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.
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.