The Ferrari California is a cabriolet manufactured by Ferrari, an Italian company which has been in existence since 1929, which car maker is renowned for manufacturing the favored race cars. The Ferrari sports brands are also known for their role in support and participation in racing, particularly in the famous Formula One. The Ferrari California has been in production since 2008 and is offered as a 2-door, 4 seat coupe cabriolet, adopting a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. There remains also the option of the 6 speed manual gearbox which is yet to be unveiled.
The current Ferrari California debuted the market in the year 2010 and came with a retractable-hardtop convertible. It's offered with a two-passenger rear seat or a rear parcel shelf. Ferrari provides top of the range goodies for their new offering. The car comes equipped with expected premium conveniences like standard bi-xenon headlights, full leather interior, fold-down rear seatback, Bluetooth, CD/MP3 audio system and a touchscreen and navigation system. On the options table are features such as the 19 and 20-inch "diamond-finish" wheels, adaptive Magnaride suspension, adaptive headlights and a fitted leather luggage set. There are also extensive customization possibilities including carbon-fiber trim, special seat upholstery and paint, and exterior styling details.
The Ferrari California has a wheelbase of 2670mm and a length of 14563mm, while the width is estimated at 1902mm; and height of 1308mm. It receives competition from the likes of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. The exterior of the Ferrari California is one that provides excitement when you look at it; the power retractable top does justice to the need for attention. It also features a rear de-fogger. Exterior options provided by Ferrari on the California include Scuderia Ferrari shields on fenders, rear car kit in carbon fiber, external electro-chromatic rearview mirrors, side car kit in carbon fiber, brake calipers in yellow color, engine compartment finish in carbon fiber and the black external A-Pillars among many features that make the cabriolet stand alone in distinctive beauty.
The suspension of the California adopts a double wishbone front suspension, while the rear uses multi-link suspension and a stabilizing bar being common on the front and rear suspension. To provide sound and safe driving, the suspension is supported by the 4-wheel ABS, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, remote anti-theft alarm system, auto delay off headlamps and dusk sensing headlamps. The car also comes with additional safety features such as the xenon high intensity discharge headlamp, 2 front headrests, and passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, with passive safety features that include the stability control, traction control and electronic brakeforce distribution. Safety and security is taken to another level with the addition of the self-leveling headlights and tyre pressure monitoring system.
The interior of the Ferrari California is loaded with features that make the inside simulate a dwelling due to the comfort, luxury and convenience provided. The interior of the California features and 8 -way power driver seat, height adjustable driver seat, premium leather and sport front seats; while the rear seats feature folding rear seatback. Easy handling is provided by the remote power door locks, power mirrors and heated mirrors. Driver and passengers have available to the for convenience the front console with storage, front cupholders, front door pockets, retained accessory power, 12V front power outlet(s) and the transmission controls on steering wheel. Entertainment is courtesy of the AM/FM in-dash single CD/DVD with CD MP3 Playback stereo and USB connection. Heightened comfort is also in the Ferrari California from the driver and passenger dual zone climate controls, alloy and leather trim on center console, leather trim on dash, leather trim on doors and front reading lights. Inside the car, you will find modern instrumentation that will cater for all your needs on the road, such as the clock, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, low fuel level warning and compass. The California also showcases Ferrari's high-tech engineering prowess with its steering-wheel-mounted "manettino" knob that gives precise control over stability and traction systems, gearbox settings and suspension calibrations.
It is technology translated into a vehicle, a vehicle which works perfectly well for the joy of modern motoring and great comfort.