The Ferrari California is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car, powered by a 3.9L turbocharged V8 that makes 553 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque. The unit is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that offers seamless and lightning-fast shifts.
The California is built on an aluminum space-frame chassis, which helps keep weight down; the gearbox is also mounted at the rear, which provides an excellent weight distribution that biases 53 percent to the rear. Acceleration numbers are excellent, with 0¬-60 mph achievable in well under four seconds, while top speed is just a few mph short of 200.
The suspension can be upgraded to magnetorheological shocks that improve ride quality while preserving quick handling response. An additional Handling Speciale package adds quicker steering, a stiffer suspension, and a sportier calibration for those magnetic shocks. In either case, the California has a race-tuned double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear setup, with speed-sensitive hydraulic power steering, as well as vented ceramic disc brakes on all four wheels. A mechanical limited-slip differential helps deliver power more predictably out of corners.
The California is designated a 2+2, meaning that it also features two small rear seats-- seats so small they're probably best used as additional storage space. The California avoids many of the noise and weather disadvantages inherent to a soft-top roadster, due to its tight-fitting retractable hardtop setup. The system includes pop-up roll bar system, and there's a wind-blocker that mounts in place for high-speed cruising.
Standard equipment on the California includes auto-leveling projector-beam headlamps, rear fog lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system, keyless entry, power windows, a full floor console with storage, a leather headliner and leather and aluminum trim. The rear seatbacks are split 50/50 and fold forward to expand cargo space -- a handy feature for weekend trips.
Other options include adaptive front lighting, a backup camera system, iPod integration, carbon-fiber racing seats, full power seats, cruise control and special heat-reflective leather upholstery. You can also opt for a set of matching leather luggage. Ferrari's Tailor Made program allows the buyer to personalize every styling and performance detail.