Pop quiz: The Ferrari California gained an optional manual transmission in early 2010, but how many examples of the retractable-hardtop roadster were built with such a gearbox?
Two. That’s not two percent of all volume, but two cars period.
That’s a pittance, even given Ferrari’s limited volumes. In fact, given roughly 8000 Californias have been sold since its debut, that works out to roughly a .025 percent take rate for the six-speed option. It’s no wonder then that Ferrari has since discontinued the gearbox on the revised 2013 California.
Will purists be upset? Perhaps, but the seven-speed F1 dual-clutch does offer lightening-quick shifts when so desired, but offers the automated convenience many California buyers actually seek. It’s the best of both worlds – and for icing on the cake, the F1 gearbox also manages to improve both performance metrics and fuel economy.
For more on the 2013 Ferrari California, click here to read our first drive review.