The 2012 Ferrari California is scheduled to be released in late 2011.
Ferrari has stated that the California will undergo a major redesign for the 2013 model year, so the 2012 will be the last year of the current model design.
First released as a 2009 model, the Ferrari California made its debut as Ferrari’s first front-engined V8, and Ferrari’s first-ever hardtop convertible. Despite an MSRP starting at $177,000 in late 2008, all of the Ferrari California’s 5,000 annual units are reported to be spoken for until 2012.
The long-nosed, curvaceous exterior design (that some say is more characteristic of a Maserati GT Spyder than a traditional Ferrari) will remain unchanged in 2012, with big developments expected to materialize in the redesign slated for 2013.
The 2012 Ferrari California develops 460 horsepower from its 4.3 liter V8 engine, which is good enough to deliver a zero to 60 time of just under four seconds. The 2012 Ferrari California has a top speed of 193 mph, if you are fortunate enough to have a chance to reach that speed on a racetrack, the autobahn, or perhaps at the Bonneville salt flats. Although the Ferrari California is heavier and slightly less powerful than its F430 stablemate, it reaches 60 mph just as quickly, due in part to lightning quick gear changes provided by its 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.
Safety features include a roll bar that automatically deploys when necessary. Also standard are an ABS braking system, and traction control as well as dynamic stability control programs. A full compliment of front and side airbags are also included as standard safety features for the 2012 Ferrari California.
Competition to the 2012 Ferrari California
The 2012 Ferrari California is intended to compete with more luxury-oriented supercars like the Aston-Martin DB9 and the Bentley Continental GTC. Moving downmarket to cars that can still match its performance while giving up some ground in the luxury department, the Corvette ZR1 and Dodge Viper are two cars whose performance can match or best the Ferrari California for less than half the cost.