Monday, October 27, 2008

I Love This Car!

*Sigh* Will I ever get to drive and own this car... The 2009 Ferrari California. This photo was taken at the 2008 Paris Auto Show.

A lot of new models from different reputable car manufacturers were made for the Show, but I liked this best, for a lot of reasons I don't even know where to begin. It was love at first sight. =) Watch me, I'm asking Santa for one on Christmas. haha JK! :)

Mike Monticello said, "the photos don't do this car justice, the Ferrari California looks absolutely stunning in person."

It has a fully retractable hardtop, with dual-clutch transmission. It's the first-ever production Ferrari with a front-mounted V-8. It is packed with the latest and greatest from the engineers in Maranello.

Ferrari says the 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."

  • can be ordered in a 2+2 configuration — children seating only — or for more storage space for weekend outings
  • top is slick in its operation, and only takes 14 seconds to go from open to fully closed
  • 4.3-liter direct-injected flat-crank V-8 produces 460 bhp
  • Ferrari's first dual-clutch gearbox with not six speeds, as on every other recent Ferrari, but seven forward gears
  • Ferrari claims the California will be able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 4 seconds.
  • steering wheel-mounted F1-style paddles
  • new suspension system (double wishbones at the front and multilink at the rear)
  • new evolved F1-Trac traction control system and Brembo brakes with CCM (carbon ceramic material) discs as standard (this latter feature is shared by the other models in the current range)
  • new aluminium-trimmed centre console
  • Ferrari California's chassis and bodyshell are both made entirely from aluminium
  • has an ejectable roll-bar to ensure that its occupants are protected should the car overturn - Ejection time is under 190ms
  • front retractable airbags (driver and passenger sides), side retractable air bags in door panels, bi-xenon headlights and LED rear lights
  • panel with analogue instruments (tachometer and rev counter) and four-screen TFT Multidisplay
  • new infotainment system with 6.5'' touchscreen, Sat Nav, USB connection, Bluetooth, hard disc, voice commands and IPOD connector

    • Length: 4563 mm
    • Width: 1902 mm
    • Height: 1308 mm
    • Wheelbase: 2670 mm
    • Front track: 1630 mm
    • Rear track: 1605 mm
    • Dry weight: 1630 kg
    • Kerb weight: 1735 kg
    • Weight distribution: 47% Front - 53% Rear
    • Fuel tank capacity: 78 l
    • Boot capacity: 340 l, 240 l (with roof retracted)
    • Front: 245/40 ZR19"
    • Rear: 285/40 ZR19"
    • Front (optional): 245/35 ZR20"
    • Rear (optional): 285/35 ZR20""
    • Front: 390 x 34 mm
    • Rear: 360 x 32 mm
    • CST with F1-TRAC Stability and Traction Control System
    • TPTMS Tyre Pressure and Temperature Monitoring System
    • 90° V8 Direct Injection
    • Bore and stroke: 94 x 77.37 cc
    • Overall displacement: 4297 cc
    • Compression ratio: 12.2:1
    • Maximum power output: 338 kW (460 CV) @ 7750 rpm
    • Maximum torque: 485 Nm (49 kgm) @ 5000 rpm
    • Maximum speed: 310 km/h
    • 0-100 km/h: under 4.0 sec
    • 0-400 m: 12.2 sec
    • 0-1.000 m: 22.1 sec
    • F1, dual-clutch, 7-speed plus reverse
    • Manual 6-speed + REV
    • Front: Double wishbone
    • Rear: Multilink
    • ECE Combined: 13.1 l/100 km
    • ECE Combined: 305.6 g/km

The Ferrari California is available in a choice of 16 different pastel and metallic colours, and it's priced i
n the range of the F430. According to, it's base price is rumored to be just under $200,000. It's veeerrry expensive for me. I wish I'll win the lottery or something. hehe

Top & Bottom Photo by John Lamm
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Ronald said...

Excellent Cars, They are really very inviting.

wen said...

yup, i would drive this car in a heartbeat,if given the chance. =) hehe