WR TV: 2012 Ferrari California

By Bradley Iger

September 03, 2014

This week we're taking full advantage of the summer weather by spending it behind the wheel of an open top Ferrari. Yes, it's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.
Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2008, the modern California brought with it a number of firsts for Ferrari. As a completely new car in the Ferrari lineup, it was the first Ferrari with a front engined V-8, a direct injection system, a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, a retractable hardtop roof, and a multi-link rear suspension. With these innovations, Ferrari was able to offer a car that was very adept as a grand tourer, but also equally capable of delivering blistering performance when called upon to do so.
Under the hood of this 2+2 hard top convertible is a 4.3-liter direct injected V8, outputting 460 horsepower and 358 lb-ft of torque. Flat out, the California can go from 0–60 mph in 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 193 mph.
This particular example comes well equipped with Daytona seats, Alcantara interior carpet, and a healthy dose of carbon fiber accents both inside and out. Let's take it for a spin, shall we? 




Special thanks goes out to Aaron Bambach at Cauley Ferrari in West Bloomfield, MI. Click here to check out their Facebook page as well.
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