2009 Ferrari California: first details and photos

2009 Ferrari California photos

2009 Ferrari California

The Italian car-maker has just revealed some info on its 2009 Ferrari California grand-tourer. Designed as a hard-top convertible with a 2+2 seating formula, the upcoming sports car offers a very nice combination of a powerful engine and a well-designed body with lots of natural curves and surfaces flowing smoothly, but in a very dynamic way, around its huge V8 powerplant.

Equipped with a 460 hp 4.3-liter mid-front placed V8 engine with direct fuel injection, the rear-wheel drive convertible, which is designed to compete against the legendary Porsche 911 Carrera S and the elegant Aston Martin DB9 Volante, fits neatly between the entry-level F430 and more advanced Ferrari 612 Scaglietti model.

2009 Ferrari California

Although sporting quite an ordinary (but still irresistibly beautiful) design, Ferrari California seems to be a step forward for the company.

For the first time, a Ferrari is fitted with a folding metal hardtop, a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission you won’t even notice shifting gears, and a multi-link rear suspension that greatly improves the car’s handling.

2009 Ferrari California (rear view)

Independent testing of the car is still months away but it has a good chance to become one of those few open-top GT models that are not only good-looking, but also comfortable and fun to drive.

Set to be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in September, the car features an aluminum body, carbon-ceramic brakes and the F1-Trac traction system outsourced from the gorgeous Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.

2009 Ferrari California (interior)

Photos: Ferrari

See also: Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Wallpaper*