|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.