The Italian luxury sports car manufacturer Ferrari was honoured in 1929 and since its inception the Italian carmaker is coming out with flamboyant designs from its pandora box. The brand has come up with the new “Ferrari California T” reincarnation of the earlier 1950's California model under the coupe segment with retractable hardtop. The new California T is a sumptuously crafted prancing horse aesthetically crafted as a grand tourer. Ferrari manoeuvred the California T in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show, presenting a new chronicle of exuberance for the Ferrari fans. California T is an entry level vehicle offered by Ferrari with improved mutations and a tweaked engine.
Engine, mileage and variants
With alluring body architecture, California T features a rumbling 3.9 Litre V8 engine gasping air to burn out a maximum power of 560 hp at 7500 rpm. The rear wheel mounted drive splashes the California T pushing the car at 755 Nm of torque at 4750 rpm. The improvised 7-speed F1 dual clutch transmission coupled with the V8 engine catapults the grand tourer to a figure of 100 km/hr in just 3.6 seconds and continues to ascend until it reaches a top speed of 315 km/hr. California T features a weight reduction strategy which allows it to deliver decent mileage of 9.5 km/l.
California T swaggers its congenial looks with classical Ferrari proportions, the robust vehicle is crafted with acute amalgamation of detailing and refined mechanics. The tourer features the iconic pontoon fender styling with its front wing line escalating back and meeting its muscular rear to bring about an aerodynamic sleekness protruding a pleasant silhouette. Ferrari California T features a munificent appearing multiple blade grille with a mustang emblem incorporating the classic headlamps of Ferrari lending an aura of sportiness. The intensive aerodynamics and horizontal styling results in triple fence diffuser cutting air to reduce drag offering swift propulsion. The credit of such masterpiece goes behind the shelving of metal into dimensions measuring as 4569 mm X 1910 mm X 1320 mm. The prancing horse is anchored by machine finished 19-inch alloy wheels which comes with a standard tyre size of 245/40 ZR 19 at the front and 285/40 ZR to the rear.
The euphoria of exteriors dives in with same pace towards the interiors with seamless melding of modular volumes and royal finished cabin. The cockpit of the new California T makes one realize the ethics of the Prancing Horse styling. The tourer features the classic F1 inspired multi-functional steering wheel having clear division between dash and tunnel proffering ergonomically arranged controls within reach of driver for easy access. The hand crafted leather upholstered seats with sophisticated materials offers a royal ambiance inside the vehicle. California T holds a highly intuitive infotainment system welded with navigation and internet for hassle free driving experience. Apart from this, Ferrari California T proffers a generous boot volume of 340-litres.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
The prancing horse can be baited to its highest speed without being formidable of the safety, as the Italian carmaker has loaded it with plethora of them. The tourer features specialized carbon ceramic brakes reducing the unsprung mass of the car. At the front the chassis is bulwarked with Double wishbone suspension and multi-link suspension at the rear which comes with a unanimous magnetorheological suspension that is potent to alter damping force with varying viscosity of damping fluid making the ride adaptive as per the road conditions. The finesse of safety does not stalls here as the tourer proffers CST with F1 TRAC system having stability control of the car enhancing sharp manoeuvring at acute turns.
Ferrari California T can be summarized as an amalgamation of the aesthetics and elegance of 458 along with the power of Berlinetta, making it a prime choice for Ferrari enthusiasts. With roof up it betrays a little not being a coupe, while roof down it maintains the authentic F1 feel.