hp @ 7750 rpm
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(from Ferrari Press
Release) The Ferrari California is an exceptionally
innovative car whose philosophy takes its inspiration from the
spirit and emotions of one of the great Ferraris of the past, the
1957 250 California, a superbly elegant open top car designed for
the track, which has, over the years, come to symbolise not only
superior sportiness and performance but also exclusivity,
craftsmanship and faultless sophistication.
This new car joins Ferrari's 8-cylinder range which is made up
mostly of very high performance models. It also flanks the
12-cylinder flagship 612 Scaglietti in the Grand Tourer category.
The Ferrari California is a car with the track in its DNA. It is
enormously innovative and will more than fulfi l the expectations of
even our most discerning clients, offering breathtaking driving
pleasure and fun behind the wheel as well as extreme versatility of
use and in-car comfort. It is available exclusively as a convertible
with retractable folding hard top in either a two-seater version
with a traditional rear bench or in the 2+ version which sees the
rear bench equipped with seating for one to two passengers.
In line with Ferrari tradition, this model positively brims with
innovative features. In addition to its retractable hard top and the
aforementioned original 2+ concept, the new Prancing Horse car also
offers: a new direct injection V8 engine, a 7-speed gearbox with
steering wheel-mounted F1-style paddles coupled with a new dual
clutch, a new suspension system (double wishbones at the front and
multilink at the rear), the new evolved F1-Trac traction control
system and Brembo brakes with CCM (carbon ceramic material) discs as
standard (this latter feature is shared by the other models in the
The California's sleek
aerodynamic styling is, like the rest of the current Ferrari models,
the result of our longstanding collaboration with Pininfarina and
offers a host of signature Ferrari styling cues. Viewed from the
side, the aerodynamic sweep of the bonnet beautifully contrasts with
the compact tail volume and the pulled-back cabin. The front
continues some of the themes hinted at on the fl anks, harmoniously
alternating concave and convex volumes. Seen head-on, the car
clearly takes it much of its inspiration from the prestigious
Prancing Horse car from which it takes its name: the grille and
slender air intake at the centre of the bonnet most notably harking
back to the 250 GT California. At the rear, the sides and the
muscular tail section are both familiar too. As at the front, the
single round LED taillights are inset directly along the edge of the
boot. The California's vertically stacked twin tailpipes are an
original flourish as is the boot which sweeps right down to the
bumpers to improve functionality. Of course, the interior also
reflects the same level of design sophistication, exuding a sense of
refined luxury, comfort and bespoke quality. Situated between the
front seats, the new aluminium-trimmed centre console is another
distinctive touch that goes beyond the merely aesthetic, beautifully
combining functionality and design.
The Ferrari California's
aerodynamics were, of course, developed in tandem with its styling.
This allowed Ferrari to keep the Cx (drag coeffi cient) right down
with respect to the downforce required for optimal vehicle dynamics.
In the coupé confi guration, the California has a Cx value of 0.32.
A desire to achieve perfect balance between vertical load and drag
infl uenced the shape of the rear diffuser and the spoiler
incorporated into the front bumper. Drag has been cut to 10% lower
than on the other Ferrari models which not only makes the California
a more aerodynamically effi cient car but also reduces fuel
consumption. Last but not least, the air intake on the bonnet
ensures highly effi cient cooling of the engine compartment.
The new 8-cylinder engine
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 specific 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 g\km (ECE
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
Gearbox and transmission
The Ferrari California
sports a new dual clutch gearbox (7-speed + reverse) with the now
traditional steering wheel-mounted F1-style paddles. This is an
innovative system that guarantees a superb combination of
performance and ride comfort. With the dual clutch, one clutch is
used for even-numbered gears and the other for odd-numbered ones,
and allows the pre-selection of the next gear required.The gears are
changed by overlapping the opening and closing stage of both
clutches, resulting in gearshifting times that are close to zero and
with no "torque interrupt". The result is not only enhanced
performance but truly thrilling driving pleasure. The traditional
transaxle layout (engine to the front and gearbox to the rear) also
contributes to the California's perfect weight distribution (47%
front - 53% rear) and to reducing vibration to the bodyshell. In
manual mode, the new gearbox guarantees great sporty driving
pleasure while extra comfort is assured in automatic.
Chassis and suspensions
The Ferrari California's
chassis and bodyshell are both made entirely from aluminium. Thanks
to the use of different aluminium technologies (extrusions and shell
casts), the car's exceptional versatility, onboard comfort and
driveability has not added to chassis weight or to the dimensions of
the structural sections - something that simply would not be the
case had traditional steel architecture and technologies been used.
Furthermore, static rigidity (torsional and fl exional) has been
improved with respect to average fi gures for a Spider to ensure
exceptional handling in any kind of road conditions and to guarantee
GT-standard comfort both with the top up and down.
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
Retractable Hard Top
Of course the Ferrari
California's signature feature has to be its retractable hard top (RHT).
It is made from aluminium panels and has a cast aluminium
weight-bearing structure which has reduced its overall weight and
the moving masses involved. The entire opening/closing cycle is
completed in just 14 seconds and thanks 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 now
become one of the classic features of our entire range as has 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
The settings are as
COMFORT: maximum safety
in all conditions, particularly ideal for low grip situations (wet
or slippery road surface). Best everyday driving setting.
SPORT: maximum performance and stability in perfect grip situations.
Recommended for sporty, high performance driving.
CST-OFF: this setting gives the driver complete freedom and control
of the car. There is no electronic intervention whatsoever apart
The Ferrari California also sports the F1-Trac traction control
system which can very accurately read grip, assuring the very best
can be made of the car's potential at any time.
The F1-Trac system guarantees:
-- Maximum grip
coming out of corners
-- Stability in all driving conditions
-- Superb driveability and handling in extreme situations
-- Consistent performance
-- Exceptional ride comfort.
In fact, the F1-Trac
offers a 20% improvement in acceleration coming out of corners with
respect to a traditional traction and control systems.
The Ferrari California
boasts an ejectable roll-bar to ensure that its occupants are
protected should the car overturn. The system is installed behind
the backrests of the rear seats and is hidden by the trim of the
same. Ejection time is under 190ms. The onboard safety equipment is
completed by front retractable airbags (driver and passenger sides),
side retractable air bags in door panels, bi-xenon headlights and
LED rear lights. New generation adaptive headlights, known as AFS
(Advanced Frontlighting System), are also available on request, and
offer improved visibility on the road. The headlamp beam angles are
automatically adjusted in line with steering, angle, speed and
lateral acceleration, offering a wider area of illumination when
Interior and standard equipment
Particular attention has
been lavished on the design and in-car comfort standard of the
California's cabin. The new Ferrari is available in a choice of two
1. Two-seater plus rear bench equipped to take two roller suitcases
or two golf bags.
2. 2+ confi guration that sees the rear bench sporting two seats,
Isofi x attachment points, and two seat belts.
In both version, the rear backrest folds down to allow the stowage
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
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 Multidisplay. 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.
Scaglietti Programme allows all Ferrari clients to personalise their
car to suit their own tastes and requirements. There are four main
areas covered by the Programme: Racing and Track, Exteriors and
Colours, Interior and Materials, Equipment and Travel. The Ferrari
California comes with diamond-fi nish 19" 5-spoke aluminium alloy
wheels as standard. However, a further set of diamond-fi nish 20"
forged 5-spoke alloy wheel that are 11 kg lighter than those offered
as standard can also be ordered. The aforementioned diamond-fi nish
gives the wheels an extra-high polish look.
The California is available in a choice of 16 different pastel and
metallic colours. However clients also have the option of ordering
the new Azzurro California shade created especially for the car's
In addition to the usual range of 12 leather colours available to
choose from for the interior trim too, we've just added two new
colours: Cioccolato and Iroko. A new racing seat with all-carbon-fi
bre frame and electrically adjustable backrest is also now
In addition to the already impressive list of features offered as
standard with the new California, owners can also choose to have a
rear parking camera fi tted or order the luggage set designed
specifi cally to make the very most of the rear bench space, an
option available in addition to the traditional three-piece leather
set coloured to match the interior trim, of course.
Samples of the various materials and virtual confi guration tools
will also be available to clients at every Ferrari showroom to help
them make their choices too. They may also request outof- range
colours and content to really ensure their Ferrari California is
FERRARI CALIFORNIA TECHNICAL
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
Length 4563 mm
Width 1902 mm
Height 1308 mm
Wheelbase 2670 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 capacity 340 l
240 (with roof retracted)
Front 245/40 ZR19"
Rear 285/40 ZR19"
Front (optional) 245/35 ZR20"
Rear (optional) 285/35 ZR20""
Front 390 x 34 mm
Rear 360 x 32 mm
ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEMS
CST with F1-TRAC
Stability and Traction Control System
TPTMS Tyre Pressure and Temperature
90° V8 Direct
Bore and stroke 94 x 77.37 cc
Overall displacement 4297 cc
Compression ratio 12.2:1
Maximum power output 338 kW (460 CV) at 7750 rpm
Maximum torque 485 Nm (49 kgm) at 5000 rpm
Maximum speed 310
0-100 km/h under 4.0 sec
0-400 m 12.2 sec
0-1.000 m 22.1 sec
7-speed plus reverse
Manual 6-speed + REV
ECE Combined* 13.1
ECE Combined* 305.6 g/km