The engine offers an incredible amount of torque for a natural aspirated V8 of its size (113 Nm per liter) and manages to deliver it over a pretty large rev band, allowing you to enjoy forward surges without having to worry too much about playing with the paddles behind the steering wheel. Keep the revs high and you’ll be in for a never-ending rollercoaster ride. The ratios are rather short, so, even if whipping supercar engines is nothing new to you, the pleasure of the sheer acceleration will never disappear.
Exiting a roundabout, we got to test the F1-Trac stability and traction control system. First gear, up to 8,000 rpm in a moderate way, second gear, pedal to the metal. In a blink of an eye, the 285 mm wide rear tires had an argument with the dust on the road, inviting the back to step out.
We kept squashing the pedal, but things returned to normal at an astonishing pace. Not only was the car convinced to stay on the road (this was expected in the first place anyway), but the real tete-a-queue potential of the situation could’ve almost remain unnoticed for a passenger with an untrained... back & bottom.
So, the car only had two pedals, but what pedals! We’ve already covered the happiness one, so it’s time to tell you what the one on the left can do. If you take a look at the list of standard features, one of the things that will definitely catch you eye is a set of carbon ceramic brakes. This turns the California into a ruthless speed assassin. Step on the brakes in a serious way and you'll be able feel the brute deceleration force playing with your facial muscles, as the speedometer experiences a fall into the abyss.
Regardless if you’re using it as a GT or prefer to focus on the go-fast bits, the California feels lighter than its 1.7+ tonnes. In the first case, the steering plays the role of the illusionist, while the transmission should be credited for the latter part of the adventure.
The Prancing Horse achieved its goal with the California, creating a Ferrari that is easy to drive and can be a proper everyday life partner - This is the company’s way of expanding its target audience. The soft side of the car brings the Maserati badge to our minds, but these thoughts vanish when the California shows the Enzo-ist side of its personality. And it’s not hard to convince it to do so.Continue reading