The Ferrari California is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car, powered by a 3.9L turbocharged V8 that makes 553 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque. The unit is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that offers seamless and lightning-fast shifts.
The California is built on an aluminum space-frame chassis, which helps keep weight down; the gearbox is also mounted at the rear, which provides an excellent weight distribution that biases 53 percent to the rear. Acceleration numbers are excellent, with 0?-60 mph achievable in well under four seconds, while top speed is just a few mph short of 200.
The suspension can be upgraded to magnetorheological shocks that improve ride quality while preserving quick handling response. An additional Handling Speciale package adds quicker steering, a stiffer suspension, and a sportier calibration for those magnetic shocks. In either case, the California has a race-tuned double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear setup, with speed-sensitive hydraulic power steering, as well as vented ceramic disc brakes on all four wheels. A mechanical limited-slip differential helps deliver power more predictably out of corners.
The California is designated a 2+2, meaning that it also features two small rear seats-- seats so small they're probably best used as additional storage space. The California avoids many of the noise and weather disadvantages inherent to a soft-top roadster, due to its tight-fitting retractable hardtop setup. The system includes pop-up roll bar system, and there's a wind-blocker that mounts in place for high-speed cruising.
Standard equipment on the California includes auto-leveling projector-beam headlamps, rear fog lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system, keyless entry, power windows, a full floor console with storage, a leather headliner and leather and aluminum trim. The rear seatbacks are split 50/50 and fold forward to expand cargo space -- a handy feature for weekend trips.
Other options include adaptive front lighting, a backup camera system, iPod integration, carbon-fiber racing seats, full power seats, cruise control and special heat-reflective leather upholstery. You can also opt for a set of matching leather luggage. Ferrari's Tailor Made program allows the buyer to personalize every styling and performance detail.
Stunning, Classic Sports-car Profile
Legendary Ferrari V8 Sound And Performance
Refined Top-down Experience
Surprisingly Practical Interior
Following some tweaks last year, the 2016 Ferrari California carries over largely unchanged.
The California is the entry-level model in the Ferrari lineup, and to some degree it breaks with Ferrari tradition in offering a V8 mounted ahead of the passenger compartment. Best compared to convertible versions of the Porsche 911 Turbo, Audi R8 and Aston Martin V8, the California remains in a different class because of the exclusivity (and requisite waiting lists) that are attached to Ferrari ownership. Although there are likely to be gawkers everywhere you go, this is also one of the most practical Ferraris, offering decent ride comfort and long-distance cruising capability, as well as a cleverly designed retractable hardtop and, perhaps, just enough cargo space for a weekend trip.
Engine: 3.9L Twin-Turbo V8 w/Direct Injection
Transmission: 7-Speed Dual Clutch Manual
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode, Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls and Oil Cooler
4.44 Axle Ratio
Engine Oil Cooler
100-Amp/Hr 850CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
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