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.