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New Ferrari California

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Guess this and the LA-F is the target for Acura, a GT drop top

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/05/13/new-ferrari-california-exposed/

PRESS RELEASE:
New Ferrari California revealed: a hugely versatile, innovation-packed GT

Maranello, May 13th 2008 - The first official photographs have been published of the Ferrari California, the latest addition to the new generation of Ferraris launched in 2004 with the 612 Scaglietti and added to more recently with the 430 Scuderia.

The Ferrari California joins the Prancing Horse's 8-cylinder family which has always been defined by power and performance. It also flanks the flagship 612 Scaglietti in the prestige sporty Grand Tourer segment.

The new Ferrari California will satisfy even the most demanding of owners in term of its superb vehicle dynamics and driving pleasure. The new model will be available exclusively as a convertible with a folding hard top. Both chassis and bodywork are aluminium, in line with the rest of the current range. The California will be powered by a new V8 engine mounted for the first time in the marque's history in the mid-front position.

In line with Ferrari tradition, the new model also features several innovations. Apart from its folding hard top, these include the original 2+ concept which guarantees exceptional versatility of use in the rear of the car. The California's 4,300 cc V8 engine features direct fuel injection and a "flat" crankshaft. It generates 460 CV at 7,500 rpm with a torque curve that enhances vehicle dynamics and provides maximum driving pleasure which is typical for Ferrari.

As per the traditional Ferrari transaxle layout, the engine, which allows the Ferrari California to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4.0 seconds, will be coupled to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission that boosts the car's performance while enhancing the driving pleasure, improves ride comfort and reduces fuel consumption and emissions (c.310 g/km CO2). The comfort is further enhanced by a new multilink rear suspension system. The Ferrari California is also equipped with the exclusive F1-Trac traction control system which made its debut on the 599 GTB Fiorano and has been further honed to suit the typical driving conditions expected for this new GT. Brembo brakes featuring carbon-ceramic material disks as standard guarantee superbly efficient braking.

In addition to sporting the marque's classic styling cues, the cabin has also been beautifully trimmed using quality materials by Ferrari's own skilled artisans. New accessories and equipment, such as the seats, steering wheel, instrument panel and infotainment system, together with optimised aerodynamics ensure that this is a highly ergonomic and enjoyable car to drive regardless of whether the top is up or down.

The Ferrari California is aimed at owners who desire a car which embodies everything the Prancing Horse represents in terms of sporty design and innovation, but also seek a car with greater versatility than ever. The car will be officially unveiled to the public at the Paris International Car Show. However, over the coming weeks, new photographs and further details about it will also be published.
 

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Stacked tailpipes seems to be the new fad. Looks like SC and IS-F :confused:
 

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Very nice looking car.
 
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I kinda think it looks like the BMW Z3/Z4 mom got it on with that new saturn convertible dad...

Maybe it looks better in person, but i'm not a fan. Not an ugly car, just not as nice as i'd expect.
 
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Not bad at all Ferrari. Its no Mid-engine but very well done for a FR.

I can see it now, Honda's going back to the drawing board.
 

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Re-skin Maserati. Same Engine too?

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Everything above the engine block is entirely different and is the first of many Ferraris to get Direct injection. DI drove this revamp. In addition, the Maserati crankshaft is a 360 degrees versus the flat crank Ferrari of 180 degrees. The sound and feel of a flat crank V8 is completely different.
 

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The Ferrari California is the best sounding stock Ferrari in the last two decades by those clips. The high strung 355 has a warm spot in many hearts, but this is what many have been waiting for.

In my opinion, Ferrari's have sounded disappointing beginning at the 360 up until now. Unless it's an uncorked 12cyl, the newer cars have sounded neutered.
 
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The Ferrari California is the best sounding stock Ferrari in the last two decades by those clips. The high strung 355 has a warm spot in many hearts, but this is what many have been waiting for.

In my opinion, Ferrari's have sounded disappointing beginning at the 360 up until now. Unless it's an uncorked 12cyl, the newer cars have sounded neutered.

The sound inside a 599 is GOD LIKE. Best sound I have ever heard inside a car. I agree though, the 360 and 430 don't sound quite as good as the 355. The 360 CS sounds incredible though. I haven't heard the 430 Scuderia.
 
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The sound inside a 599 is GOD LIKE. Best sound I have ever heard inside a car. I agree though, the 360 and 430 don't sound quite as good as the 355. The 360 CS sounds incredible though. I haven't heard the 430 Scuderia.

Scud doesn't sound like cs at all. The Maser GT-S sounds really good compared to it
 
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