It appears that Ferrari is working on a new version of the California as the first patent design patent images emerged on the web. Although we don’t know for sure if the new coupe cabriolet will get the same name, Ferrari is continuing its new design language started by the FF. As you can see from the photos, the new front-engined sports car features new headlights just like the ones found on the Ferrari 458 Italia, F12berlinetta or the FF.
The rear end is a mix between the FF and the F12berlinetta. The current California already received facelift and it is currently the oldest model in Ferrari’s lineup. Ferrari California is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine rated at 483 bhp and is capable to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 194 mph or 312 km/h.
Taking its cue from the 1957 250 California, the Ferrari California continues the philosophy of superior performance and excellent craftsmanship with groundbreaking innovations. The Ferrari California was launched officially during the Paris Show in 2008 after conducting a succession of web previews. The car was also shown during special events held in Los Angeles and Maranello getting outstanding reception.
The Ferrari California is now part of the brand’s 8-cylinder range which is mainly composed of high performance models. It also will be flanking the 12-cylinder Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, the Ferrari’s flagship model under the Grand Tourer class. If anything, the Ferrari California is a sports car having the track as part of its DNA. California provides great versatility of in-car comfort with the fun and pleasure of driving behind the wheel. This is expected to meet the demands of even the most selective customers.
Ferrari California is marketed as a convertible that has a retractable and folding hard top. It also comes in two versions. First it is available as a two-seater while having the customary rear bench. The 2+ version on the other hand equips the rear bench with seats that allow at most two passengers.
As expected of any Ferrari line, the Ferrari California overflows with many innovations. Previously mentioned are the 2+ concept and the retractable hard top.
Other new features include the V8 direct injection engine and a suspension system that utilizes double wishbones on the front and a multilink on the rear. It also has the 7-speed gearbox and F1-style paddles mounted on the steering wheel paired with a dual clutch. There is also the new and evolved F1-Trac traction control system and the Brembo brakes with carbon ceramic discs.