In-Depth: Ferrari California T
The Ferrari California T is the latest model in a line that began back in 1957 and has been offering an elegant, sporty drive ever since. It’s the only model in the brand’s lineup that comes with a retractable hardtop, other than the Ferrari 488 Spider, of course. Like other models, the California T offers a build-your-own system. While that’s fine and dandy, let’s take a closer look at what makes the Ferrari California T the car of choice for cruising the coast.
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Like all Ferrari models that feature an available configurator, the Ferrari California T is available in well over two dozen exterior colors, a sweet selection of rim choices, and much, much more. Customization is surely an important part of a supercar but what comes standard could make or break the car-owner relationship.
The latest in the legendary line, the California T boasts flanks inspired by the 250 Testa Rossa’s, also known as the Ferrari TR, pontoon-fender styling. The laid back front wing line stretches to the rear, adding a fluid and aerodynamic look to the supercar. Wielding the power granted by a large front grille, two vents help cool the engine.
As for the rear, the new horizontal styling elements combined with aerodynamic testing equals a triple-fence diffuser. This supercar also features a retractable hardtop that folds (or unfolds) and stores (or secures) itself in just 14 seconds. When it comes to the California T’s paint, expect nothing but deep and glossy perfection.
Like the exterior, the California T’s interior is customizable to the driver’s desire. With more than a dozen colors, stitching options, carpet choice, accessories, and much more, this is a supercar that takes customization to the next level.
Function and comfort come first in the cabin of the California T. The multi-functional steering wheels, round air vents, and signature F1 bridge all scream Ferrari. Created with the highest quality craftsmanship and the finest materials, the latest California T is the definition of luxury.
A Turbo Performance Engineer is just one of many instruments that spell sophistication with its digital display and touch-sensitive scroll. Located between the center dual air vents, it displays the output of the turbocharged V8 engine, offering optimal responsiveness and efficiency. Equipped with the latest Sport infotainment system software, the California T is ready for a drive down the coast.
Under the Hood
So, what’s under the hood of this masterful interior and exterior design? Glad you asked.
A 3.8-liter turbocharged V8 engine that pumps out 553 hp and 557 lb-ft of torque powers the latest Ferrari California T. Mated to a dual-clutch seven speed transmission, the California T launches to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.6 seconds. Reaching 124 mph (200 km/h) in just 11.2 seconds, the California T boasts a top speed of 196 mph. Weighing in at just over 3,800 lbs., this is one supercar that commands the road.
With incredible power comes great responsibility at the pump. The Ferrari California T earns an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city and 23 mpg hwy.
This kind of innovation, style, and power doesn’t go unnoticed. The Ferrari California T has earned its fair share of awards. Here’s the rundown.
- Red Dot Award from Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen (Germany)
- Convertible of the Year from UAE’s Wheels Magazine (United Arab Emirates)
- Most Stylish Car of the Year from Schweizer Illustrierte (Switzerland)
The Ferrari California T just barely tops $200,000, making it one of the more affordable supercars in the legendary brand’s lineup.
Joseph Pudlewski is somewhat of a writer and editor living in the village of Anna, Ohio. A graduate of Wright State University, he holds a B.A. in English and enjoys reading anything by Jules Verne. A third generation American, he chose to forego joining the Air Force, unlike his father and grandfather before him. He would much rather keep his feet on the ground, hence his interest in the automotive industry, although he has no fear of flying. In addition to reading and writing, he also enjoys playing video games and spending time with family.