Unimpressed by the efficiency and quickness of modern dual-clutch gearboxes, a number of purist Ferrari owners still prefer to engage their gears with a depression of the leftmost pedal and throw of the arm. It’s such an influential group that Maranello deliberately engineered its chic California grand tourer (which is laden with the newest in F1-derived technology) to also house a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s reportedly now available for European dealers to order, a year after the California’s introduction.
The box utilizes double-cone synchronizers on each of the six cogs to ensure a reduction in engagement force and smooth operation in situations. It’s rear mounted like the dual-clutch assembly in order to maintain the claimed 47 percent front, 53 percent rear weight distribution.
Unfortunately, manual buyers will pay a small price in terms of straight line performance and efficiency. A dash to 62 mph now takes 4.2 seconds (versus 3.5 seconds to 60 mph with dual-clutch onboard), with a combined fuel economy of 14.9 l/100 km (15.79 mpg) on the Euro cycle. Previously, drivers could hope to achieve 13.1 l/100km combined (17.96 mpg) with a light right foot.
Officials are tight-lipped as to if and when the manual option will arrive Stateside, but we don’t doubt a few outfitted examples will come our way.