The 2008 Ferrari California is the latest model in the new generation
of Ferraris. The California is intended to be a more versatile
grand touring sports car than most previous Ferraris, and will
be available exclusively as a convertible with a folding hard
Like all current Ferrari models both the chassis and body of
the California are formed from lightweight aluminium. However
the location of the V8 engine is a break from tradition. For
the first time in Ferrari's history the V8 powerplant is mounted
in a mid-front position.
The 4.3 litre V8 engine of the Ferrari California develops 460
horsepower @ 7,500 rpm, mated to a rear-mounted 7-speed dual
clutch transmission driving the rear wheels it allows the California
to hit 62 mph in under 4 seconds.
The Ferrari California is also equipped with Ferrari's F1-Trac
system which made its debut on the 599
GTB Fiorano and has been adapted to suit the typical driving
conditions expected for this GT car. Brembo brakes with carbon-ceramic
discs guarantee the speed can be reined in at any time.
Inside the Ferrari California new accessories and equipment,
such as the seats, steering wheel, instrument panel and infotainment system, together
with optimised aerodynamics
ensure that this is a highly ergonomic and desirable car to
drive regardless of whether the top is up or down.