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New Ferrari California Revealed


14th May, 2008

2009 Ferrari California

Ferrari has revealed the California, its all new model that will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October before arriving in Australia and New Zealand in the middle of 2009, joining the new generation of Ferrari models that started with the 612 Scaglietti and which was added to most recently with the 430 Scuderia.

The Ferrari California joins the Ferrari’s eight-cylinder range. It also flanks the flagship 612 Scaglietti in the prestige Grand Tourer segment.

The new Ferrari California will satisfy even the most demanding of owners in terms of its superb vehicle dynamics and driving pleasure. The new model will only be available as a convertible with a folding hard top. Both chassis and bodywork are aluminium. The California will be powered by an all 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 bhp 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 (approximately 310 g/km CO2, which still puts it amongst the highest polluters in the world). 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 drivingconditions expected for this new GT. Brembo brakes featuring carbon-ceramic material discs 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 drivers 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 unveiled to the public at the 2008 Paris Motor Show in France, later this year.

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