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Ferrari California

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Ferrari California
Manufacturer Ferrari
Parent company Fiat Group
Production 2009+
Length 4563mm
Width 1902mm
Height 1308mm
Weight 1630kg
Fuel capacity 78L
Wheelbase 2670mm
Class Grand tourer
Body style 2-door, 4-seat Convertible
Layout Front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine 4297cc 90° V8
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual
manual 6-speed
Designer Pininfarina (exterior)
Bertone (interior)

The Ferrari California is a grand touring sports car that was launched by Ferrari at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It is a two door "2+2" hard top convertible. The California is powered by front-mid mounted gasoline direct injection 4.3L V8, sending a claimed 338kW to the rear wheels. The car revives the "California" name used for the late-1950s Ferrari 250 GT.


The California represents a number of firsts for Ferrari:

According to some sources originally started as a concept for a new Maserati, the resulting expense to produce the car needed the Ferrari badge to justify the ideal return on the investment. The California represents a new, fourth model range for the company.


The California will be built in a new production line adjacent to the existing factory at Maranello. The existing production line produces 27 cars per day, or 6,000 per annum. Ferrari plans to produce 5,000 Californias in the first two years of production, there by increasing Ferrari production by 50% with introduction of the model. The model, according to many motoring magazines, is sold out until 2012.


The California has a top speed of 310km/h and it can accelerate from zero to 100km/h under 4 seconds. Although 285kg heavier and 30PS less powerful than the mid-engined Ferrari F430, the California reaches 60mi/h in the same time as the F430 thanks to the dual-clutch transmission.


Ferrari spent over 1,000 hours in the wind tunnel with a one-third-scale model of the California perfecting its aerodynamics. With the top up, the California has a drag coefficient of 0.32, making it the most aerodynamic Ferrari ever made.

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