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2009 Ferrari California Convertible Introduced!  
User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1696 times:

At roughly $200,000, the California hardtop-convertible is the least expensive Ferrari on the market

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2009 Ferrari California interior


"It sounds wonderful. This engine is a version of the V8 that powers the F430, but with slightly larger bore and a bit less stroke and the addition of a direct-injection system. The net result is about 30 hp fewer. And the full allotment of 460 hp arrives at 7,750 rpm."

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2009 Ferrari California sideview


The Ferrari 4.3-liter V8 makes 357 pound-feet of torque. The new dual-clutch transmission defaults to fully automatic mode with each restart of the engine.

"It is partly due to the transmission that the 3,800-pound California can catapult to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 4 seconds, according to Ferrari." The car also features a standard launch-control system, along with a 193-mph top speed. Panic stops take 111 feet from 62 mph.

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2009 Ferrari California rear quarter


The California comes with a control that "tailors the stability control, transmission programming and suspension action to driving conditions. In the California this means the choice of Comfort or Sport, plus a "CST Off" mode that disables the stability control."

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2009 Ferrari California front-quarter


With the hardtop up, there are 12 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Folded away, there are still a decent 8.5 cubes of emptiness tucked between the roof panels and the rear-mounted transaxle. The interior of the California looks terrific too.

Source: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do...=edmunds.il.home.photopanel..1.*#2


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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4682 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1659 times:

There's a spot in the garage for it next to my '08 335cic......... should I get one? We'll see....  Smile


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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1655 times:

The exterior looks like a very badly customized 1973 Corvette.

The interior is a mass of pointless shapes and mis-matched details, monochromatically executed in materials the approximate color of raw adobe clay.

All this for $200,000? No thanks.



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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3083 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

The gaps on the interior dash and other panels remind me of some sort of nasty GM product...

Although I am sure it is sexy, I could never convince myself to purchase such a vehicle. Even if I was Bill Gates. Really, the only thing it can out do any other car is in the name.

I do love the wheels though!



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User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1497 times:



Quoting JetsGo (Reply 3):
The gaps on the interior dash and other panels remind me of some sort of nasty GM product...

Perhaps more like a Chrysler product?  duck 

The rear styling of the California looks a little too "chunky" to me, but I guess the rear needs to be that tall in order for the hardtop roof to fold up into the rear compartment.



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User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3761 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1456 times:



Quoting TSS (Reply 2):
All this for $200,000? No thanks.

No kidding...

If I wanted something that looked like a Japanese sports cars inside and out, I'd pay the price of a Japanese sports car.

I'm sure it'll be a great car to drive, but being $60,000 more expensive than a Porsche 911 Turbo, I'd say that's a lot of money just for bragging about owning a car with a standing horse on it...



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User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1444 times:

Quoting StasisLAX (Thread starter):
"It sounds wonderful. This engine is a version of the V8 that powers the F430, but with slightly larger bore and a bit less stroke and the addition of a direct-injection system. The net result is about 30 hp fewer. And the full allotment of 460 hp arrives at 7,750 rpm."

I've seen the California already (a month ago) - and it didn't make a great impression for looks.

As a car to drive, all the reports suggest that it seems to be a magical, fantastic thing - it is fast beyond it's surprisingly modest (for a Ferrari) power/weight ratio. And in the handling stakes, it also seems to be right on par. But, it just looks too itsy-bitsy. It would have worked better as a Maserati - with Maserati styling cues. Surely they could have done better.

I don't like the sound of the California either - it's too soft and sedate. Where is the gurgling, lumpy idle - and that harsh, monotone V8 thrash! A Ferrari V8 should sound like a racing engine. For me, I love the 430 Scuderia just for the noise it makes.  

But, I'll give them credit - it's an everyday Ferrari for a price so much cheaper than the "other" everyday Ferrari, the costly 612 Scaglietti.

[Edited 2008-11-12 04:27:30]

User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1417 times:



Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 4):
The rear styling of the California looks a little too "chunky" to me, but I guess the rear needs to be that tall in order for the hardtop roof to fold up into the rear compartment.

Dare I say it looks like the now departed Qvale Mangusta from behind?  duck 

I understand the need for this car in the Ferrari lineup, targeting unashamedly the plutocrats in the US, China, and the Middle East who want a "Ferrari" badge on a luxurious Bentley. I think it will sell well and will bring profits to its maker, more than the 612 could ever garner.

I'd rather have a Bentley Continental GTC or Mercedes CL65 AMG for the luxury and a Ferrari F599 GTB as the Ferrari, and leave this butt-heavy California on the shelf.

Now if someone where to give it to me as a Christman present then perhaps my arm could be twisted...


User currently offlineSkyyKat From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

Quoting TSS (Reply 2):
All this for $200,000? No thanks.

That car lacks any class, but ferrari has always been about flash though. I do like the front engine models though, I have driven a few Ferraris and they are a blast to drive, I just dont understand the premium over other high end sports cars, like the 911 turbo, the Audi R8 and so forth.

How about this for half the price? And they sound soooo good... Like a racing inspired V-8 should  


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[Edited 2008-11-12 08:10:20]

User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1379 times:

I like the profile and front end, but the rear and interior is not for me. If i had the money, i'd opt for the Porsche 911 turbo.  smile 


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