Ferrari California T

Prestige issue 260, March 2015

Report by Stephanie Salha

Sportiness, elegance and versatility

Whether adept, pro or just an amateur of race cars, no one can remain indifferent in front of a Ferrari, luxurious, fascinating and imposing. Invited to Dubai by Scuderia Lebanon sal, official importer of Ferrari in Lebanon for a test drive of the brand new 2015 model of the beautiful Italian, the Ferrari California T, for a one day time, it was more than a single experience of driving, a beautiful dream, a thunderbolt. The combination of sublime architecture, controls and the new engine of California T ensures a consistent pleasure behind the wheel at all times in the perfect style of a GT model. I who love cars, I admit having succumbed to the irresistible charm of this Ferrari, a simple and comfortable car, both elegant and powerful. The engine rumbles, Ferrari rolls smoothly. Overview with Prestige.

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 The speed changes in 3.6 seconds from 0 to 100 Km/h

The California T boasts striking standards of innovation while retaining signature features such as the successful 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 turbo engine. Maranello’s engineers have created an entirely new power unit which delivers absolutely superb levels of performance, blistering pick-up and the most exhilarating soundtrack any turbo has ever yielded.

The direct-injection, 3855 cc turbo 8-cylinder is mounted very low in the chassis in a mid-front position and delivers 560 cv at 7500 rpm, which translates into a specific power output of 145 cv/l – the highest in its category – as along with maximum torque of 755 Nm. Figures that give the California T extraordinary acceleration over the 0 to 100 km/h sprint which it covers in just 3.6 seconds.

As in Formula 1 this season, turbo-charging is used to cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Compared to the outgoing model, fuel consumption is down by around 15 per cent* despite 70 cv more power and a 49 per cent increase in torque.

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 which controls the high performance ABS for a short 100 to 0 km/h braking distance of just 34 metres.

 

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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.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

E67B4157

 

 

 

ENGINE

Type                                                   direct-injection 90° V8

Total displacement                     3,855 cc

Maximum power                        412 kW (560 cv) at 7500 rpm

Maximum torque                       755 Nm (77 kgm) at 4750 rpm

 

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Length                                               4570 mm

Width                                                  1910 mm

Height                                                1322 mm

Dry weight                                       1625 kg

Weight distribution                     47% front – 53% rear

 

PERFORMANCE

Top speed                                        316 km/h

0-100 km/h                                     3.6 s

 

FUEL CONSUMPTION

10.5 l/100 km

 

C0 2 EMISSIONS 

250 g/km

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The speed changes in 3.6 seconds from 0 to 100 Km/h