Sunday, May 25, 2008

Ferrari California

The car of your dreams is finally here. Or mine anyway. Although my number one "car that I can never afford" is still the Aston Martin DB9, the Ferrari California is being touted as one of the most beautiful contemporary Ferraris ever built, and I'd have to agree with that. As well as a featuring a stunning exterior, it features a folding hard top (a Ferrari first), and an upgrade of the F430 engine. Unlike the 4.3 litre V8, the California's engine has direct injection that helps boost power to 460bhp at 7,500rpm. The engine is mounted in the front but as far back in the bulkhead as possible to improve the car's handling.

Although there are still few details about performance, rumours suggest that it will do 0-60mph in under 4 seconds, while its seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox is another Ferrari first. Expected price is bound to be over $280,000 - so better start saving now.

Source: Shortlist

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