrari to host a V-8 front-mounted engine. The engine hosts direct injection and it is coupled with a 7-speed gearbox; both of which are a first for Ferrari. It's also the very first Ferrari to sport the hardtop which is retractable too.This car definitely has purebred roots; the California is emblematic of a novel direction for the Italian car maker, but is based upon the Maranello. The inclusion of direct injection and the the F430-based 4.3 L V-8 engine lends to the 14 addition ft-lbs of torque. The horsepower drops to 454 hp however. The paddle-shift gearbox has a total of seven speeds and the car has an exceptional dual clutch unit. This car has many firsts including Ferrari's launch-control system which generates an astonishing off-the-line vehicle acceleration as well.You get the pleasure of open-air driving, high performance, and power, making this vehicle yet another impressive addition in the Ferrari line.
- Bodystyle: Convertible
- Engine: 4.3L V-8
- Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
- Model: California
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.
Okay, we don't love it. While the California is by no means unattractive, it's not the most innovative or memorable of Ferrari's recent designs. For sure, the best angle on this one is from the driver's seat.
While the exterior is a bit of a letdown, the cockpit more than compensates --thanks to an abundance of goodies (including standard navigation), luscious tailoring, and fabulous seats. Oh, and you simply can't beat unlimited headroom.
Performance & Handling
Ferrari may call the California a "gran turismo," but after a few minutes behind the wheel you'll be thinking "supercar." How does 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds sound? Actually, with that twin-cam V-8 howling to 8000 rpm right in front of you, it sounds simply sizzling. Also on board are standard ceramic brakes and a chassis as sticky as it is smooth.
The expected protective measures are all in place, including dual front and side airbags and standard stability and traction-control systems. Also, those amazing ceramic binders can stop the car from 60 mph in just 100 feet.
EPA Fuel Economy
- 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway