2010 Ferrari California
Two in One
A genuine two-cars-in-one proposition, Ferrari’s decision to take the new-for-2008 California in the direction of a convertible with a folding metal roof suited its customers just fine. In fact, on its launch in Australia, the model, which also represented Ferraris first front-engined V8 road-car, the California soon built up a waiting list of six months as demand outstripped supply.
Wind in the Hair
Using a series of electric motors to open and close the folding roof gave the car the wind-in-the-hair fun of previous California’s combined with the safety and security of a conventional coupe when you needed it. While the metal roof and its mechanism did add some extra mass, Ferrari’s 1,000-plus hours in the wind-tunnel honing the California’s shape were well spent.
Proof of that is in the car’s theoretical top speed of 310 km/h, but with added design input from Formula 1 hero, Michael Schumacher, the California could also accelerate to 100 km/h in under four seconds and remained a sharp steering and handling car. The performance is down to the remarkable normally-aspirated V8 engine which uses direct fuel-injection and a stratospheric appetite for revs to make its 338 kW of power.
While blue may not be everybody’s first response when it comes to choosing a colour for a Ferrari, in this case, the particular – and one-off – shade of metallic blue suits the car magnificently. The exterior is also beautifully matched by the beige leather interior with matching stitching. With less than 30,000 km on board and in immaculate condition, this California would suit the fussiest of buyers looking for the last of the normally-aspirated V8 Ferraris.
Features include: Reversing camera, Daytona-style seats, high-output stereo system, ABS, air-conditioning, remote central-locking, stability-control, powered roof, power windows, traction control, Xenon headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels.