2009 Ferrari California

David Yochum
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2009 Ferrari California

Talk about a California special.

Ferrari has released the first official photographs of its sexy, V-8 powered Ferrari California grand tourer.

Available exclusively as a folding hard top convertible, the California's chassis and bodywork are all-aluminum, and the car's front-mounted, 4.3-liter, 454-hp direct injection V-8 is coupled to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. With more power than a Maserati Granturismo S, Ferrari says the California should sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4.0 seconds.

A new multilink rear suspension system enhances the Ferrari's ride comfort, and the California is also equipped with the exclusive F1-Trac traction control system (which debuted on the 599 GTB Fiorano). Brembo brakes with carbon-ceramic discs will come standard.

Complementing the Ferrari's classic styling cues is a cabin lined with new seats, steering wheel, instrument panel and infotainment system.

More information about the California should be available before the car is officially unveiled at the Paris auto show.

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