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Just days after Ferrari launched the teaser site for its new GT, the first full images and details of the Ferrari California have been revealed. Even though the countdown timer on the teaser site still indicates there's a week to go before the next info reveal, the countdown itself is little more than a formality.

Like other modern Ferraris, this one is fabricated from aluminum to keep mass under control. The 460 hp 4.3L V8 is the first from Maranello to use direct injection while following the racing tradition of using a flat-plane crankshaft. This car of firsts also debuts the production application of a dual clutch gearbox from Ferrari. The 7-speed unit is mounted in a rear transaxle configuration and should provide smoother shifting and even better performance than the existing hydraulically-actuated units that Ferrari currently uses. Acceleration to 60 mph should come in under 4.0 seconds.

The California is also Ferrari's first retractable hardtop convertible. From the shape of the hood scoop and headlights to the sweep of the rear fenders and vents behind the front wheels this car obviously draws on the heritage of the original 1960s 250 GT California. At the same time, it's blended with modern Ferrari design elements drawn from the current F430 and 599. We're looking forward to seeing much more of this car over the months leading up to the Paris Motor Show! Thanks to Mobius and Ovidiu for the tip!

[Source: Ferrari]

New Ferrari California revealed: a hugely versatile, innovation-packed GT

Maranello, May 13th 2008 - The first official photographs have been published 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 8-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.

The new Ferrari California will satisfy even the most demanding of owners in term of its superb 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 aluminium, in line with the rest of the current range. 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.

In line with Ferrari tradition, the new model also features several innovations. Apart from its folding hard top, these include the original 2+ concept which guarantees exceptional versatility of use in the rear of the car. The California's 4,300 cc V8 engine features direct fuel injection and a "flat" crankshaft. It generates 460 CV at 7,500 rpm with a torque curve that enhances vehicle dynamics and provides maximum driving pleasure which is typical for Ferrari.

As per the traditional Ferrari transaxle layout, the engine, which allows the Ferrari California to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4.0 seconds, will be coupled to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission that boosts the car's performance while enhancing the driving pleasure, improves ride comfort and reduces fuel consumption and emissions (c.310 g/km CO2). The comfort is further enhanced by a new multilink rear suspension system. 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 further honed to suit the typical driving conditions expected for this new GT. Brembo brakes featuring carbon-ceramic material disks as standard guarantee superbly efficient braking.

In addition to sporting the marque's classic styling cues, the cabin has also been beautifully trimmed using quality materials by Ferrari's own skilled artisans. New accessories and equipment, such as the seats, steering wheel, instrument panel and infotainment system, together with optimised aerodynamics ensure that this is a highly ergonomic and enjoyable car to drive regardless of whether the top is up or down.

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. The car will be officially unveiled to the public at the Paris International Car Show. However, over the coming weeks, new photographs and further details about it will also be published.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Not bad really... in fact it looks better than the F430 roadster.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks great!

      although that added-on "tiny star lens flare" ruins the photo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a Toyota MR2 to me.. Best to check out an MR2 at your local car dealer, buy a Ferrari insignia and slap it on, and presto you have this new "ferrari" . Added benefits include better milage, cheaper price, and "fear free" parking even in the toughest of neighbourhoods.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thank it's purdee. But I've already ordered one dem darn GTR's everbody told me was the best car on the planet. Shuks!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now that Ferrari has redone the California, I wonder if someone will re make Ferris Bueller's day off with the new version of the car ?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The designers at Ferrari apparently just donated to the "Save Ferris" fund. He's a righteous dude, ya know.

      But seriously, need to see where this falls price-wise in the Ferrari cadre of speed, but I'm liking it. Not sure about the folding hardtop, but they've done pretty well with convertibles in recent memory.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Remove the prancing horse and it'd almost be impossible to tell what brand of car it is. Next gen Miata? Front engined MR2? Or maybe the new Hyundai?

      You could have done much better, Ferrari.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i disagree this thing has ferarri all over it, look at the hood, look at the curves on the sidelines, no miata or MR2 would look like this
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ditch the euro inspired Mazda wheels and the IS-F tail pipes and we'll talk.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What happens when a z4 has sex with a f430...

        Ferrari had a chance to do something new again, and they failed epicly. This looks like a poormans f430. Why did they not do a fresh design, like the Dino? The 308? Simply this car is boring to me, sure I see so many Ferrari's that they no longer turn my head in OC, and this car is just more of the same.

        I know retro is out... but what about some styling cues from the old 250gt cars? What is up with the character line extending back from the vent? And the trunk? what is up with the stacked look? looks like a tacked on lower valance under some venting.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's definitely a Ferrari. The front and rear draw from the 250 GT California...both of which I think are executed pretty well. As for the sides...that's where it loses its flavor. The Z3 gills are lame, and the lines coming off of them seem out of place. I don't know...for an average car, I'd give it a 7 out of 10. For a Ferrari, I'll give it a 3.5 out of 10.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree... this car didn't provoke any "Ferrari" passion for me this morning. Perhaps it's the background and the angles of the pictures, but aside from the small cues like the taillights (which could be mistaken for Alfa Romeo) and a few others, this could be another regular OEM convertible.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like an Italian Corvette to me.. especially from the side
      • 7 Years Ago
      No thanks. I would be embarrased to park this next to a 430 or 599.

      Speaking of which, both of those cars have a lot more style and character to them. This screams diluted brand about as much as the Cayenne. Only available as a vert; somehow the California name seems all to relevant.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's supposed to be the sucessor to the 250 GT California, which of course was a convertible, and everyone here wants it to be a hard top and named after a place in Italy. *shakes head*
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh wait, it is the Ferrari Boxter, never mind.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Good point, but Ferrari could use such a "fun" "chic" car, though I think it would be more appropriate with a Maser badge (I thought about Alfa but where would that put the 8c?)

        But the impending Maser GT Convertible seems a better proposition, especially in S trim
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the swept back roofline, its awesome looking and very unique, it looks like big brother 599 with a chop top and some steroids!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can I just say.....if it had a Ford or a Pontiac or Toyota brand on the front.....everyone will say that it looks ugly as hell.

      Personally I love the rear end and the vertically lined up exhaust pipes...but the front side looks quite cheap...."looks" cheap that is.. It doesn't have the excitement of F430, and I personally don't like the design of 599 so maybe it's just me.
      I do like 612 tho....

      I don't know how much the car will cost but if it is in the same league as the V8 Vantage Roadster....I'll take the Aston over it any day. That said....I can't afford either so Ferrari will not give a damn about what I say about the car. But comonnn Ferrari...you can do better than this. This looks like a Pontiac. It should have a Lancia or a Fiat badge on the front.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i agree with geostewart
        this is one of few Ferrari's i have likes since the 550
        the enzo was OK but i just never loved it
        i do really like this design though
        • 7 Years Ago
        more than the F430.
        then the F430 replacement will move up over this, leaving it as the low cost/entry Ferrari; that being a misnomer as typically you cant get a new one until you have bought a used one from the dealer.

        Ferrari is too full of themselves. this is actually the first one I have liked since the 550.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh my God... I could have done it right in my pants, but after the Mito/8C pictures I am totally exhausted... Will get back in an hour.
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