Ferrari California with fuel-efficient V8 expected at the Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on September 7, 2010

Ferrari has big plans for this year’s Paris Motor Show, as the Italian manufacturer will unveil a green version of the smaller California coupe-cabriolet. Apparently, the car will now not feature a hybrid powertrain or stop-start technology, but we will see a refined V8 engine with a more sophisticated direct injection system , as well as a new system capable to disable cylinders.

Also, the system which will recover the energy during braking will also be installed on the new car, but also low friction tires. For those who don’t know, the standard version of the Ferrari California features a 4.3-liter V8 engine delivering 460 hp/338 kW at 7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 485 Nm (49 kgm) at 5,000 rpm.

It can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.0 seconds while the top speed is 310 km/h or 192 mph. The V8 engine consumes just 13.1 litres/100 km (ECE combined) and has carbon emissions of 305.6 g\km (ECE combined). Same engine is mated to a dual clutch gearbox (7-speed + reverse) with the now traditional steering wheel-mounted F1-style paddles.

The Ferrari California is in a class of its own as inspired by 1957 250 California, which is considered as one of the most iconic Ferrari vehicles. This open top model from 1957 was regarded as a symbol of superb sportiness and performance as well as sophistication.

Made for the track, the 1957 250 California was in a level of its own. The winning formula of the 1957 250 California is now inherited by the Ferrari California, which is powered by an eight-cylinder engine that usually runs most of Ferrari's very high performance models.

Moreover, the Ferrari California, with its genes honed for the track, surpasses all expectations of the carmaker's customers, including the most discerning ones. After all, the Ferrari California is capable of providing astounding driving experience and enjoyment as well as delivering the convenience and comfort typically wanted by clients, both inside and out.

Ferrari California comes exclusively as a convertible, featuring a retractable folding hard top in either of the two available versions: a two-seater with a traditional rear bench, or a 2+ version with a rear bench equipped with seating for one to two passengers.

Aside from the retractable hard top and the 2+ concept, the Ferrari California could also be availed in any of several breathtaking specs like a new direct injection V8 engine, or a seven-speed transmission with steering wheel-mounted F1-style paddles and a new dual clutch.

Customers could also avail of the new suspension system that features double wishbones at the front and multilink at the rear as well as the upgraded F1-Trac traction control system. Brembo brakes with CCM (carbon ceramic material) discs as standard are offered as standard equipment for the Ferrari California.

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