Driver’s View: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) 2016 California T
The Pininfarina-designed California T is the oldest member of the Ferrari sports car lineup. The car was designed to bring new buyers into Ferrari showrooms, the Spyder was hailed as the 1st front engined, V8-powered sports car to wear the iconic Scuderia badge when it made its debut in Y 2008.
Updated for the 2nd time since its launch, the California T recently gained an evolution of the twin-turbocharged V8 that is also found under the hood of the Maserati Quattroporte.
The California T features a new front fascia that falls in line with Ferrari’s latest design, while a redesigned interior and a new infotainment system round out the updates.
The California T Built entirely out of aluminum, it is powered by a twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 3.9-liter V8 engine that makes 553 horsepower at 7,500 rpms and 557 lb-ft. of torque at 4,750 rpms.
It reaches 60 mph from a stop in 3.6 secs and go on to a top speed of 196 mph.
The Ferrari V8 returns 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
Carbon ceramic brakes designed by Italy’s Brembo safely bring the car to a stop. The electronic driving aids include an advanced Formula 1-inspired traction control system.
The cockpit features a fluid dashboard with round air vents and a new 6.5-in color screen that runs the infotainment system. Ferrari has done away with steering wheel-mounted stalks and relocated a host of secondary controls to the steering wheel.
Like all Ferrari’s the California T is as finely-built.
The seats, the dashboard and the door panels are all covered in premium leather and buyers can order a matching set of leather luggage at an extra cost. Cargo capacity in at 12 cft.
The California T has a retractable hard top that reduces wind noise and creates a more coupe-like silhouette when closed. The California weighs 3,825 lbs.
If you find the California T too soft, then order it with the Handling Speciale package that adds magneto-rheological shocks and a faster ECU. The package also includes stiffer springs and a faster steering box.
Buyers can customize their California T through Ferrari’s Tailor Made program. Every aspect of the car down to the minutest detail can be modified by the buyer with the help of a Ferrari-assigned personal designer whose job is to guide future owners through every step of the bespoke process.
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