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Ferrari California
Ferrari California '08
Appears in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
Type in GT5 PR[1]
Interior in GT6 Detailed[2]
Manufacturer Ferrari
Displacement 4297 cc
Drivetrain FR[3]
Aspiration NA
Engine Ferrari F136 I
Max Power 454 HP
0-60 Mph 4.0 seconds
Standing Quarter Mile 12.3 seconds
Top Speed 193 miles per hour (311 km/h)

The Ferrari California is a grand touring sports car that was launched by Ferrari at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It is a two door "2+2" hard top convertible. The California is powered by a front-mid mounted, petrol direct injection 4.3 Liter V8, sending a claimed 460 CV (340 kW; 450 hp) to the rear wheels. The car revives the "California" name from the late-1950s Ferrari 250 GT.

This car appears in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, Gran Turismo 5, and Gran Turismo 6

ConceptEdit

The California represents a number of firsts for Ferrari:

  • The first Ferrari with a V8 engine that would be mounted in the front area of the vehicle
  • The first Ferrari that would feature a 7-speed dual clutch transmission
  • The first with a folding metal roof
  • The first with a multi-link rear suspension
  • The first with direct petrol injection

According to some sources, the California originally started as a concept for a new Maserati the resulting expense to produce the car needed the Ferrari badge to justify the ideal return on the investment. The California represents a new, fourth model range for the company.

DescriptionEdit

"A Ferrari daily driver: their first V8 front-engine, rear-wheel drive."


Famed Italian exotic car manufacturer Ferrari announced its new stunning roadster, the Ferrari California after the legendary model of the 1950s-1960s at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008.

As a precursor to this launch, an original movie created by Gran Turismo was released on a special Ferrari website, allowing the world to experience the dynamic driving style of the car just before its debut.

The Ferrari California was the company's first commercially available V-8-powered FR (Front-engine, Rear-drive) sports car to feature a fully retractable convertible hardtop. Its styling was penned by Italian design house Pininfarina, and recalled the artful lines of the soft-top 250 GT and California Spider of yesteryear.

Under the hood was an all new longitudinally-mounted 4.3-liter V-8 that churned out an impressive 454 HP. Its acceleration was equal to that of the fabulous Ferrari F430. Chassis composition was an all aluminum space frame, but the California utilizes the company's first multilink suspension. High-tech carbon ceramic brakes came as standard equipment.

The interior and luggage area (with folding rear seats) were bathed in luxurious materials, and drivers and passengers found that the car was extremely comfortable and refined, ideal for a long cross-country drive. As a high quality sports car that was practical for daily use, the Ferrari California not only conquered new territories for Ferrari but attracted a new kind of buyer as well.

Acquisition in Gran TurismoEdit

GT5Edit

The California is featured in Gran Turismo 5 as a premium Car. It can be purchased from the Ferrari dealership for 236.000 Credits as a Level 11 car.

GT6Edit

This car can be purchased for 236.000 Credits. It is a detailed car.

NotesEdit

  1. Appears as a Premium Car in Gran Turismo 5
  2. Appears as a detailed car in Gran Turismo 6
  3. Front-Engined, Rear-Wheel Drive

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