StasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3316 posts, RR: 7 Posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2124 times:
At roughly $200,000, the California hardtop-convertible is the least expensive Ferrari on the market
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."
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.
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."
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.
Cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4966 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1872 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.
Charles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1338 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1845 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?
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...
SkyyKat From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1830 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