Ferrari California

Ferrari California

  The Ferrari California made its debut in 2008 and is the company's 2+2 hardtop convertible. It is a front engine, rear wheel drive grand touring sports car and was the first vehicle in four decades that did not carry an alphanumeric appendage. The California is powered by a 4.3L V8 delivering 454 HP and 358 lb-ft of torque. This engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or the company's first seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

Audi did not reveal any details on a possible US version for the new R8 V10 sportscar, but it seems there will be one after all. The proof? The first First U.S.-Bound Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10 will be auctioned on February 21 at the Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance. Next to it there will also be the first US version of the Ferrari California.

Despite the current economic situation, both cars are expected to draw a significant bid. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.

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No news from Ferrari, but it did release new images of the California . So we’re always looking for an excuse for showing off an italian beauty.

The California is powered by a 460 horsepower V8 engine that is mounted in the mid-front position. This is the first time Ferrari has mounted a V8 engine directly behind the front axle, but that’s not a really big deal. Ferrari already mounts a V12 engine behind the front axle but in front of the passenger compartment in the 612 Scaglietti

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You can’t afford a Ferrari California . We know this because if you could you wouldn’t be reading this website; you’d be outside driving your Ferrari California (or making love to one of your many girlfriends.) So for the rest of us who have to settle for domestic cars and internet porn, Ferrari is letting us almost live the dream by configuring a virtual California.

This set up shows the car from every angle with the folding hardtop up or down. It’s available with all combinations of the 27 exterior colors, 12 interior colors, 3 wheel choices and 5 brake caliper colors. That means there are 4,860 combinations possible for a car that will only have 5,000 units made over the next two years.

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Ferrari today announced U.K. pricing for the 2009 California : £143,000. This means the California will be placed between the F430 hard-top and spider.

This also means we finally win in exchange rates. The California’s price in the U.K. is about $255,000 at the current rates, but the F430 coupe costs about $185,000, while the drop-top F430 is between $201,000 and $218,000. So technically if the California slots in between the two cars, the U.S. will pay less than the U.K.—hooray weak dollar?

California is powered by a 4.3-liter V8 engine that delivers 460bhp through the rear wheels, with 357lb ft of torque on tap. Top speed is 192mph with a trick new seven-speed twin-clutch transmission helping the new drop-top to 60mph in under four seconds.

Ferrari unveiled today new image gallery of the 2009 California the latest addition in the company’s line-up. California made its official debut at the Paris Auto Show.

It is powered by a new V8 engine mounted for the first time in the marque’s history in the mid-front position (that’s official word from Ferrari, but the 612 Scaglietti ’s engine is mounted behind the front axle as well.) The 4.3-liter engine in the California develops 453 horsepower.

Ferrari California made its official debut at a private airport in Santa Monica. At the event, the first California was sold for $520,000 at a charity auction. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, made a brief appearance at the event to commend Ferrari for their commitment in supporting After-School All-Stars, a charity for teenagers to which the auction’s earnings will be donated.

back in Italy, the car was simultaneously presented at Maranello by Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, together with the Scuderia Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, who drove the car inside the new factory building. Michael Schumacher, who was involved in the car’s development, also spoke about the car (toeing the corporate line about the sporty qualities and flexibility of the new California.)

Ferrari said will never happen, but it did! The Ferrari California will come with manual transmission as an option. The 2009 California will debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show this October with USA debut at the LA Auto Show in November.

There are 10% of the customers requiring for a manual transmission, so Ferrari will give them one. Before the California goes on sale next year, Ferrari will add a manual option along with a new HGTC handling package that is offered on the 612 Scaglietti. The HGTC handling package will give the 460-hp Ferrari California lightweight wheels and upgraded suspension.

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The line between video games and reality is becoming more and more blurred. Earlier this month Polyphony Digital, the team that puts together the Gran Turismo series of games, offered a test drive of the Lotus Evora in Gran Turismo 5 . Now the team has gone a step further and has put together a commercial of sorts featuring the Ferrari California going for a drive in landmark areas. Watch, enjoy, and question reality.

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We’ve uncovered plenty of pictures and video of the Ferrari California , but this is the first time its been spotted in its namesake. Ferrari’s first hardtop convertible was caught taking publicity photos in the San Francisco area. If Ferrari’s got cars that they can send out for publicity shots that should mean that the V-8 GT car is not too far away from hitting the showrooms. No word yet on if the car also got shots in the southern part of the state. Maybe the photo crew decided they didn’t need the the bikini clad babes of Los Angles to sell the car.

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UPDATED WITH SCHUMACHER INTRO. Would you buy a car from this guy?

As if you needed another reason to want to be Michael Schumacher, the infamous F1 champion has now completed the track and road development stages of the Ferrari California . The rest of the world will have to wait until this autumn when Ferrari’s first retractable hardtop convertible debuts at the Paris Auto Show.

Schumacher ends development testing on Ferrari California

"I have to say that, as with the 430 Scuderia, participating in the project since the very beginning has been really fascinating and great fun," commented Schumacher at the end of a test session at the Fiorano circuit. "Although the cars are very different, they both offer absolutely unique driving pleasure because of the inherently sporty character of all of the cars that come out of Maranello. The 430 Scuderia is, of course, a more extreme model with a focus on absolutely cutting-edge performance. However, although the Ferrari California is very much a Grand Tourer in terms of its usability and high level of interior comfort, it is still surprisingly sporty and fun to drive under any kind of conditions."

The California is powered by a V8 engine that delivers 460 hp at 7,500 rpm. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in less than 4.0 seconds.

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