The California is Ferrari’s softest car, but the gentle roadster has been given a highly significant kick up the chuff courtesy an all-new twin-turbo V8 that delivers 552bhp and 557lb ft. This new engine suits the car’s easy-driving character, as well as letting you go longer before stopping for fuel.
New exterior panels shed the awkwardness of the former shape. Other innovations include slightly firmer springs for better handling, with re-tuned adaptive dampers for a better ride. If that’s not your bag, Handling Speciale pack with even stiffer springs, a nosier exhaust and new gearbox software. However underneath, the California is the same all-aluminium folding hard-top 2+2 as before.
The Ferrari California T Spider 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.
To go along with its newfound output, the California T also sees numerous revisions throughout the car. Revised sheetmetal bolsters the visual drama and aggression, taking some design inspiration from Ferrari’s other front-engine offering, the F12 Berlinetta. The model’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission gets a new set of gear ratios to better utilize the boosted power band; the adaptive suspension has been retuned; and the traction control system also gets revamped for more effective power delivery. The interior sees a few minor tweaks as well, while the introduction of Ferrari’s new infotainment system now offers Apple CarPlay support.