The 2009 model Ferrari California, spotted during a recent trip to the United States.
The 2009 model Ferrari California, spotted during a recent trip to the United States.

Spectacular drop-top 2009 Ferrari California

FOR this week's blog I will be showcasing to you the details of this beautiful Ferrari California, coated in unique Grigio Silverstone paint with a black leather interior.

When the California was still in production, it was the cheapest Ferrari available, but it still featured a sweet sounding 4.3-litre V8 engine which is able to produce up to 338kW (453 hp) at 7750 rpm and 485Nm of torque (358 lb-ft of torque) at 5000rpm.

An impressive amount of power for a GT cruiser!

The California was first shown to the public at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, and it featured many world firsts.

Jesse See.
Jesse See.

As I just stated, the California features the first ever dual-clutch transmission in a Ferrari. It has since been used in all of their newer models including the 458 range and the F12 Berlinetta. This transmission then sends the power to the rear wheels.
This Ferrari California also has a kerb weight of 1735 kilograms.

If you're in the market for a fast, sleek drop-top GT cruiser this is the car for you, because even though it can seat four people and a bucket load of shopping in the trunk, it is still able to launch from 0-100 kilometres per hour in a mighty 3.9 seconds.

It will also keep accelerating until it reaches its top speed of 309 kilometres per hour (192 miles per hour)… with the top down.

During initial testing, Ferrari spent over 1000 hours in a wind tunnel perfecting the aerodynamics of the California, and when it was first introduced it was the most aerodynamic Ferrari ever made. That was until the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta came along at the beginning of 2012.

The California has now been replaced with the all-new California T, and that features a 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 which produces more power and a lot more torque that its predecessor. This model is the first turbocharged Ferrari since the iconic Ferrari F40.

You can currently buy a 2009 Ferrari California for about $280,000 AUD plus on-road costs.

Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com

The 2009 model Ferrari California.
The 2009 model Ferrari California.

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