2011 Ferrari California – All-Around Grand Touring Convertible
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The 2011 Ferrari California is one of the fastest, thespian and most comfy grand touring convertible manufactured by the company in a long time. But, it clearly is not the prettiest Ferrari in the market.
The 2011 Ferrari California has a sparkling roof for all weathers and dazzling V8 soundtrack and power. In addition to all that the California quick handling and boasts mechanized twin-clutch manual transmission, deliver significantly comfy ride, has delicately crafted internals and is extremely customizable.
Just has any other Ferrari in the market one of the biggest problem for 2011 Ferrari California is also is lofty price, but along with that there also is the absence of typical manual transmission and bulging back-end styling.
Just as California, the state, this Ferrari is also a bit different. The legendary Italian auto manufacturer has delivered a lot of front-engine GT models, but we haven’t seen any model having a V8 under the hood and very few of them actually were convertibles. This is where the 2011 Ferrari California comes into play with its all-weather retractable hardtop and a front-positioned V8 engine. Though the California has a lot of features and qualities that we’ve seen in a lot of models in the market, but none of them have been the fancy detachable hardtop, which not only brings a certain extent of refinement and assuredness for all weathers, but at the same time makes its modern precursors seem ridiculously primordial by comparison.
If you find it hard to concentrate on the roof of the California then it is pretty normal, because this is the kind of Ferrari which is aimed at different set of buyers in the market. Ferrari is expecting a lot of female buyers for California, and that’s the reason why a lot of attention has been given to the realism, lavishness and comfort, rather than the traditional high-speed thrills associated with Ferraris. The folding metal hardtop of the car probably is the most significant pointer of this, because it brings a lot of weight to the car instead of the abridged refill noise, better modification and universal flamboyance which goes pretty nicely with this more and more omnipresent convertible design. Unfortunately, the space required for the storage of mechanical roof has caused a rather tongue-tied rear-ends’ styling, which is something that the designers of Ferrari can’t save themselves from being criticized.
Considering all the attention given to the comfort, luxury and refinement of the car we thought that this Ferrari will not come anywhere closer to the Ferraris cranking up 400-bhp and 412-bhp. But to everyone’s surprise despite all the panache and comfort the 4.3-ltr V8 engine here generates apt Ferrari sound along with an impressive power of 460-bhp, it pulls brutally like one, as well. The all new California is the very first Ferrari model to get an automated dual-clutch manual transmission. As a result of which it not only results in smooth fast, F1-style shifts, but at the same time it does that without herky-jerky low-speed motions that we saw in the automated single-clutch manuals of the previous Ferraris.
Regardless of the customers California is aimed at or intended for, it’s good to see that Ferrari hasn’t forgotten the basic of making a car and has given deep attention to the weight distribution of the car which is evenly spread 47:53 front-rear. The California is astonishingly nimble and is incredibly simple car to drive tough – which makes it ideal for the first-timers, which Ferraris is expecting to be its main buyers.
There’s no denying the fact that there are a lot of incredible grand touring convertible models luring the buyers in the market. And if you are looking for something in the range of 2011 Ferrari California then some considerable models for you includes the likes of Aston Martin DB9 Volante, though if you want something less pricey then there is Audi R8 Spyder, Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster and Maserati’s GranTurismo. None of the aforementioned models have the hardtop of the convertible, but because of its awkward rear-end styling, all those models are way prettier. Certainly, none of those models are a Ferrari. So, just as the state the California also has its own appeal.
Interiors and Specialties:
Just as any other Ferrari in the market, the all new 2012 Ferrari California has been given interiors that justifies its supercilious price. Almost all the interiors here have been covered in leather (offered in multi-tone blends), although the design in general is rather sharp and contemporary. The “manettino” knob mounted on the steering wheel gives the control to the driver over a huge range of vibrant vehicle functions. The touch screen entertainment arrangement of the California brings a wide range of qualities, from obtainable iPod connectivity and hard-drive music storage, but it basically is silver-tinted variant of the head unit obtainable in a lot of Chrysler group products. This organization in a Ferrari priced at $200,000 is sufficiently bad, but what’s even worse is its functionality.
The back seat of the California is immensely cramped and that’s the reason what makes buying back parcel shelf sensible — it not only looks incredible, but at the same time you can fold the down the seatback either way. With the top up, the trunk space is pretty nice with 12 cu-ft, and with the top down you still gets a handy 8.5 cu-ft left over.
Body Styles, Trims and Features:
The retractile-hardtop 2011 Ferrari California convertible is offered with bi-xenon headlights, 19-in wheels, complete leather interior, the steering wheel “manettino” knob for modifiable car settings, a trip computer, rear fold up seatback, a CD player audio system having touch screen interface and hard-drive navigation system.
There’s a wide range of options available with the California including the likes of interior leather color alternatives and myriad external paint available. Some traditional items comprise 19-in and 20-in diamond-finish wheels sizes, adaptative headlights, run-flat tires, front parking sensors, modifiable suspension, cruise control, rearview camera, carbon-fiber aerodynamic improvements faux-suede covering, automatic-dimming mirrors, diverse seat designs (“Daytona” style, carbon-fiber and diamond-quilted racing in 3 available sizes), an enhanced audio system, total power seats and an iPod interface.
The 2011 Ferrari California is a back-wheel-drive model and gets power from a 4.3-ltr V8 engine, which cranks up 460-bhp of peak power and 357 lbs-ft of max torque. The engine here is paired with a dual-clutch 7-speed automated manual transmission, which by the way is the only transmission available with the car. As per Ferrari, the California could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. We don’t think that the buyers of California will care about it, but anyways we’d tell that the California delivers estimated fuel efficiency of 13 mpg in city and 19 mpg on highways, which comes down to combined fuel efficiency of 15 mpg.
The standard safety features for 2012 Ferrari California includes front side airbags, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control and a mechanically deploying roll bar.