The Ferrari California T epitomises the sublime elegance, sportiness, versatility and exclusivity that have distinguished every California model since the 1950s. It is a car brimming with innovation that will more than meet
the expectations of discerning clients for whom fun behind the wheel is a priority, but who also demand a sumptuously comfortable Grand Tourer they can use every day.
The California T is a brilliant expression of Ferrari’s sporty DNA, while its retractable hard top (RHT) and 2+ configuration, amongst other features, make it supremely versatile.
Like all Ferraris, the California T boasts cutting-edge technological solutions that make it absolutely unique, most notably the new turbocharged V8 engine. Turbo technology has an honourable place in Prancing Horse’s engineering tradition, thanks to iconic models of the likes of the GTO of 1984 and the F40 of 1987. It is now also, of course, back at the heart of our latest F1 single-seater.
Maranello’s engineers have managed to design a remarkable power unit that combines classic Ferrari engine qualities, such as razor-sharp responsiveness, blistering performance, superbly powerful acceleration at all speeds and an exhilarating soundtrack, with the advantages turbo technology, such as drastically reduced emissions and fuel consumption, a high specific power output and compact dimensions. A genuinely unprecedented achievement that sets a new benchmark for the industry.
Penned by the Ferrari Style Centre in collaboration with Pininfarina, the new California T is a sophisticated Prancing Horse Grand Tourer with a beautifully ergonomic and sumptuously handcrafted cabin.
The California T boasts classic Ferrari proportions: the shape of its flanks is inspired, in fact, by the 250 Testa Rossa’s famous pontoon-fender styling, with the front wing line stretching back towards the compact, muscular rear and bringing an aerodynamic sleekness and movement to the sides.
A generous grille lends the car an aura of power and sportiness too while the sleek bonnet emphasises the muscular wings either side which incorporate the headlights and the two characteristic vents used to dissipate hot air from the engine. The rear features new horizontal styling elements and was subject to intensive aerodynamic honing resulting in a new triple-fence diffuser.
The California T’s cabin is a seamless melding of innovative volumes, streamlined, functional forms and a strong Ferrari feel courtesy of certain classic Prancing Horse styling cues, such as the clear division between the dash and tunnel, round air vents, multi-functional steering wheel and the signature F1 bridge on the tunnel. All presented as a beautifully elegant hand-crafted package focusing on sophisticated materials and finishes whilst also being superbly functional.
The Turbo Performance Engineer (TPE) takes pride of place between the two air vents at the centre of dash. This is a sophisticated instrument with a digital display and touch-sensitive surround for scrolling that provides pointers on making the most effective use of the new engine’s performance in terms of responsiveness and efficiency. The California T also has a new highly intuitive infotainment system designed for easy navigation and instant access to the other functionalities.
A completely new engine that, in a world first, combines the instantaneous response to commands, blistering performance, impressive torque and signature sound typical of a conventional Ferrari power unit with the fuel efficiency of a turbo.
The 3855 V8 punches out 560 CV (145 CV/l, the best figure in its category) and maximum torque of 755 Nm in 7th gear. Despite delivering an extra 70 CV and a massive 49% more torque, fuel consumption has fallen by 15%. Range has increased by 20% in consequence. Turbo lag has also been virtually eliminated by cutting overall masses and inertia, and the use of the F1-derived flat-plane crankshaft and innovative twin-scroll turbines. The torque curve increases constantly across the rev range too, thanks to proprietary Variable Boost Management software that adjusts torque delivery to suit the gear engaged. Clever design and manufacturing techniques have also produced a classically powerful, exhilarating Ferrari soundtrack too.
It takes just 14 seconds for the California T to convert from a sophisticated coupé to a chic, seductive spider, courtesy of its retractable hard top (RHT).
Made from aluminium panels over weight-bearing structural castings, also aluminium, the RHT also helps cut the California T’s overall weight to the bone. Both cover and top move simultaneously during the opening (or closing) cycle allowing the California T to switch personalities in an exceptionally short time. Optimisation of the roof packaging – with overlapping of the concave side - means the California T’s luggage compartment remains very generous even when the top is down, guaranteeing ample space in the cabin also.
The California T is a strikingly compact car, a fact that boosts its sporty handling dynamics, while still maintaining truly generous cabin space.
Its transaxle architecture results in perfect weight distribution with a slight bias to the rear as per Ferrari tradition (47% front, 53% rear). Furthermore, the fact that the engine is now located lower in the chassis (40 mm lower than the previous California) has improved the car’s centre of gravity which enhances handling still further.
Both chassis and bodyshell are made entirely from aluminium. This is a lightweight solution with high torsional rigidity, a particularly important factor for a drop-top car, making for better performance and safety.
The combination of the California T’s uncompromising architecture, dynamic controls and new engine guarantees consistent fun behind the wheel both in challenging and more relaxed driving conditions, in perfect Grand Tourer style.
The California T boasts true sports car dynamics too, thanks to reduced steering wheel activity and improved steering wheel responsiveness to driver inputs as a result of a new steering box and new mechanical set-up. New springs and latest-generation Magnaride dampers (now more than 50 per cent faster) combined with body motion accelerometers reduce roll and pitch to deliver more precise handling whilst still guaranteeing an incredibly comfortable ride.
The car’s electronic systems are also the state-of-the-art in the sector with the latest evolution of the F1-Trac, SCM3 magnetorheological suspensions and ESP 8.0 Premium integrated with the CCM3 braking system to manage the high performance ABS.
412 KW (560 cv)
AT 7500 RPM
|Type||90° V8 with fuel direct injection|
|Bore and stroke||3.41 in x 3.23 in|
|Unit displacement||29.4 cu in|
|Total displacement||235.25 cu in|
|Maximum power*||412 kW (560 cv) @ 7500 rpm|
|Maximum torque*||755 Nm (557 lbft) @ 4750 rpm in VII gear|
|Front track||64.2 in|
|Rear track||63.2 in|
|Dry weight**||3582 lb|
|Kerb weight**||3813 lb|
|Weight distribution||47% front - 53% rear|
|Fuel tank capacity||20.6 US gal / 17.3 UK gal|
|Boot (trunk) capacity||12 cu ft, 8.5 cu ft (roof closed)|
|Maximum speed||196 mph|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)||3.6 s|
|0-200 km/h (0-124 mph)||11.2 s|
|Weight/power ratio||8.69 lb/kw|
|Front||245/40 ZR 19"|
|Rear||285/40 ZR 19"|
|Front (opt)||245/35 ZR 20"|
|Rear (opt)||285/35 ZR 20"|
|Front||390 x 34 mm|
|Rear||360 x 32 mm|
|CST with F1 TRAC system (Control for stability and traction)|
|Type||F1, dual clutch 7 gears + Reverse|
|Fuel consumption***||10.5 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions***||250 g/km|
|*||With 98 octane fuel|
|**||With lightweight optional equipment|
|***||Combined cycle (ECE+EUDC) with HELE system|
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