The entry level model in Ferrari’s lineup, the California convertible, is unique in comparison to any model that’s come from Maranello before it. The svelte looking Ferrari has the automaker’s first dual clutch automated manual transmission and is also its first front-mounted model powered by a V-8 engine.
And if that’s not enough, the 2011 Ferrari California also packs direct fuel injection and when equipped with the HELE (High Emotion Low Emissions) system offered in certain markets it also gets an engine stop-start system.
But let’s not get into how green this car is. At the end of the day, the California is still a Ferrari and that means performance always comes first. Power comes from a 4.3-liter V-8 and peaks at 460 horsepower and 358 pound-feet of torque. Special features of the engine are its flat crankshaft design and aluminum construction for both the cylinder block and heads.
Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a brand new seven-speed...