May 14, 2008 Ferrari has released three enticing photographs of the new California with further details to be drip-fed in the build up to the car's official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show on October 1.
A first for Ferrari, the California's 4,300 cc V8 engine will be mounted in the in the mid-front position. The powerplant features direct fuel injection and a “flat” crankshaft, generating 460 hp at 7,500 rpm and achieving 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 4.0 seconds. The 7-speed dual clutch transmission will also reduce fuel consumption and keep emissions to c.310 g/km CO2 according to Ferrari.
Available exclusively as a 2+ seater convertible hard top, the new Ferrari California will also sport aluminum chassis and bodywork, new multilink rear suspension system, F1-Trac traction control system (which made its debut on the 599 GTB Fiorano) and Brembo brakes featuring carbon-ceramic material discs as standard.
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