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Reprising the hallowed California name originally applied to 250 GT California Spyder and the 365 California, the 2+2 hardtop convertible Ferrari California broke cover at the 2008 Paris Motor Show and ushered in a number of firsts at Ferrari. The very first production car from Ferrari to feature a folding metal roof design, the California also took pride of place as the first front-engine Ferrari powered by a V-8 engine and the inaugural Ferrari model equipped with a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Manual-shifting capability ensured an engaging driving experience to match the California’s obvious beauty.
Clothed in sculpted bodywork designed by renowned Ferrari coach building partner Pininfarina, the California’s long-hood, short-deck proportions and sleek design made it the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari model ever produced. Using a scale model, the California’s aerodynamics were perfected during over 1,000 hours of wind-tunnel testing, resulting in a drag coefficient of just 0.32 with the hard top raised. Raised rear haunches, front-fender air vents, and a bold egg-crate-style grille provided visual homage to the original Spyders, while the two-element, power-operated roof and stacked exhaust outlets give the new California a fresh visual signature. The California’s chassis was the product of extensive development and testing by another longstanding Ferrari collaborator, Scaglietti, with design hallmarks including exceptional strength and rigidity, lightness, and innovative manufacturing and materials.
While certainly beautiful, the California delivered true ‘Supercar’ performance on all levels, with the first-series 2009-early 2012 models capable of accelerating from rest to 62 mph 100 km/h in less than four seconds en route to a 193-mph top end. While weighing 397 pounds more and packing 30 fewer horsepower than the mid-engine F430, the California matched the two-seater’s 0-to-60 mph time by virtue of its dual-clutch gearbox Power output from the 4.3-liter, DOHC 32-valve V-8 – featuring Ferrari’s first application of direct fuel injection – was rated at 453 bhp at 7,750 RPM and its 106-bhp per liter of engine displacement ranks among the highest specific-output figures today.
Suspension development included Ferrari’s first application of a rear multi-link system. On February 15, 2012, a number of improvements and updates were announced; among the changes, the California’s weight was reduced by 66 pounds 30 kilograms, further unlocking performance, while revised ECU mapping new pistons, and redesigned exhaust manifolds upped engine output by 30 horsepower and 11 pounds-feet of torque respectively. As found on the other models in the Ferrari model range, the California is equipped with race-bred ceramic brake discs as standard equipment, which improve in their effectiveness and pedal feel as temperatures increase with use on the road. As confirmed by the multitude of published road tests, the California delivers impressively short stopping distances in both wet and dry conditions, as well as under hard use at the track. Standard 19-inch wheels are available in a number of styles, and optional brake-caliper colors include aluminum, red or yellow at extra cost. In 2013, the HS or Handling Speciale appearance and suspension package was introduced. Rated by the testers at the UK’s respected magazine Autocar as …seriously competent and capable, the California seamlessly blends immense style with the stunning performance that only Ferrari can deliver.