the Ferrari California T -
The Perfect Synthesis of INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY
Sporty, elegant, versatile: thatís the Ferrari California.
Since the 1950s, in fact, this particular model has been the
Prancing Horseís finest embodiment of all three
characteristics. Now, however, the new California T adds a
radical innovation to that honourable tradition whilst still
retaining the modelís highly renowned versatility.
The T in
its moniker refers, of course, to the development of a new
8-cylinder turbo engine that combines reduced emissions and
fuel consumption with
exceptional performance underscored by blistering pick-up
due to zero turbo lag and a torque curve that adapts to suit
each gear change.
the retractable hard top or RHT transforms the California T
from a chic coupť into a sleekly sophisticated spider in a
mere 14 seconds. A refined semi-aniline leather-trimmed
cabin also offers the modular spaces of the signature 2+
configuration and underscores the carís extraordinary
NEW V8 TURBO ENGINE
The Californiaís V8 turbo engine is completely new and
offers absolutely superb levels of performance,
breath-taking pick-up and an exhilarating soundtrack. It
also significantly improves on fuel consumption (-15%) and
emissions (250 g/km of CO2)
whilst delivering sublime driving pleasure, thanks to zero
turbo lag and the radical re-engineering of the torque curve
which increases constantly across the rev range and changes
to suit the gear being used (Variable Boost Management).
Mounted very low in the chassis in a mid-front position, the
3855 cm3 turbo
8-cylinder delivers 560 CV at 7500 rpm, yielding a specific
power output of 145 CV/l as well as maximum torque of 755
Nm. Amongst other things, these extraordinary figures allow
the California T sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6
The Scuderia Ferrariís experience with the engineering of
the F14 Tís power unit has also resulted in excellent
combustion and mechanical efficiency as well as the
development of compact, very low inertia twin-scroll
turbines to ensure ultra-sharp throttle response.
The engineís powerful performance also boosts the California
Tís authentic sports car dynamics. The resulting reduced
steering wheel activity, improved steering wheel
responsiveness to driver input and more directly handling do
not impinge in any way on its exceptional ride comfort,
however. The latter comes courtesy, in fact, of a new
steering box and a new mechanical set-up whereby springs and
latest-generation Magnaride dampers combine with body motion
accelerometers to significantly reduce roll and pitch.
The California T has an exciting new personality yet retains
the dimensions of the previous California. Its sleek
proportions were penned by the Ferrari Style Centre in
collaboration with Pininfarina, and are very much in line
with the Ferrari front-engined ethos. The shape of the
California Tís flanks is inspired by the 250 Testa Rossaís
famous pontoon-fender styling, with the front wing line
stretching back towards the compact, muscular rear and
bringing an aerodynamic sleekness and movement to the sides.
An imposing front grille and the intakes for the turbo
intercooler also communicate a sense of impressive power and
width. Lastly, a lean bonnet underscores muscular fenders
while the rear benefits from meticulous aerodynamic research
resulting in a new triple-fence diffuser.