• May 29th 2008 at 10:55AM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Ferrari California

The gang in Maranello is continuing to dribble out more imagery of the new Ferrari California roadster, now with the car now making its first appearance with its hard top up. This blue GT can be seen in the gallery below with the top up, down and halfway in between. Thankfully, in spite of the 2+ designation (whatever that means) the car still maintains two-seater proportions, so it doesn't have a ridiculously long rear deck. There has been plenty of discussion in the comments about the virtues of the California's design details, but the overall proportions are definitely classic GT the folding hard top manages not to screw that up.

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo recently had his first crack at driving the new car at the company's Fiorano test track and unsurprisingly came away feeling quite effusive about the newcomer. In the bosses words, "The California is, like all of our models, the epitome of cutting-edge innovation." The new hard top can apparently change state in a mere 14 seconds. Hopefully it will also prove to be more reliable than some other such examples. It's going to be a long summer of teasing from Ferrari before the California makes its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. In the meantime, Ferrari's latest press release is after the jump.

[Source: Ferrari]


New photographs of the Ferrari California with roof


Maranello, 29th May 2008 – The new Ferrari California, 2+ convertible, had a very special "test-driver" behind its
wheel the last few days as the Prancing Horse President Luca di Montezemolo put it through its paces over several laps at the Fiorano circuit.

"I am very satisfied indeed with the work that the women and men of Ferrari have done," declared Luca di
Montezemolo. "The California is an extraordinary car and I was delighted with the performance, comfort and driving pleasure it delivered. The California is, like all of our models, the epitome of cutting-edge innovation. Its
gearbox, suspensions and chassis are the most advanced possible.

This is the first dual-purpose Spider/Coupé with a retractable hard top that closes in just 14 seconds.
Despite its extraordinary performance, the California 2+ is also exceptionally easy to drive and has a space
behind the front seats that makes it supremely flexible in terms of usage."

The latest photographs of the new Pininfarina-styled retractable hard top convertible released today show it
with its top closed and in an Azzurro California livery. Azzurro California was the colour chosen for the

legendary 1960s spider's appearance at the New York Auto Show in 1962 and proved one of the firm favourites with owners of that model too.

Like the rest of the current Prancing Horse range, the Ferrari California has been aerodynamically designed to
deliver significant downforce values – 70 kg at 200 Km/h, in fact.

This is the first time too that the new 7-speed dual clutch has been used on a Ferrari car. This technology is
the fruit of in-depth gear shifting systems research by the Scuderia Ferrari. The system utilised on the Ferrari
California cuts the gear shifting time to zero and enhances to the utmost the car's performance in terms of
comfort and driveability.

Performance is further boosted by the new Launch Control button which when hit delivers blistering high
performance starts by ensuring correct torque delivery and preventing tyre spin during acceleration.

The car is 4560 mm in length, 1900 mm wide and has a wheel base of 2700 mm.

The luggage capacity of the Ferrari California provides further proof of the versatility of this latest addition
to the Prancing Horse range: when the roof is up, the boot has a 360-litre capacity and a 260-litre capacity
when it is down.

For the first time on a Prancing Horse car, the boot and cabin communicate directly, allowing a choice of luggage
configurations to be used.

Particular attention was also paid to fuel consumption levels which in the case of the ECE combined cycle is
13.2 l/100 km with CO2 emission levels of around 310 g/km.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks better, indeed. Sounds crazy, perhaps, but I'm seeing quite a bit of TVR, especially the Tamora. Except without the wild details.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The front end does seem very similar to the maserati GT. I wonder we'll be seeing a Maserati version of this, or even an alfa romeo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Front hood&grill looks like a person smiling.
      Looks quiet nice though. It definitely looks like a baby Ferrari.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the top when it is up.

      However the break between the top and the windsheild should be more of a diagonal to horizontal cut line, rather than a vertical cut line. Makes the windsheild look bad when the top is down.

      The rear fender shoulder line should meld into the window sill and front fender line, not dip down to the concave detail in the door, behind the fender vents. that curve drop is not quite right.

      The rear end is still atrociously bad. the bumper edge is far too low, and the horizontal grille is useless in a front-engine car, and appears to be a detail for the sake of merely breaking up the huge rear end of the car. Ferrari design should be better than that.

      The wheels look cheap as hell. They look like they were sold at the local tire outlet. the design is pedestrian, and the machined flat front is a bit unsophisticated for a Ferrari.

      Challenge wheels would look so much better. But I like BBS Challenge wheels on ANY ferrari, and lots of other cars, too. Good design is good design. Bad design stands out as such.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like Maserati. Does it mean that Ferrari caught that badge-engineering fever? They should do it just like Dodge-Chrysler than - sporty and cheapy for Ferrari, slower and luxury for Maserati.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In my view, it looks a bit like the Mercedes SL in profile.
        • 7 Years Ago
        IMHO, it looks more like a downsized Maser GT, as the Merc SL has quite a long hood, which the Ferrari Cali hasn't really got. But its shape also kinda reminds me of the Corvette
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks nice, But 1900mm wide?. No wonder they called it the California, The US is the only country I can think of with roads wide enough for it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lately, with a lot of auto makers, their smaller cars are their best looking. Ferrari with the California, Lambo with the Gallardo/lp560, the e92 m3/335i, new audi a4, Lexus with the is350/f.
        • 7 Years Ago
        except the gallardo doesn't look that good. Esp when compared to the Murcielago.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are hard tops slower then rag tops because the top on the S2000 will change states in under 6secs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still do NOT like the looks of this car, but admit that it looks better with the top up than with it retracted. Hopefully, we won't see this model very often driving around in convertible guise(!). It's looks don't even come close to a Mercedes SL.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My guess is that "2+" refers to the seating.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It looks as if (from the overhead picture) that Ferrari gives you two seat cushions and seat belts in the back, but they do not actually appear to be seats. It looks like anyone who sits back there has to lean up against the firewall.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll bet the exhaust outlets were stacked to make as much room as possible for all the stuff that had to be fitted into the area aft of the rear suspension, room to accomodate the spare tire, folded top, luggage, etc. We'll get used to them even if, right now, it's a strange look for Ferrari.
        • 7 Years Ago
        good point, I just noticed they used the space freed up by stcking the exhausts to make the rear diffuser larger. I read somewhere this develops 70 kgs of downforce at 120 mph alone.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. It looks really nice with the top up.
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