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New Ferrari California Revealed - Web Exclusive

May 16, 2008
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Here are the first official photographs of the Ferrari California, the latest addition to the new generation of Ferraris launched in 2004 with the 612 Scaglietti and added to more recently with the 430 Scuderia.

The Ferrari California joins the Prancing Horse's eight cylinder family, which has always been defined by power and performance. It also flanks the flagship 612 Scaglietti in the prestige sporty Grand Tourer segment.

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The new Ferrari California will satisfy even the most demanding of owners in term of vehicle dynamics and driving pleasure. The new model will be available exclusively as a convertible with a folding hard top. Both chassis and bodywork are aluminum, in line with the rest of the current range. The California will be powered by a new V8 mounted for the first time in Ferrari'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 to guarantee versatility in the rear of the car. The California's 4300cc V8 features direct fuel injection and a "flat" crankshaft. It generates 460hp at 7500rpm. 

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As per the traditional Ferrari transaxle layout, the engine, which allows the Ferrari California to sprint from 0-62mph in less than 4sec, will be coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that boosts the performance and reduces fuel consumption and emissions. The comfort is enhanced by a new multilink rear suspension. 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 honed to suit the driving conditions expected for this new GT. Brembo brakes featuring carbon-ceramic discs as standard to guarantee efficient braking.

The cabin has been beautifully trimmed using quality materials by Ferrari's own artisans. New accessories and equipment, such as the seats, steering wheel, instrument panel and infotainment system, together with optimized aerodynamics ensure this is an ergonomic and enjoyable car to drive regardless of whether the top is up or down.The car will be officially unveiled at the Paris International Car Show.



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