The Ferrari California T is
now available in India for Rs 3.45 crore (ex showroom Mumbai). The car comes
with a new turbocharged V8 engine, an increase in torque by 49pc and a
reduction of 15pc% in fuel consumption.
The car is powered by a direct injection V8 engine with a total
displacement of 3855cc that produces 553bhp @ 7500rpm and a peak torque of
Direct-injection 90° V8
3 855 cc
412 kW at 7 500 rpm 553bhp
755 Nm at 4 750 rpm
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
4 570 mm
1 910 mm
1 322 mm
1 625 kg
47% front – 53% rear
10.5-litres per 100 km
The car is now available in
Mumbai, with the newly-appointed Ferrari Dealer, Navnit Motors Pvt. Ltd., a
company headed by Sharad Kachalia. The state of the art Ferrari showroom is
expected to open in October 2015, and will be located at Bandra-Kurla
The California T retains features
such as the successful 2+2 concept, a refined cabin and, of course, the
retractable hard top (RHT) which transforms it from a chic coupé into a sleekly
sophisticated spider in a mere 14 seconds.
The model brims with a host of
new solutions, not least of which is its 8-cylinder turbocharged engine. This
is also the first time virtually zero turbo lag has been achieved on an engine
of this type, guaranteeing instantaneous response to commands and, as with
naturally-aspirated power units, a torque curve that increases constantly
across the rev range thanks to Variable Boost Management.
The car can accelerate from 0
to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. The California T’s engine also benefits from
several other solutions used on the single-seater - not least the compact, very
low- inertia twin-scroll turbines to ensure ultra-sharp throttle response.
Expert Scuderia methodologies and the plant are also used for certain phases of
its production, particularly at the casting stage.
The exhilarating Ferrari
engine sound was achieved through meticulous design work and the use of special
manufacturing techniques for essential components, such as the flat-plane
crankshaft and the three-piece cast exhaust manifold and turbo housing. The
engine produces a powerful, engaging sound during both the intake and exhaust
phases, becoming even more potent as engine speed increases. This the first
time a result of this kind has ever been achieved with a turbo engine.
The California T delivers true
sports car dynamics as well, thanks to reduced steering wheel activity and
improved steering response to driver input, courtesy of a new steering box and
suspension set-up. New springs and latest-generation Magnaride dampers (which
respond 50 per cent faster), combined with body motion accelerometers, reduce
roll and pitch for more precise handling whilst still guaranteeing an
incredibly comfortable ride.
The California T also has the
latest evolution of the F1-Trac traction control system for maximum
acceleration out of corners, thereby underscoring the sportier side of its
The CCM3 carbon-ceramic
braking system is also extremely efficient with new composite discs and pads.
The brakes are integrated with the ESP 8.0 premium system which controls the
high performance ABS for a short 100 to 0 km/h braking distance of just 34
Considerable attention was
paid to the design, maintaining the outgoing model’s overall dimensions while
ensuring that the California T has a new, individual personality. The sleek
proportions were penned by the Ferrari Styling Centre in collaboration with
Pininfarina and are very much in keeping with the Ferrari front-engined ethos.
The shape of the California T’s flanks is inspired by the 250 Testa Rossa’s
famous pontoon-fender styling, with the front wing line stretching back towards
the compact, muscular rear, bringing an aerodynamic sleekness and movement to
the sides. The rear benefits from meticulous aerodynamic research resulting in
a new triple-fence diffuser.
The California T’s cabin was
designed to be as ergonomic as possible and exudes a sense of warmth and
craftsmanship, with luxurious Frau semi-aniline leather trim. The interior
space is flexible so that owners can make the most efficient use of the boot
capacity even with the top down, thanks to the opening between the luggage
compartment and rear seats.
The human-machine interface
encompasses the Ferrari steering wheel with integrated controls while the Turbo
Performance Engineer (TPE) takes pride of place between the two air vents in
the centre of the dash. The TPE display boasts a capacitive touch-sensitive
surround to scroll through screens with information on making the most of the
new engine’s performance. The California
T also features a new infotainment system with an extremely intuitive,
high-resolution 6.5-inch screen featuring both touch-screen and conventional
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