Ferrari California: Pretty Car Cruising Down the Street?
Ferraris are said to look like beautiful women. Who will ever disagree to that statement? A lot of car aficionados and car editors did notice the new Ferrari California during the Paris Motor Show, but it really didn’t give the feel of a Ferrari. It might just show that the car maker is heading another direction.
The Ferrari California did not win anything during the international show. It did not get a second glance, moreover, not the expected wow stare.
The big aesthetic issue at hand is the bulky rear end of the new car. It was purposely designed to house all the hydraulics of the folding hard top of the Ferrari California.
Unlike what one can expect from a Ferrari, it is trying to be an excellent coupe and a convertible. For this, some sacrifices must be made in terms of design.
The Ferrari California is not the usual Ferrari. Its primary goal is versatility being a 2+ seat car with the backseats that can be folded to allow more luggages like groceries or golf carts.
The car is the first GT with a mid-front V8 engine capable of zooming at 192 mph. The engine has an output of 460 horsepower and 358 lb-ft torque. The Ferrari California has similarities in terms of displacement with F430 only with a slightly lower redline at 8000 rpm.
The Ferrari California may compete with the Aston Martin DB9 Volante, the SL63 Mercedes-Benz, and the Porsche 911 Turbo spider. The price of the Ferrari California is estimated at $231,500.
Ferrari California is due for release in Europe by February or March in 2009. US residents will have it in their dealerships by June.