Named after a beautiful port town in Italy, the new hard-top convertible V8 GT will replace the Ferrari California T.
Ferrari California Review
Though the first Ferrari California was brought to India in 2009, the Italian luxury sports car maker officially entered the Indian market in May 2011. Popular models like the California, 458 Italia, 599GTB Fiorano and the FF were put on sale in the Indian market by the carmaker. The Ferrari California is a grand touring sports car that was first launched at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
The Ferrari California's design philosophy takes its inspiration from the 1957 250 California. The sleek aerodynamic styling is like the rest of the current Ferrari models while it comes with a host of signature Ferrari styling cues. The aerodynamically swept bonnet, the compact tail volume, the pulled-back cabin complete the silhouette of the car. The grille and slender air intake at the centre of the bonnet borrows traits from the 250 GT California. At the back, the muscular section gets single round LED taillights which are inset directly along the edge of the boot.
The car's signature feature is its retractable hard top (RHT). It is made from aluminium panels and has a cast aluminium weight-bearing structure which has reduced its overall weight enabling the entire opening or closing process in just 14 seconds.
Diamond-finish 19-inch five-spoke aluminium alloy wheels are offered as standard on the Ferrari California. However, prospective buyers can opt for diamond-finish 20-inch forged five-spoke alloy wheels that are 11kg lighter than the standard ones.
Knowing Ferrari, utmost attention has been given to the design and in-car comfort of the Ferrari California's cabin. The interiors boast of the same level of design sophistication reflecting the sense of refined luxury, quality and comfort. In between the front seats, the car gets a new aluminium-trimmed centre console. The car's magnesium-framed seats are electrically adjustable. The instrument panel comes with analogue instruments like tachometer and rev counter and features a four-screen TFT Multidisplay. The new infotainment system with 6.5-inch touch screen also gets satellite navigation, USB connection, Bluetooth, hard disc, voice commands and IPOD connector.
Being a convertible, the Ferrari California gets the ejectable roll-bar in case the vehicle rolls over. The system cannot be seen as it is installed behind the backrests of the rear seats and is hidden by the trim of the same. This system ejects the roll-bar in about 190ms.
The standard safety equipment includes front retractable airbags (driver and passenger sides) and side retractable air bags in door panels. New generation adaptive headlights known as AFS (Advanced Frontlighting System) that offer improved visibility on the road are also available on request.
The California is powered by the 4.3-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine producing 483bhp and 500Nm of torque. This mill comes mated to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. The car can do a top speed of 310 kmph and sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.8 seconds.
The Ferrari California revives the "California" name used for the late-1950s Ferrari 250 GT and appeals to the Ferrari fans and enthusiasts in India. It competes with the Aston Martin DB9 Volante and the Audi R8 Spyder.
Ferrari California Colours
California is available/sold in the following colours in India.
Blu Tour De France
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