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Ferrari pays tribute to one its greatest sports creations, the 1957 250 California, with the release of a new California. The exceptionally crafted machine is completely kitted out with innovative features, and yes, along with its signature feature, a retractable hard top.
The Ferrari California’s aerodynamic features are meticulously designed to complement its styling properties to minimise the vehicle’s Cx (drag coefficient) for optimal vehicle dynamics. The rear diffuser and spoiler blend seamlessly to the bumper, achieving the perfect balance between vertical load and drag. The superior aerodynamic silhouette of the California also reduces fuel consumption while the vents on the hood effectively cool the engine compartment.
The Ferrari California is the first mid-fronted mounted V8 engine in the history of Ferrari street models. Built completely from aluminium and true to the Ferrari’s architecture, the motor is designed with a 90 degree angle between two cylinder banks and a 180 degrees angle between the cranks.
The Ferrari California kept its traditional double wishbone suspension for the front while the rear is equipped with multilink system. The suspension promises exceptional ride comfort without compromising the car's nimble handling. The SCM Magnetorheological Suspension Control System, debuted on the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, is also available on request.
Retractable Hard Top
The Ferrari California's signature feature has to be its Retractable Hard Top (RHT). Constructed from aluminium panels and cast aluminium weight-bearing structure that greatly reduces its overall weight and the moving masses involved. The entire opening/closing cycle is completed in just 14 seconds, and owing to the original stowage system, the California's boot space remains extremely generous regardless of whether it is up or down.
The GT Manettino and F1-Trac
The Manettino has become one of the classic features of the entire range as well as its position on the steering wheel which is clearly derived from our Formula 1 experience. The Manettino integrates the gearbox, stability and traction control systems, (CST and F1-Trac) and the SCM suspension system. The available settings are: COMFORT, SPORT and CST-OFF - this setting gives the driver complete freedom and control of the car. There is no electronic intervention whatsoever apart from ABS.
Interior and standard equipment
The lavished interior of the vehicle offers exceptional comfort standard by offering two configurations:
1. Two-seater plus rear bench equipped to take two roller suitcases or two golf bags.
2. 2+ configuration that sees the rear bench sporting two seats, with Isofix attachment points, and two seat belts.
In both version, the rear backrest folds down to allow the storage of longer items such as golf bags or skis. The boot capacity is also impressively generous: 340 litres with the top up and 240 with the top down.
A new electrically adjustable, magnesium-framed seat was also designed for the California. Another new feature is the instrument panel with analogue instruments (tachometer and rev counter) and four-screen TFT Multi-display. The Ferrari California also boasts a new infotainment system with 6.5'' touchscreen, Sat Nav, USB connection, Bluetooth, hard disc, voice commands and IPOD connector.
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