Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Ferrari California (2012)

The Ferrari California is a grand touring sports car that was launched by Ferrari at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It is a two door "2+2" hard top convertible. The California is powered by front-mid mounted gasoline direct injection 4.3 L (260 cu in) V8 with 460 PS (338 kW; 454 hp). The car revives the "California" name used for the late-1950s Ferrari 250 GT. According to industry rumors, the California originally started as a concept for a new Maserati, but the resulting expense to produce the car led the Fiat Group to badge it as a Ferrari in order to justify the high cost of purchase; the company denies this, however. The California represents a new, fourth model range for the company

Class                          Grand tourer
Body style                  2-door, 2+2 coupé cabriolet
Layout                        Front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine                         4,297 cc (262.2 cu in) 90° V8
Transmission              7-speed dual-clutch automated
                                    manual 6-speed manual
Wheelbase                 2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Length                        4,563 mm (179.6 in)
Width                         1,902 mm (74.9 in)
Height                        1,308 mm (51.5 in)
Curb weight               1,630 kg (3,594 lb) (dry)
Price                          $192,000

The California has a top speed of 310 km/h (193 mph) and it can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds.[2] Although 180 kilograms (397 lb) heavier and 30 PS (22 kW; 30 hp) less powerful than the mid-engined F430, the California reaches 97 km/h (60 mph) in the same time as the F430 due to the dual-clutch transmission.


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