The California originally made only its second worldwide appearance at the Australian International Motor Show last year, beginning the tentative wait until its arrival in local showrooms.
Local specifications have remained relatively on par with the rest of the world, boasting a 4.3-litre V8 engine developing maximum power of 338kW at 7750rpm and 485Nm at 5000rpm.
This is mated to a new seven-speed dual clutch gearbox with the now traditional steering wheel-mounted F1-style paddles.
The Ferrari California takes less than 4.0 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100km/h and delivers a blistering 310km/h top speed.
“The Ferrari California does not extend the Ferrari range up or down the market,” explains Kevin Wall, General Manager for Ferrari in Australia and New Zealand. “Rather, it broadens the appeal of Ferrari within its existing price sector. Thus Ferrari now has two aggressive sports cars, the 599 GTB Fiorano and the F430, complimented respectively by two grand touring cars, the 612 Scaglietti and, now, the Ferrari California.”
Designed to complement the 612 Scaglietti at the lower end of the price scale as a grand tourer, it also offers fuel consumption and emissions that easily comply with the toughest Euro 5 standards - consuming just 13.1 litres per 100km combined with carbon emissions of 305.6g/km.
The Ferrari California carries a price tag of $472,000 before statutory and delivery charges.