Ferrari California up close

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In an unveiling befit of a championship racer the Coral Gables based car dealership, The Collection, to show off the latest offering from Maranello. President and CEO of the super car dealership Ken Gorin was all smiles just moments before ordering his men in black to pull back the covers on the 2009 Ferrari California .

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Ferrari California up close

The Italian sports car comes with a front-midship mounted 4.3 liter V8, the same power plant found in the F-430 and changes gears thanks to a 7 speed paddle shifted transaxle.

Ferrari California up close

The exterior of the California is stunning, looking better in person than any photograph could ever represent. The headlights make use of numerous LEDs creating a modern image for the classically named Ferrari. Unique to the California are the over under exhaust tips, possibly a design cue for future Ferrari’s.

Ferrari California up close

With the convertible hard top stored securely in the trunk the lights shined down on a 599 inspired interior, nowhere was this more evident than in the design of the seats. Opposite the carbon fiber clad steering wheel you will find the California emblem next to a plaque that reaffirms the Ferrari’s championship pedigree. The most interesting feature in the interior was the floating center console; it was a fresh design that is not often executed so well.

Ferrari California up close

If you missed out on the event, you will most likely have to wait until the California goes on sale in September for another opportunity to see this red beauty in person.

Ferrari California up close

Special thanks to Jasen Delgado from AutoMotionPhoto.com for the contribution.


8 comments:

If are expecting to to buy this car at $250,000 (£143,000) you’ll be happy to know that’s how much Ferrari will charge for the keys to their newest GT. Placing it between the entry-level Ferrari F430 Coupe and Spider. I like the California rainbow, it funky!

have you seen the live broadcast reveal of the Ferrari California, which really should be called "Live From Maranello, It’s The Ferrari California!" Although, it’s just a streaming live video it still good to watch— even though you saw the photos already — and those other live photos.

I especially like that flippy thing it does with the rear glass right at the end. Take that and stick it in your pipe, origami-folding for its convertible hard top! It works!

Naming cars after exotic places isn’t anything new (remember the Alfa Romeo Montreal?), but it’s always interesting to see what certain cultures think of other cultures. Besides I would love to drive a California in California. It’s what you call Californication!

We have two newer European cars named after our very own California, the 2009 Ferrari California GT and the Volkswagen California. The former is a convertible Italian exotic and the latter is a Westfalia-style camper van. The question is, who is more spot on? Is California the state of ladies and lads running around in a drop-top Ferrari or a place full of people living in vans?

I think that the Ferrari California is aimed at owners 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. That’s Maranello’s californication!

I love the picture of the engine and the interior of this car. It is capable of 0 to 100 km/h less than 4.0 seconds speed. According to the information that I got
the base Price for 2009 Ferrari California is rumored to be just under $200,000. Maybe a little cheaper than the Lamborghini Gallardo?

The new model will be available exclusively as a convertible with a folding hard top. Both chassis and bodywork are aluminum.To top it all the California will be powered by a new V8 engine mounted for the first time in the marque’s history in the mid-front position. Wow this is definitely superb and fabulous

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