Review Ferrari California V8
It rained heavily when the flight landed in Sydney. On any given day it would be a no problem, and very easy to get wet, but this is not an ordinary day. This is a day. A Ferrari California is waiting. Now or never.
The organization of the one-day race in an outstanding Italian convertible took months and for weeks I wondered how the new Ferrari convertible would feel and how it would pile up the cars. Other fast and dangerous vehicles I drove in 2009 included Nissan GT-R and Lexus LFA. And it’s raining now …
California has been around for a while in Australia, famous for a 23 km / h race near Perth, its car crashed and its motorbike driver was severely punished and lost his job.
But its popularity means there is a long waiting list in 2011, despite having a sum of $ 472,000 before road or insurance costs. Or any additional content from Carozzeria Scaglietti Personalization, you can adjust a Ferrari to look hotter or even faster. The reasons for the popularity are clear as the Ferrari badge and folding hardtop on the cabin two plus two.
California achieved a lot for the first time for Ferrari and its owners, from installing a mid-front V8 engine to the company’s first dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox, multi-link rear suspension and complete engine. all new with a capacity of 338 kiloWatts and torque of 485 Newton-meters. It is also fitted as standard with carbon-ceramic brakes and cream-like leather has become a mark for the brand.
The body designed by Pininfarina, like a lot of Ferraris, and the folding roof – made from aluminum, just like the rest of the body – will do its job in just 14 seconds.
California is officially a big tourer, which means Ferrari has insisted on easy and luxurious driving. That explains a gearbox could be a light and easy car, as well as a complete backseat space with child seats and even a satnav.
The GT Focus also explains the name, which exploits the capable home for many cars and is also a Ferrari from the 1950s. An original California once owned by actor James Coburn was sold with cost 11 million dollars in 2009.
But the dash is still dominated by a yellow tachometer that reads up to 9000 revs and Ferrari’s Manettino and F1-Trac systems are also fitted. Manettino allows the driver to choose the reaction of the vehicle, right to track the map and F1-Trac ensures maximum traction in all conditions.
When I first saw California’s crimson, its peak popped up, smiles were turned off, taxis were everywhere and – just to make things really delicious – a bus attack had creating chaos in Sydney when I rolled off the Mascot to make a first impression.
So how does it feel? The first two kilometers are fantastic and the car is incredible, lavishly beautiful, nicely furnished and very, very easy to drive. California is really quiet and relaxing. There is even a cruise control and digital speedo.
That is not what I expected but it is not a bad thing. In the past, Ferrari was a name that evoked memories of grumpy engines, competitive handling and quality … good, sometimes as good as an old Fiat.
California is different. And that must be good. Everything works and works well, it has a look and a cracked V8 note that can only come from a Ferrari. The boot grabbed my luggage relatively easily, and I noticed the children’s anchors in the rear buckets were bent.
I was stable as we rattled out of Sydney’s suburbs and some of my favorite driving paths. It was still humid outside, but I came down from there and there was a soft breeze or a creak, and spots of water ran straight through my head.
So now it’s time to get serious with this Ferrari. When I first pursued the red line, the car made a sound of sprints and explosions including the V8 screech, the screeching sound for every lift triggered by the oars, and a deep bass note as it came out. the next device. This is a great piece of music and the scenery rushes towards me. It’s still wet, but I can believe that Ferrari’s claim of 0 – 100km / h sprint in less than four seconds. But I have no intention of trying the top speed of 310 …
When I spend more time in California, I become more confused. It’s a Ferrari, but not the way I know about them. It’s relatively smooth ride, the engine is calm and refined, and the seats are comfortable and the controls are easy to use. Ok, this boot heats up my luggage thanks to the exhaust pipes and it saves fuel at about 16L / 100km, but that’s the little things.
So I found a few corners. Now California shows it is designed for California. It has extreme power and brakes, but it’s not as sharp or responsive as the other Ferraris I’ve driven. Push too hard and the nose runs wide, but the latest electronics mean the tail never gets stressed despite being wet. It also sits down a lot at the tail, improving traction but cutting response from the nose.
Then it hit me. California is half of Ferrari’s dual-action deal, slipping in front of a new 458 Italia to ensure the company has something for everyone. Yes, everyone on a budget of $ 500,000. Droptop is a softer vehicle, built for travel and relaxation. The 458 is designed to meet the demand for speed.
So California is a dream machine for Ferrari. A 10 winner out of 10 sensational people? Not for me. It was delicious and special, but I couldn’t help but think it was a hairdresser’s car – an Italian Celica supercar.
This is worrying, and not only because of the reaction I know will come from Ferrari, but I also know it’s just the kind of Ferrari the world has long wanted.
California satisfies the snobbery badge and does it the way – by Ferrari standards, anyway – as efficient as a Toyota. It’s a car you can lend to anyone without having to worry that it will upset them. That makes California a clear winner. And a Ferrari for everyday use, not just Sunday morning sprints.