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Ferrari California 2013

Italian Auto maker Ferrari has announced that they will be officially showcasing the 2013 Ferrari California at the Geneva Auto Show which will be held in Switzerland next month. The latest model is faster and lighter than any of its predecessors, features a retractable hard top and can accommodate more than persons in its cabin. The elegant yet sporty look of the 2013 California is sure to attract many customers when it hits the markets.

The 2013 Ferrari California has been equipped with an improved body framework that has been designed and developed by the Scaglietti Centre of Excellence. The car frame has been manufactured using advance aluminium construction and fabrication procedures which have greatly reduced the weight of the car by around 30 kilograms without compromising on aerodynamic performance and stability of the car. The customers also have the option to install the Handling Special tuning package that makes the driving experience even more enjoyable by improving the control over the car. The tuning package involves an enhanced suspension system that improves stability and reduces body roll. The car will also receive the stiffer springs and Magnetorehological damper upgrades which are also supposed to provide a comfortable driving experience.

Under the hood, the Ferrari California has been equipped with GDI V-8 engine unit that generates a power output of 490 Horsepower and a torque of 505 N-m for the wheels. The engine has been modified with latest technologies to give the best performance on the road. The California 2013 takes only 3.8 seconds to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour. Ferrari has also provided the latest California model with an improved steering system that is responsible for 10 percent quicker steering ratio and allows for high speed turning.Ferrari is also offering its much acclaimed seven-year standard maintenance program free with the California 2013 which is an added bonus for potential buyers.



Maranello, 15 February 2012 – The Geneva Motor Show will see the official debut of the new version of the Ferrari California, production of which has already commenced, with a reduction of weight of 30 kg and an increase in power output of 30 CV.

The Ferrari California’s GDI V8 now delivers 490 hp with maximum torque of 505 Nm at 5,000 rpm, thanks to new exhaust manifolds and engine mapping. The torque curve has also been modified and is higher across the engine’s generous rev range.

Cutting-edge aluminium fabrication techniques and construction technologies used by the Scaglietti Centre of Excellence in the manufacture of the Ferrari California’s chassis, have led to an overall reduction of 30 kg in the car’s weight without impinging in any way on its structural rigidity and performance.

These enhancements have improved the Ferrari’s California’s performance, reducing its 0-100 km/acceleration time to 3.8 seconds. This heightens its sporty feel without detracting from the mission and character of a car that has won universal acclaim for its performance and exceptional versatility resulting from its retractable hard top and 2+ seating.

To meet the needs of clients desiring a more dynamic, yet not overly extreme, driving experience, an optional Handling Speciale package has been developed which encompasses modifications to the suspension set-up that minimise body roll and make the car even more responsive to driver inputs.

The Handling Speciale package includes Magnetorheological dampers controlled by an even faster ECU (-50% response time) running patented Ferrari software. The package also features stiffer springs for more precise body control combined with a comfortable ride. Lastly, the California benefits from faster turn-in with smaller steering wheel angles thanks to a new steering box with a 10 per cent quicker steering ratio.

All these new features combine to underscore the California’s sporty prowess without affecting its high-performance grand touring vocation – an achievement very much in line with Ferrari’s DNA.

The technical features are matched by a new, even more extensive choice of colours developed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, including two-tone finishes, three-layer paint technology and modern re-interpretations of classic colour schemes which increase the exclusive personalisation possibilities even further. In addition, the Ferrari California benefits from the free seven-year standard maintenance programme.

The availability of the lighter and more powerful vehicle, along with the optional Handling Speciale package, varies according to each market with first deliveries scheduled for Europe.

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