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Ferrari California
aka F149
Production 2009 - 2017
Class Entry-Level Grand Tourer
Body Style 2-door, 2+2-seat Front Mid-engined Hard-Top Cabriolet
Length 179.6" (4493.26mm)
Width 74.9" (1902.46mm)
Height 51.5" (1308.1mm)
Wheelbase 105.1" (2669.54mm)
Weight 1735 kg
Transmission 7-speed dual clutch automated Manual, RWD
Engine 4.3 litre (4300 cc) V8
Power 460 (454) hp @ 7500 rpm
N/A lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
Similar Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Mercedes CL Class
Porsche 911
Maserati GranTurismo
Audi R8
Alfa Romeo 8C
Jaguar XKR

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Ferrari 599XX Ferrari 599 Ferrari GTO

Designer Pininfarina

The Ferrari California is a grand touring sports car that was launched by Ferrari at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It is a two door 2+2 hard top convertible. The California is powered by front-mid mounted 4.3 L (260 cu in) V8 sending a reported 460 PS (450 bhp) to the rear wheels.[1] The car revives the "California" name. It also has a similar design to the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.

The California represents a number of firsts for Ferrari. It is the first front engined Ferrari with a V8, the first to feature a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the first with a folding metal roof, the first with multi-link rear suspension and the first with direct petrol injection. It represents a new, fourth model range for the company.[2]


Styles and Major OptionsEdit

  • The 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed will see Ferrari launching a special version of the California called the Bi-Colore. It features a two-tone finish of Argento Nurburgring for the body and Nero for the roof, echoing its bi-colore berlinettas of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as several items from the Genuine Ferrari Accessories range, such as forged 20-inch matte-black wheels with titanium wheel bolts and diamond-stitching on the rear seats and Cavallino stitching on the headrests courtesy of the Carrozzeria Scaglietti Personalisation Programme.


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  • Displacement 4.297 liter / 262.2 cu in
  • Bore: 94.0 mm (3.7 in)
  • Stroke: 77.4 mm (3 in)
  • Compression ratio: 12.2:1
  • Maximum power output: 460 CV (360 kW)
  • Peak torque: 485 Nm / 358 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm


  • Top speed: 310 km/h or 193mph
  • Acceleration 0-60 mphh: 3.9s


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First Generation: (2009–2013)Edit

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The California was launched at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. According to industry rumours, the California originally started as a concept for a new Maserati, but the resulting expense to produce the car led the Fiat Group to badge it as a Ferrari in order to justify the high cost of purchase; the company denies this, however. The California represents a new, fourth model range for the company.

Design Edit

The California represents a number of firsts for Ferrari:

  • The first front engined Ferrari with a V8
  • The first to feature a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • The first with a folding metal roof
  • The first with multi-link rear suspension
  • The first with direct petrol injection

Bosch produced the direct injection system. The engine displaces 4,297 cubic centimetres (262.2 cubic inches), and used gasoline direct injection. It delivers 338 kW (453 bhp) at 7,750 rpm; its maximum torque produced is 485 N·m (358 lbf·ft) at 5,000 rpm. The resulting 79 kW (106 bhp) per litre of engine displacement is one of the highest for a naturally aspirated engine, as other manufacturers have used supercharging or turbocharging to reach similar power levels. The body computer system was developed by Magneti MarelliAutomotive Lighting.

Performance Edit

The original 2010 California had a top speed of 310 km/h (193 mph) and it could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under four seconds. Although that model was 180 kilograms (397 lb) heavier and 30 PS (22 kW; 30 hp) less powerful than the mid-engined F430, the California reached 97 km/h (60 mph) in the same time as the F430 due to the dual-clutch transmission.

Aerodynamics Edit

Ferrari spent over 1,000 hours in the wind tunnel with a one-third-scale model of the California perfecting its aerodynamics. With the top up, the California has a drag coefficient of Cd=0.32, making it the most aerodynamic Ferrari ever made until the introduction of the Ferrari F12berlinetta.

Production Edit

The California is built in a new production line adjacent to the existing factory at Maranello. The existing production line produces 27 cars per day, or 6,000 per year. Throughout California's production, only 3 cars had been built with manual transmission,mincluding one order from the UK.

2012 update Edit

On 15 February 2012, Ferrari announced an upgrade of the 2009 model which is lighter and more powerful. Changes include reducing body weight by 30 kg (66 lb), increased power by output of 30 PS (22 kW; 30 hp) and 15 N·m (11 lbf·ft), acceleration from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) time reduced to 3.8 seconds, introduction of Handling Speciale package and elimination of manual transmission following poor sales. The car was released at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show as a 2012 model in Europe and as a 2013 model year for the US. Deliveries began in Europe first.

Handling Speciale package Edit

To give the clients a more dynamic driving experience, an optional HS (Handling Speciale) package was developed as part of the update in 2012 (for the US 2013 model year). It can be recognized by a silver coloured grille and ventilation blisters behind the front wheel wells. The HS package includes Delphi MagneRide magnetorheological dampers controlled by an ECU with 50% faster response time running patented Ferrari software, stiffer springs for more precise body control and a steering rack with a 9 per cent quicker steering ratio (2.3 turns lock to lock as opposed to the standard rack's 2.5).

Recall Edit

In May 2012, Ferrari recalled the California because the engine could freeze suddenly and possibly cause a crash. The F136 engines had crankshafts that were machined incorrectly. The auto maker learned of the problem when it happened during a review by car critics. Owners could choose from having a new engine installed by their dealer, having the engine removed and the work done by Ferrari North America or having a new crankshaft and bearings installed at the dealership.

Second Generation:(2014-2017) Edit

The Ferrari California T is an update of the earlier California featuring new sheetmetal, new interior, a revised chassis and a new turbocharged powertrain, debuting in 2014 for the 2015 model year.

First unveiled on the web on February 12, 2014, subsequently the car debuted at the Geneva Motor Show (March 6–16, 2014). The T in the moniker stands for Turbo, a technology Ferrari last used on a roadcar on the F40. The car utilizes a new 3.9 liter bi-turbo V8 that produces 412 kW; 560 PS (552 bhp) at 7,500 rpm and 755 N·m (557 lb·ft) torque at 4,750 rpm as well as a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox with different gear ratios, a revised magnaride' adaptive suspension, as well as a new F1 Trac system. The car can accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph). The car also features a new front fascia that was influenced by the F12, a revised rear and a revised interior. Another improvement to the car is the reduction of emission pollution by 15% compared to its naturally aspirated predecessor. The car also utilizes small turbos and a variable boost management system to reduce turbo lag. It is also the first car in which Ferrari has introduced the new Apple CarPlay functionality into its built-in infotainment system – Apple confirmed at the launch of the Geneva Motor Show that FerrariMercedes-Benz and Volvo would be among the first car manufacturers to bring CarPlay compatible models to market. For 2018 the California gets replaced by the Ferrari Portofino.

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Ferrari California
aka Ferrari California T
Production 2014-2017
Class Entry-Level Grand Tourer
Body Style 2-door, 2+2-seat Front Mid-engined Hard-Top Cabriolet
Length 4,570 mm (179.9 in)
Width 1,910 mm (75.2 in)
Height 1,322 mm (52.0 in)
Wheelbase 2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Weight 1,730 kg (3,183 lb) (Europe)

1,843 kg (4,064 lb) (US)

Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch
Engine 3.9 L Ferrari F154 twin-turbo V8
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Design quirks and oddities Edit

Hardtop Convertible

Awards Edit

  • 2009 Best New Convertible, duPont REGISTRY[4]

See Also Edit

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  1. Autocar: Ferrari California breaks cover in UK
  2. Top Gear: California dreaming

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