The T stands for Turbo but the all-new California T so much more. No longer will the back seats be filled with children or lap dogs… that space in now reserved for scantily dressed models. In all seriousness, the 2015 Ferrari California T has been completely transformed. While it does not deviate too far from the previous California’s major styling cues, the new exterior has a wider, meaner and more pronounced aesthetic. In person, the California T feels more like the flagship F12 than an entry model prancing horse.
As with all changes the real difference comes from within. Open the driver’s door and the new California T boasts a well-built, refined and luxurious interior. The materials feel like a Ferrari should. The interior smells like a Ferrari should.
Nestled between the prominent dash air vents is what Ferrari refers to as the “Turbo Performance Engineer.” It’s an iPod/iPhone like digital display that shows the driver the turbo response and other critical information.
Thankfully Ferrari has also updated its multimedia system so that it no longer feels like it was developed in 1994. There are absolutely no inferior cost cutting Maserati components anywhere to be found.
Press the start button located on the multifunctional wheel and you will unleash the best part of the new and improved California T… its all-new engine. 0-60mph is served up in 3.2 seconds and backed by 557lbs ft of torque.
Purists need not worry… Ferrari has had a successful history utilizing turbos. Their iconic F40 supercar was successfully powered by twin turbos and the European 208 was available with a turbocharged power plant.
After a few pulls down the highway you quickly realize the new Ferrari California T is no longer the less expensive alternative to the Ferrari 458. It’s a nice compliment to what the brand has to offer. This is the car that deserved the moniker “California.” This is the car Ferrari should have built in 2009.
Originally designed for export to North American clientele that wanted Ferrari to produce a convertible version of the race winning 250 GT Berlinetta TDF.
This combination of racing inspired performance and open-air styling for “California’s Sunny Days” has made the California T one of the most significant automobiles of our time.
It’s worth noting that the hard top deploys in record time. If a “California Sunny Day” turns into a “South Florida Surprise Shower” the California T will have you covered before a drop hits the interior.