Ferrari California Review & Ratings
- 11 April 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Ferrari California is a grand touring a sports car that is manufactured by the Italian carmaker Ferrari. This vehicle has a 2-door hard top convertible body and used a front-mid mounted gasoline direct injection 4.3 liter V8 engine when it was first launched. This vehicle was first introduced to the public in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show. The California began as a concept for a new Maserati but the production expenses were too high, which is why the Fiat Group decided to brand it with the Ferrari name in an effort to justify the high cost.
The California is the first vehicle from Ferrari to have a front-engine mounted V8 engine as well as the first to have a folding roof, a multi-link rear suspension, and direct petrol injection. Bosch produced the direct injection system that this vehicle uses and displaces a total of 4,297 cubic centimeters or 262.2” and delivers 338 Kw or 453 bhp at 7,750 rpm. The maximum torque for this vehicle is 485 N m or 358 pound-feet of torque. The displacement for this engine is the highest for a naturally aspirated engine and various other carmakers have used either a supercharger or turbocharger to achieve the same speeds.
The 2010 model California has a top speed of 310 km/h or 193 mph and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h or 62 mph in under four seconds. While it is true that this model is 180 kilograms or 397 pounds heavier as well as 30 horsepower less powerful than the F430, it was able to reach 60 mph in the same amount of time because of its dual-clutch transmission. Ferrari spent a total of 1,000 hours in the wind tunnel with a 1/3 scale model of this vehicle to get the aerodynamics just right. When the California’s top is up, it has a drag coefficient of 0.32, which makes it the most aerodynamic vehicle to ever bear the Ferrari name.
This vehicle is built in a new production line across from the Maranello factory and the existing one turns out a total of 27 vehicles per day or 6,000 each year. In this vehicle’s production history, only two of them have ever been built with a manual transmission, one of which went to the UK. The California received a significant update in 2012 with many things changed from the 2009 model, including the body weight which was reduced by 30 kg or 66 lbs as well as a power output increase of 30 PS or 30 horsepower. The 0-100 km/h acceleration time for this new model reduced to just 3.8 seconds.
The Ferrari California was recalled in May of 2012 because the engine sometimes froze suddenly and had the potential to even cause a crash. The F136 engines had crankshafts which were not machines correctly and as a result the company issues a recall on all of these models. Those who owned these vehicles had the option of getting a new engine installed in their vehicle by the dealer or having the engine removed and worked on by Ferrari North America or even getting a new crankshaft and bearings installed at a local dealership.
The Ferrari California T is an updated version of the previous model and features a number of new things, including new sheetmetal as well as a new interior design, a new turbocharged powertrain, and a revised chassis. This vehicle was first introduced to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in February of 2012. The “T” in this vehicle name stands for “Turbo”, a technology that Ferrari used on the F40.