The California was Ferrari’s first attempt at making a large convertible GT car, but it proved to be one of their most popular and desirable models. Advertised as an open-top high speed cruiser, the California is a true sports car in its own right. It’s got Ferrari DNA sipping through its every component. If you want the ultimate open-top experience, nothing beats a Ferrari. It’s the complete package, fun and exciting for both novice and experienced drivers looking for the most amazing thrill. Easy to drive and forgiving, the California quickly turns into one of the sharpest machines on the road when you throw it at some corners.
Styled by Maranello’s finest, it’s arguably Ferrari’s most gorgeous design to date. No one is discrediting the 458 or the F12’s menacing looks, but there’s something so unique about a convertible GT. It’s elegant and aggressive at the same time, with gorgeous smooth lines, swept-back headlights and large rear quarter-panels. As an object to behold and to look at, almost nothing comes close, we’re sure you can agree.
Where the California differs greatly from most of Ferrari’s other models, is in the cabin. Unlike the spartan mid-engined sports cars which compromise luxury and comfort, the California is oozing with both. Simply put, we’re not sure you can top the California’s fit and finish. The build quality and the materials used in the cockpit are on another level to most of Ferrari’s rivals. Everything you touch and see feels premium, like it was made to last the lifetime of the car, probably because it has. It’s not just a fast Ferrari, but a Ferrari you can genuinely take road trips or longer drives in without getting tired at all. It just eats up the miles without you even noticing. As a GT sports car then, it’s almost impossible to find something as capable as the California.
Then we get to the sports car aspects of it however, and things take a turn for the even better. The 4.3-liter V8 produces 552 horsepower and 358 lb-ft of torque. It’s capable of propelling the car to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and go on to well over 190 mph. The California is the first front-engined V8 car for Ferrari, as well as the first one to feature a modern dual-clutch seven speed transmission. The multi-link rear suspension is a first as well, as is the direct gasoline injection for the engine.
Combined all of those things together, and the end result is nothing short of extraordinary. The California may be one of the best GT cars ever made, but it hasn’t compromised any sports car credentials in the process. It’s sharp, responsive and fun to drive, with enough power to put a smile on your face and even scare you if you’re expecting merely a GT car. Want to experience one of Ferrari’s most unique cars ever made? Contact I Ride Like A Star and book a test drive. For just $109 you too can find yourself behind the wheel a California.
Author: Stefan PETROV