The new California from Ferrari offers a 7 speed transmission that is build for performance coupled with a V-8 motor that make a perfect marriage of power and smooth acceleration. This model offers a retractable hardtop that makes it a great cruising vehicle for those that love to go with the top down.
This model has much of the Maranello design from the inside out and offers all the high end performance that you would expect to find in a Ferrari. The V-8 may be a smaller motor than found in most other Ferraris but it still manages to produce a worthy 454 horsepower from a 4.3 engine. This motor and transmission are all about torque and the put you back in your seat acceleration. This may not have the highest top speed of any Ferrari model, but when you are taking off from the starting line, there will be no disappointments.
The name of the car actually suits the vehicle very well. It would in fact be a great car to cruise the coast of California in. There are an amazing amount of colors and other customizations available on this and all other Ferraris.
Engine: 4.3L V-8
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
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
- Blazing speed
- Fluid ride
- Thrilling handling
- Dropping the roof on the perfect afternoon
You Won't Like
- Over-inflated styling
- A mega hit to your checkbook
If you like the looks, you'll love the drive
If You Like This Vehicle
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