Overview of the Ferrari CaliforniaLearn about the Ferrari California
Originally made available in 2008, the Ferrari California represented a number of firsts for the iconic Italian manufacturers. Not only was it the first model to be equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and aluminum folding roof, but the Ferrari California was also the first Ferrari vehicle to be designed by the in-house creative team. Thought to be an entry-level model for those unfamiliar with the brand, the convertible featured Ferrari's trademarked luxury and blistering power. Its final year of production was 2017, as the vehicle was effectively replaced by the Ferrari Portofino in 2018.
Although it was outfitted with the manufacturer's traditional Brembo brakes and Carbon-Ceramic Material (CCM) discs, the Ferrari California was designed to offer a braking system with much more everyday functionality than is usually found on Ferrari vehicles. Typically, these brakes are particularly aggressive, owing to the vehicle's rich history of performance racing. The 2010 Ferrari California comes standard with several safety features, including anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, which combine to improve traction and stop the vehicle from skidding when fully braked. Drivers also have the option to cherry-pick features and packages from an exhaustive list, including adaptive headlights, front parking sensors and cruise control.
With an interior befitting its luxurious price tag, the Ferrari California is built to impress. Adorned throughout with fine Italian leather and premium accents, the vehicle has an undeniably sharp cabin design. Due to its slightly compact size, the Ferrari California offers a 2+ seating concept option rather than the traditional 2+2. While this means that passengers are likely to find the vehicle's rear seats too small for long-distance rides, the vehicle is configured to make the most of its limited space. Drivers can opt to have rear seats up, fold them down or replace them entirely with a rear bench for additional storage.
As its luxury status might imply, even older models of the Ferrari California feature a reasonable number of technological systems. The 2010 Ferrari California comes standard with:
- Steering-wheel-mounted Manettino dial to control a wide selection of dynamic driving functions
- Infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display
- Hard-drive music storage and iPod connectivity
Newer models of the Ferrari California add even more value, updating the vehicle with USB, Bluetooth and SiriusXM satellite radio. The 2017 model also includes the Turbo Performance Engineer (TPE), a round touchscreen display with five display modes: time, outside temperature, turbo pressure, turbo response and turbo efficiency.
Built for fun-and-sun-filled drives along the coast, the Ferrari California features a compact convertible design. While the front seats are spacious and comfortable, giving passengers plenty of room to stretch out, some drivers have noted that the rear seats are cramped. Thanks to the vehicle's versatile design, however, the Ferrari California can be reconfigured to make the most of its available space. The vehicle offers an impressive 12 cubic feet of trunk space when the top is up and 8.5 cubic feet when the top is down.
The rear-wheel drive 2010 Ferrari California is equipped with a 460-horsepower 4.3 L V8 engine to capture the brand's signature power. Capable of going from 0 to 100 km/h in under four seconds, the sporty convertible delivers a smooth ride with responsive steering. The direct-injected V8 engine, another first for the Italian brand, sounds and performs great. While some Ferrari purists might dislike the innovative additions to the Ferrari California on paper, they're likely to forgive and forget after one turn behind the wheel.
Pros and cons of the Ferrari California
- First Ferrari to feature a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
- Powerful V-8 engine
- Undeniably luxurious interior
- Long list of available upgrades
- Can be expensive to maintain
- Heavier build than traditional Ferrari vehicles
- Smaller back seat compared to 2+2 competitors
Specifications of the Ferrari CaliforniaKey specifications available across all trim levels
- Seats2 - 4
- Fuel typeGas
- City consumption18.1 L/100km
- Highway consumption12.3 L/100km
- Width1902 - 1910 mm
- Length4562 - 4570 mm
- Trunk space-
- Cargo space-
Trims available with the Ferrari CaliforniaWhat is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Ferrari California 2010 - 2017 is available in 1 trim:
Basic trim features and specs
- 2 climate zones
- Air conditioning (automatic)
- Center arm rest between front seats
- Driver seat has lumbar support
- Electric windows
- Electrically adjustable front seats
- Emergency wheel (optional)
- Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
- Heated front seats
- Leather steering wheel
- Multifunction steering wheel
- Paddle shifters
- Passenger seat has lumbar support
- Power steering
- Sport seats in the front (optional)
- Tire repair kit
- Adaptive bending lights (optional)
- Alloy wheels
- Bi-Xenon headlights
- Daytime running lights
- Door mirrors electrically adjustable
- Headlight cleaners
- LED daytime running lights
- Rollover bar
- Short wheel base
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Dimming interior mirror
- Disc brakes
- Dusk sensor
- Electronic traction control
- Front-driver airbag
- Front-passenger airbag
- Rain sensor
- Rear-wheel drive
- Side airbag (optional)
- Side curtain airbag (optional)
- Stability control
- Tire pressure indicator
- CD player
- Cruise control (optional)
- Digital radio (optional)
- Front sensors (optional)
- Hill start assist (optional)
- MP3-CD player
- Navigation system
- Power door locks
- Rear sensors
- Rear view camera (optional)
- Speed limiter (optional)
- Start stop system (optional)
- USB port for front passengers
Frequently asked questions about the Ferrari California
Canadians can find the 2010 Ferrari California within a price range of $140,000 to $155,000.
First-generation models of the Ferrari California offer drivers a top speed of over 300 km/h and can go from 0 to 100 km/h under four seconds.
Although the Ferrari California is designed to be an entry-level vehicle, the Italian supercar is undoubtedly still more expensive to maintain than some other models.
Yes, the Ferrari California is the first by the manufacturer to feature an aluminum folding roof.
The Ferrari California offers an impressive 12 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up and 8.5 cubic feet with the top down.