Review Ferrari California
A new era of Ferrari convertibles has arrived, as the latest addition of the Italian brand to its range has landed in Australia.
Bearing a sticker of $ 472,000, it will not be a segment volume leader but it will launch a dual-clutch engine, a V8 engine that injects gasoline directly between and in front.
Last sold in the mid-1960s, the California nameplate has recently returned to the title again when a car once owned by James Coburn was auctioned off for a record race later.
The new version of the convertible Ferrari has a hard metal roof that folds into the boot after 14 seconds. It takes less time to reach a sprint speed of up to 100km / h and return to a standstill state, with more than a few seconds on standby. 100km / h is achieved in four blistering seconds.
California is an attack on the senses more than its GT pigeonhole suggests. Ferrari is putting it in the same sales column as the 612 Scaglietti, with 430 and 599 models boasting more core sports information.
With a 338kW / 485Nm direct-injection variable valve that emits a sound that deserves a racing car, California looks outstanding without being as beautiful as its predecessors. Gearchanges are lightning fast, smoother, and accompanied by a bark from the engine, which also cracks when speeding.
The bite is directly correlated with the bark, with the complete acceleration of the speed regulator in a short time, giving the corners on which the weight distribution is 53% behind / 47% front of the vehicle. .
California may weigh 1735kg before the occupant is added, but it drives like a much lighter machine, providing ample entertainment on and off the curve, if not providing plenty of feedback.
The cabin is a bit blacker for some space but the leather seats are comfortable and firm; Most switches have a solid feel, even though a window switch is turned off but never repeats the offense once it is repositioned.
There’s a smaller headroom than ideal, but there’s enough room for two adults in the front and their pockets in the small backseat. Four smaller residents can take a short trip, but the latter are not treated with space.
Ferrari has about 200 orders for the car and that could turn over 18 months if you’re planning to win the Oz Lotto jackpot – if your number comes out, it will be well worth the wait.
Price: from $ 472,000.
Engine: 4.3-liter 32-valve V8.
Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, rear-wheel drive.
Capacity: 338kW @ 7750rpm.
Torque: 485Nm @ 5000rpm.
Performance: 0-100km / h under 4 seconds, 0-400 m 12.2 seconds, 0-1000 m 22.1 seconds, Top speed 310km / h (dominant).
Fuel consumption: 13.1 liters / 100km, fuel tank 78 liters.
Emissions: 305g / km.
Suspension: double wishbone (front); independent multi-link (rear); Optional magnetic suspension suspension.
Brakes: Ventilated and cross-drilled carbon ceramic four-disc, with anti-lock and stability control system.
Dimensions: length 4563mm, width 1902mm, height 1308mm, wheelbase 2670mm, track fr / rr 1630 / 1605mm, cargo volume 340 / 240liter, weight 1735kg.
Wheels: 19in alloy (20in option).
In its class:
Mercedes-Benz SL600, from $ 404,413.
Aston Martin DBS Volante, $ 527,100.
Lamborghini Gallardo, from $ 515,000.
Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, from $ 386,800.