The first photos of the new Ferrari California with its roof up have been released. And to our eyes at least, it's a looker.
Elements of Maserati's GranTurismo can be seen in the picture above, yet the new Fezza remains true to the Prancing Horse badge. The colour, if you're interested, is called Azzurro California.
Also revealed, is the fact that this is the first time that a seven-speed dual clutch has been used in a Ferrari. According to Maranello, "The system utilised on the Ferrari California cuts the gear shifting time effectively to zero and enhances to the utmost the car’s performance in terms of comfort and driveability." And yes, it has a Launch Control function.
Ferrari also says the California delivers “significant downforce values”, quoted as 70kg at 200km/h.
The retractable hard top closes in 14 seconds, making it one of the faster metal folding roofs around. Losing around 100-litres of capacity when the roof is down, the boot space with the hard top up, is 360-litres.
Also revealed are the proportions of the car, with a length of 4560mm, a width of 1900mm and a wheelbase of 2700mm.
Fuel consumption is listed at 13.2 l/100 km with CO2 emission levels of around 310 g/km.
“I am very satisfied indeed with the work that the women and men of Ferrari have done,” said Luca di Montezemolo, President of Ferrari. “The California is an extraordinary car and I was delighted with the performance, comfort and driving pleasure it delivered. The California is, like all of our models, the epitome of cutting-edge innovation. Its gearbox, suspensions and chassis are the most advanced possible."