2011 Ferrari California T
Its Own Landmark
Harking back to the classic Ferraris to bear the California tag (the California Spyder of the 1950 and the 365 California of the 60s) the new-for 2008 California first broke cover at the Paris Motor Show of that year. But despite the inherently nostalgic badge, the new California was very much its own landmark with a range of features that were actually Ferrari firsts.
Those included the first Ferrari with a folding metal convertible roof, the first Ferrari road car to feature a front-mounted V8 engine, the first to use a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the first to have multi-link rear suspension, the first with stop-start technology and the very first road-going Ferrari to make use of direct gasoline injection.
In fact, the 4.3-litre V8 engine was a masterpiece and with more than 100 horsepower per litre, its specific output was more than many turbocharged engines of the time. It’s also wet-sumped a la race-car practice and produces its maximum power at almost 8,000 rpm.
Best of Both Worlds
The folding metal roof gives the best of both worlds; coupe-level security and weatherproofing when you need it as well as convertible cruisiness when you want it. This car has travelled just over 1,000 km per year since it was sold to its original owner and has a few carefully chosen factory options fitted. These include the Daytona-style upholstery on the seat facings, some carbon-fibre trim pieces, a parking camera and sensors and a yellow tachometer to contrast with the classic Rosso Corsa exterior and tan leather interior.
Features include: Red brake calipers, carbon-fibre driver zone, carbon-fibre rear moulding, cruise-control, Daytona-style seats, electric front seats, iPod connectivity, Scuderia Ferrari shields, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, 20-inch alloy wheels, yellow tachometer, navigation, folding metal roof.