The new model will be available exclusively as a convertible with a folding hard top. Both chassis and bodywork are aluminium, in line with the rest of the current range.
The exterior design showcases a previously unseen profile view: a character line that starts from thes side vents behind the front wheel and rises towards the back defining the rear volumes.
It is matched by the above sloped waist line and by almost-symmetrical concave surface of the side sill below.
The first photographs of the new Ferrari California were unveiled on the www.ferraricalifornia.com official website, which will be publishing further details on the model until its official debut at the next Paris Motor Show on 1 October 2008.
The California’s 4,300 cc V8 engine features direct fuel injection and a “flat” crankshaft. It generates 460 CV at 7,500 rpm and allows the California to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4.0 seconds.
As per the traditional Ferrari transaxle layout, the engine will be coupled to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission that boosts the car’s performance while enhancing the driving pleasure, improves ride comfort and reduces fuel consumption and emissions (c.310 g/km CO2).
The comfort is further enhanced by a new multilink rear suspension system. The Ferrari California is also equipped with the exclusive F1-Trac traction control system which made its debut on the 599 GTB Fiorano and has been further honed to suit the typical driving conditions expected for this new GT.
Brembo brakes featuring carbon-ceramic material discs as standard guarantee superbly efficient braking.
New accessories and equipment, such as the seats, steering wheel, instrument panel and infotainment system, together with optimised aerodynamics ensure that this is a highly ergonomic and enjoyable car to drive regardless of whether the top is up or down.
According to the Italian carmaker, "the Ferrari California is aimed at owners who desire a car which embodies everything the Prancing Horse represents in terms of sporty design and innovation, but also seek a car with greater versatility than ever."