It also flanks the flagship 612 Scaglietti in the prestige sporty Grand Tourer segment.
The new Ferrari California will satisfy even the most demanding of owners in term of its superb vehicle dynamics and driving pleasure. The new model will be available exclusively as a convertible with a folding hard top.
Both chassis and bodywork are aluminium, in line with the rest of the current range. The California will be powered by a new V8 engine mounted for the first time in the marque's history in the mid-front position.
In line with Ferrari tradition, the new model also features several innovations. Apart from its folding hard top, these include the original 2+ concept which guarantees exceptional versatility of use in the rear of the car. The California's 4,300 cc V8 engine features direct fuel injection and a "flat" crankshaft. It generates 460 CV at 7,500 rpm with a torque curve that enhances vehicle dynamics and provides maximum driving pleasure which is typical for Ferrari.
As per the traditional Ferrari transaxle layout, the engine, which allows the Ferrari California to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4.0 seconds, will be coupled to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission that boosts the car's performance while enhancing the driving pleasure, improves ride comfort and reduces fuel consumption and emissions (c.310 g/km CO2). The comfort is further enhanced by a new multilink rear suspension system. The Ferrari California is also equipped with the exclusive F1-Trac traction control system which made its debut on the 599 GTB Fiorano and has been further honed to suit the typical driving conditions expected for this new GT. Brembo brakes featuring carbon-ceramic material disks as standard guarantee superbly efficient braking.
In addition to sporting the marque's classic styling cues, the cabin has also been beautifully trimmed using quality materials by Ferrari's own skilled artisans. 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 enjoyable car to drive regardless of whether the top is up or down.
The Ferrari California is aimed at owners who desire a car which embodies everything the Prancing Horse represents in terms of sporty design and innovation, but also seek a car with greater versatility than ever. The car will be officially unveiled to the public at the Paris International Car Show. However, over the coming weeks, new photographs and further details about it will also be published.
When designing the Ferrari California, Pininfarina opted for a classic, sculpted chassis, with a long bonnet and the passenger area slightly weighted towards the rear.
Unveil the Ferrari California
Getting onboard one immediately notices the high quality of its materials, together with the traditional skills of the craftsmen who have selected the finest leather to cover the dash, the interior and the seats with couture precision.
The seats can be adjusted in every conceivable way to give any driver exactly the right position.
The back-rest structure is in magnesium, designed to achieve the maximum in comfort and ergonomics while reducing weight at the same time.
The new infotainment system, with its 6.5-inch touch-screen display and its intuitive controls, offers maximum functionality and ease of use.
The designers of the Ferrari California started out with a precise and ambitious objective: to create a GT with no limitations to its use. Perfect for sports driving but also suitable for long journeys and trips to town. For work or for pleasure. A car 4.56 metres long, with the space to comfortably seat a driver or passenger which represent more than the 99 percentile of the population's stature, and making possible the novel 2+ configuration with a large useable space behind the rear seats. The car allows, on request, a rear seating area with two seats and Isofix attachments, indicated for hosting two children.
Alternatively, one can request a bench with the space for storing two travel trolleys or two light golf bags. In both versions there is, for the first time in a Ferrari, a fold-down rear seat-back, allowing the California to be used in different situations by linking the cockpit with the spacious 340-litre boot, which becomes 240 litres with the roof down.
When folded down, the hard-top takes up only 100 of the 340 litres in the luggage compartment, thus saving plenty of storage capacity. A wide opening of the luggage compartment level with the bottom simplifies the various operations. The large amount of space available allows two large and two small suitcases to be accommodated or, with the seat back folded down, golf bags, skis, or snowboards.
The Ferrari California is ideal for those looking for a highly exclusive sports car, that consider driving enjoyment a value to pursue on every occasion: a weekend out of town, a long journey, shopping in the city, or simply getting to the office.
The rear baggage space has a capacity which is unique for a convertible of this type.
The boot, for the first time, connects directly to the rear bench or seats via the folding seat-back.
Ferrari once again turned to its historical partner Pininfarina for the design of the California. The result was muscular, flowing, sculpted lines where considerable attention was paid to ensuring perfect proportions and harmoniously balanced volumes with the roof up or down.
Work on defining the styling was undertaken in close collaboration with Ferrari's own in-house Styling Centre, and great emphasis was placed on characterizing the design and function of every individual detail to confer an immediate and lasting sense of quality and bespoke craftsmanship.
The sides are characterised by a strong dynamic line rising to the level of the door handle, to create a powerful and muscular outline of the rear wheel arch, in line with the car's character.
The waist is high, while convex and concave surfaces follow each other with pleasing fluidity.
The nose, which takes up the characteristics of the side and rear lines, has the teardrop lighting cluster and the slatted radiator grill typical of Ferrari. The slender air intake vent on the bonnet and the side air vents both echo distinctive features of the 1957 Ferrari California 250.
Cutting-edge aluminium fabrication techniques and construction technologies used by the Scaglietti Centre of Excellence in the manufacture of the California’s chassis, have also led to an overall reduction of 30 kg in the car’s weight without impinging in any way on its structural rigidity or performance.
THE RETRACTABLE HARD TOP (RHT) IS UNIQUE IN TERMS OF ITS MOVEMENT, OPENING/CLOSING SPEED, STOWAGE METHOD AND MATERIALS USED.Read more
This RHT differs from others in that several movements take place simultaneously rather than sequentially, thus optimising the length of time it takes to complete the entire opening/closing cycle. In fact, both cover and folded roof move simultaneously for a total cycle time of a few seconds.
The two sections fold neatly onto each other's concave side, which leaves much more space available for the boot, a total of 240 litres, in fact.
This stowage system is so efficient that even when the top is down, two pieces of luggage can still fit in the boot.
The roll-bar is a passive safety feature designed to protect occupants should the car roll over.
The system is installed behind the backrest of the rear seats and is hidden by the rear backrest trim so it is normally not visible.
The safety control unit will detect if the car begins to roll over and deploys the roll-bar in a breathtakingly fast 190 ms.
This is the first V8 in the history of Ferrari road-cars to be mid-front mounted.
Built entirely from aluminium, it retains the typical Ferrari architecture with a 90° angle between the two cylinder banks and a 180° angle between the cranks.
The engine has a total displacement of 4,300 cc and a maximum power output of 460 hp/338 kW at 7,750 rpm. With a specifi c power of 107 hp/litre, its maximum torque is 485 Nm (49 kgm) at 5,000 rpm, 75% of which is available at just 2,250 rpm. The Ferrari California takes less than 4 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h and delivers a blistering 310 km/h top speed.
The new V8 features direct fuel injection and variable timing (on both intake and exhaust) to guarantee superb performance, exceptional handling and fuel consumption and emissions that easily comply with the toughest Euro 5 and Lev2 standards. Thanks in part to these solutions, the Ferrari California consumes just 13.1 litres/100 km (ECE combined) and has carbon emissions of 305.6 gkm (ECE combined).
The California’s engine sound was also carefully developed as this is one of the great Ferrari signatures and really does contribute to enhancing driving pleasure. Particular attention was lavished on sound perception in the cabin both with the top up and down to ensure that trademark thrill without compromising on occupant acoustic comfort.
THE FERRARI CALIFORNIA IS EQUIPPED WITH THE EXCLUSIVE TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED ON THE 599 GTB FIORANO AND SUBSEQUENTLY ADOPTED ON THE 430 SCUDERIA
The system, further optimised to best fit the characteristics of the new GT, is the result of the experience built up over the years in the racing world.
It allows even less experienced drivers to get the most out of the car's potential in terms of performance on bends, safety and stability.
The multilink system improves longitudinal fl exibility of the suspension, keeping transverse rigidity values high.
The Ferrari California retains the traditional double wishbone suspension to the front while a new multilink system has been specially developed for the rear.
The multilink system improves longitudinal fl exibility of the suspension, keeping transverse rigidity values high. What this means in practice is that the car beautifully absorbs any unevenness, and noise and vibration are effi ciently damped for exceptional ride comfort well on a par with the car’s nimble handling.
The SCM Magnetorheological Suspension Control System, debuted on the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, is also available on request.
The new dual clutch transmission (DCT) increases driving comfort and performance under sporty driving conditions.
at 7750 rpm
|Overall length||4563 mm|
|Overall width||1902 mm|
|Front track||1630 mm|
|Rear track||1605 mm|
|Dry weight||1630 kg|
|Kerb weight||1735 kg|
|Weight distribution||47% Front - 53% Rear|
|Fuel tank capacity||78 l|
|Boot (trunk) capacity||340 l - 240 roof closed|
|Type||90° V8 with direct fuel injection|
|Bore/stroke||94 x 77,4 cc|
|Overall displacement||4297 cc|
|Maximum power**||338 kW (460 CV) at 7750 rpm **|
|Maximum torque||485 Nm (49 kgm) at 5000 rpm **|
|Maximum speed||310 km/h|
|0-100 km/h||4.0 s|
|0-400 m||12.2 s|
|0-1.000 m||22.1 s|
|Front||390 x 34 mm|
|Rear||360 x 32 mm|
|CST with F1-Trac system||Control for stability and traction|
|TPTMS||Tyres Pressure and Temperature Monitoring System|
|Combined (ECE+EUDC)*||13.1 l/100 km|
|Combined (ECE+EUDC)*||305.6 g/km|
|Front (option)||245/35 ZR20"|
|Rear (option)||285/35 ZR20"|