Top Gear reviews the new Ferrari California

Sunday, July 1, 20120 comments

How To Add Manliness: a Maranello Recipe. (1) Take one California. (2) Add 30bhp, 14lb ft of torque and four new types of aluminium. (3) Blend until angry. That's how Ferrari - perhaps slightly piqued by suggestions its V8-engined folding hard top wasn't brawny enough to befit the Prancing Horse badge - has gone about upping the California's Y chromosome content, and the results are suitably macho.
With its extra power (liberated by a new exhaust, revised ECU and a very clever new reed valve in the lower crankcase) and stiffer chassis, the California is no limp-wristed relative to the 458 and FF. Though Ferrari admits the California is still aimed at a less chest-thumping audience, this is a proper supercar: flattening the 0-62mph sprint in 3.8secs on its way to a 194mph top speed, whanging up through the gears like a foldy-roofed banshee, cornering with face-restyling force.

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