One day into the 66th Frankfurt International Motor Show and it is clear who has emerged as the start of the show. The 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider indeed caught the attention of everyone especially that of the press. From the journalists to the TV cameras and photographers, everybody crowded from morning until evening in order to see Maranello’s exhibit.
However the excitement did not start with the presentation of the 488 Spider. Rather it was with the announcement that Apple’s CarPlay will now be included in the whole range of Ferrari’s offering. It initially debuted with Ferrari FF and will now be part of the Ferrari California T as well.
In fact, two of the Tailor Made California T’s also drew additional attention. The first California T has the Grigio Titanio glossy bodywork. Meanwhile, the interior has the black and Antracite top leather with the fabric Blu Microprestige interior trim.
The second one is a throwback to the sporting legacy of the 1957 250 TR. This particular model was originally unveiled during the 1,000 Kilometre race held at Buenos Aires in January 1958. This California T carries that Piano Black exterior with the white and red detail for the front bumpers plus the Grigio Ferro Met matte grille.
The cabin on the interior mirrors the exterior by mixing the Rosso Cremisi with black leather as expected from the classic car.
Making the California T even more enticing is the use of the F1-Trac. For one it gives maximum acceleration especially when cornering.
The F1-Trac also makes use of the ESP 8.0 Premium system integrated with the CCM3 carbon-ceramic brakes with the latest composite pads and discs. This can control the ABS in order to achieve short stopping distances, specifically 34 meters 100 km/h to 0 km/h. By combining everything, it gives what every customer wants from the California T.
Dynamic controls, uncompromising architecture and a relaxed yet challenging driving experience – all of these truly reflect the Grand Tourer style. In order to retain the original dimensions of the California T while giving it a new personality, Ferrari’s own Styling Center worked in partnership with Pininfarina to revise its design.
The result is that the flanks serve as a tribute to the famed pontoon-fender styling of the 250 Testa Rossa. Other changes include the front wing line which stretches to its muscular and compact rear giving movement to its sides and an aerodynamic sleekness. The rear portion gets additional benefit through careful research on aerodynamics with the triple-fence diffuser.
The hood now has air vents that enhance the front radiator’s efficiency while helping to reduce the overall dimensions. Furthermore, the front bumper’s lower section has been profiled in order to better channel the air to its intercoolers.
Finally the cabin is hand-finished and has been trimmed with the luxurious semi-aniline leather. The actual space in the cabin is flexible. It also offers a generous boot capacity with either the top opened or closed. This is due to the exchange between the rear seats and the luggage compartment.