Ferrari California

The Ferrari California is a car model of the Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari. The coupé -cabriolet lined with aluminum folding roof vehicle oriented with name and design elements on the 1957-1962 built Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California. Like the 250 and the California was designed by Pininfarina. The Ferrari California is however not driven by a V12, but by a V8 engine.


The Ferrari California was presented on 2 October 2008 at the Paris Motor Show. He was first presented in trip three days later by Michael Schumacher to Ferrari Racing Days 2008 at the Nürburgring. The delivery of the Ferraris produced in a new assembly hall in Maranello began in January 2009.

Since model year 2012, the California has officially announced the name California 30 Where the number is 30 for 30 more horsepower and 30 pound less. With this facelift, the V8 of California 30 now delivers 490 hp and 505 Nm. The top speed was increased to 312 km / h and reduces the acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h 3.8 s. In addition, a " Handling Speciale package " is offered for the California 30. For optional Handling Speciale package include new electronically controlled dampers, a stiffer suspension, and a more direct ratio steering. Another new special feature is the so-called " HELE system," which stands for "High Emotion Low Emissions " and the CO2 emissions of vehicles of 299 g / km to 270 g / km lower.

2012 143 Ferrari California were registered in Germany, according to the Federal Motor Vehicle Office, of which 86 vehicles by commercial holder.

On February 12, 2014 it was announced the facelift "California T" present at the Geneva Motor Show. The California T should, in addition to visual changes, a 3.8-liter V8 own turbo engine with 560 hp and 755 Nm.


The design is based on the other Ferrari models and has both similarities to the Ferrari F430 and the 612 Scaglietti on. Here, for example, remind the obliquely superposed dual exhaust pipes on the Lexus IS -F. In addition to the deck, large parts of the body are made of aluminum in order to reduce weight and fuel consumption.


The direct-injection engine of the 2 2- seater is a 4.3- liter V8 with flat -plane crankshaft, which is designed as a front-engine, but is referred to as a front- mid engine because of the behind and not over the front axle motor. It delivers 338 kW ( 460 hp) at 7750 min -1, the car accelerates standard by double-clutch transmission with seven stages and the traction control F1 -Trac from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.9 seconds and delivers a top speed of 310 km / h The maximum torque is 485 Nm at 5000 min -1. For the first time in a Ferrari doing a V8 engine is installed in the front - this type of drive was previously reserved for the twelve cylinders. For better weight distribution, the transmission is, however, still mounted on the newly developed multi-link rear axle according transaxle design. The consumption will amount to 13.1 liters of premium petrol per 100 kilometers, with CO2 emissions of 306 g / km.

With the roof open, the boot capacity is 240 liters, which increases to 340 liters when the folding roof of Webasto is closed within 15 seconds. Also unique in a Ferrari is direct access between the trunk and rear seats.

Facilities include standard in California Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and the F1 -Trac system used in the Ferrari 599 GTB also for better traction. For an additional charge adaptive, so-called Magna ride shock absorbers are also available. Inside, both the seats and valves, as well as the infotainment system to differentiate from the other Ferrari series


The Ferrari California ( model 2008; 460 hp ), with its performance at the level of a Ferrari F430. The car magazine Sport Auto measured on the Nordschleife lap time of 7:56 min. Significantly sportier oriented vehicles such as the Jaguar XKR -S ( 8:03 min) or the Maserati MC Stradale ( 8:14 min) are significantly slower.



  • Return of the Ferrari California as a 2 2- seater convertible, auto news online edition of May 13, 2008
  • Ferrari California: Quite something nice, Spiegel Online, issue of May 13, 2008
  • Stephan Bähnisch: Ferrari California - Revolution under the hood, auto image online edition of May 13, 2008
  • Door to: First pictures of the closed Ferrari California Auto News Online. Edition of 29 May 2008