2009 Ferrari California


2009→2012 Ferrari California
Maranello 05/2008, Ferrari California 2008 © Ferrari S.p.A.

2009 Ferrari California

Maranello, May 13th 2008 – The first official photographs have been published of the Ferrari California, the latest addition to the new generation of Ferraris launched in 2004 with the 612 Scaglietti and added to more recently with the 430 Scuderia.

The Ferrari California joins the Prancing Horse’s 8-cylinder family which has always been defined by power and performance. It also flanks the flagship 612 Scaglietti in the prestige sporty Grand Tourer segment.

The new Ferrari California will satisfy even the most demanding of owners in term of its superb vehicle dynamics and driving pleasure. 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 California will be powered by a new V8 engine mounted for the first time in the marque’s history in the mid-front position.

In line with Ferrari tradition, the new model also features several innovations. Apart from its folding hard top, these include the original 2+ concept which guarantees exceptional versatility of use in the rear of the car. The California’s 4,300 cc V8 engine features direct fuel injection and a “flat” crankshaft. It generates 460 CV at 7,500 rpm with a torque curve that enhances vehicle dynamics and provides maximum driving pleasure which is typical for Ferrari.

As per the traditional Ferrari transaxle layout, the engine, which allows the Ferrari California to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4.0 seconds, 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 disks as standard guarantee superbly efficient braking.

In addition to sporting the marque’s classic styling cues, the cabin has also been beautifully trimmed using quality materials by Ferrari’s own skilled artisans. 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.

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. The car will be officially unveiled to the public at the Paris International Car Show. However, over the coming weeks, new photographs and further details about it will also be published.

Story by Ferrari SPA

In Detail

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typeSeries Production Car
production years2009 – 2012
released at2008 Paris Motor Show
built atMaranello, Italy
engineersRoberto Fedeli
price $$ 192,000
price £/td>£143,320
predeccesor1958 Ferrari 250 California LWB Spyder
succeccesor2012 Ferrari California 30
engineV8
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
block materialAluminum
valvetrainChain-Driven DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/VVT
fuel feedDirect Injection
displacement4297 cc / 262.22 in³
bore94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke77.4 mm / 3.0 in
compression12.2:1
power337.8 kw / 453 bhp @ 7750 rpm
specific output105.42 bhp per litre
bhp/weight266.47 bhp per tonne
torque485.4 nm / 358 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
redline8000
body / frameAluminum Body over Aluminum Frame
driven wheelsRWD w/ F1-Trac Traction Control
wheel typeForged Aluminium Alloy
front tires245/40ZR19 94Y Pirelli P Zero
rear tires285/40ZR19 103Y Pirelli P Zero
front brakesInner Ventilated Carbon-Ceramic Discs w/6-Piston Fixed Calipers, ABS
rear brakesInner Ventilated Carbon-Ceramic Discs w/4-Piston Floating Calipers, ABS
front wheelsF 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19 x 8.5 in
rear wheelsR 48.3 x 24.1 cm / 19 x 9.5 in
steeringPower Assist
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionMulti-Link w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1700 kg / 3749 lbs
weight distro46 % / 54 %
transmission7-Speed Transaxle
tran clutchOil Immersed Dual Clutch
gear ratios3.40:1, 2.19:1, 1.63:1, 1.28:1, 1.09:1, 0.86:1, 0.72:1
final drive4.44:1
0 – 60 mph~3.7 seconds
0 – 100 mph~8.7 seconds
city fuel econ epa18.09 L/100 km or 13 mpg-us
hwy fuel econ epa12.38 L/100 km or 19 mpg-us
fuel capacity78 litres or 20.59 gal.

Auction Sales History

2009→2012 Ferrari California

2010 Ferrari California ZFF65LHA8A0170202sold for $187,000 Offered from the Estate of William H. Tilley. Presented in as-new condition. Less than 4,500 original miles. Auction Source: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions