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Ferrari California (F149) Convertible (2009-2014)

Neoscore 97%NEX score 91%

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Product Overview

Ferrari California (Type F149) is a high-performance mid-size luxury convertible in production from 2009 to 2014. It was powered by several tunes of Ferrari's F136 naturally-aspirated V8 engine that displaced 4.3 liters. It was the last Ferrari available with a manual transmission; unfortunately, most buyers chose the 7-speed DCT.
Using a variant of the F136 engine that powered some of the iconic modern Ferraris from F430 to 458 Italia, the California is a more affordable yet much more practical model. With its hard convertible top, it is the one Ferrari that one can drive everyday. Thankfully, it has also earned a decent reliability record.
Unfortunately for the enthusiasts, while the California was once quite affordable on the used market, its price has shot up in recent years.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 97% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Sensuous styling
  • Practical Ferrari
  • Hard convertible top
  • Great handling
  • Reliable drivetrain
  • Gated manual transmission available (the last in a Ferrari)
Cons
  • Not the highest grade of finish

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 91% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb performance
  • Fantastic build quality
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Fantastic twin-clutch box
  • Great looks
Cons
  • Noisy transmission
  • Not as comfortable as an F430
  • More expensive than the HS
  • Noisy engine
  • No manual transmission
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Specifications

Variants:
California 30 DCT
California DCT
California MT

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
340 L / 12.0 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity
18.0 L / 19.0 qt
Engine Oil Capacity
11.0 L / 11.6 qt
Fuel Capacity
78.0 L / 20.6 gal
Passengers
4

Chassis

California 30 DCTBrakes | Front
Ventilated discs, 390 mm
California DCTBrakes | Front
Ventilated discs
California MTBrakes | Front
Ventilated discs
California 30 DCTBrakes | Rear
Ventilated discs, 360 mm
California DCTBrakes | Rear
Ventilated discs
California MTBrakes | Rear
Ventilated discs
Suspension | Front
Double-wishbone
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link
California 30 DCTTire Size
Front wheel tires: 245/40 ZR 19, 245/35 ZR 20 Rear wheel tires: 285/40 ZR 19, 285/35 ZR 20
California DCTTire Size
Front wheel tires: 245/40 ZR 19, 245/35 ZR 20 Rear wheel tires: 285/40 ZR 19, 285/35 ZR 20
California MTTire Size
245/40 ZR19, 285/40 ZR19, 245/35 ZR20, 285/35 ZR20

Construction

Body Style
2-door Convertible

Dimensions

Size | Height
1322 mm / 52.0 in
Size | Length
4562 mm / 179.6 in
Size | Width
1909 mm / 75.2 in
Track Width | Front
1630.0 mm / 64.2 in
Track Width | Rear
1605.0 mm / 63.2 in
Weight
1735.0 kg / 3825.0 lbs
California 30 DCTWheel Size
8J x 19, 8J x 20
California DCTWheel Size
8J x 19, 8J x 20
California MTWheel Size
19 in, 20 in
Wheelbase
2670 mm / 105.1 in

Performance

California 30 DCTAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
3.8 sec
California DCTAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
4.0 sec
California MTAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
3.8 sec
California 30 DCTAcceleration | 0 - 60 mph
3.6 sec
California DCTAcceleration | 0 - 60 mph
3.8 sec
California MTAcceleration | 0 - 60 mph
3.6 sec
CO2 Emission
299 g/km
Fuel Economy
13.1 L/100km / 18.0 MPG (combined)
California 30 DCTTop Speed
312.0 km/h / 193.9 mph
California DCTTop Speed
310.0 km/h / 192.6 mph
California MTTop Speed
312.0 km/h / 193.9 mph

Powertrain

California 30 DCTDrivetrain Layout
Front-engine (longitudinal), Rear-wheel drive
California DCTDrivetrain Layout
Rear-wheel drive
California MTDrivetrain Layout
Front-engine (longitudinal), Rear-wheel drive
Emission Standard
Euro 4
Engine
F136IB
California 30 DCTEngine | Bore
94.0 mm / 3.7 in
California DCTEngine | Bore
92.0 mm / 3.6 in
California MTEngine | Bore
94.0 mm / 3.7 in
California 30 DCTEngine | Compression Ratio
12.2:1
California DCTEngine | Compression Ratio
11.0:1
California MTEngine | Compression Ratio
12.2:1
California 30 DCTEngine | Displacement
4.3 L / 262.2 cu-in / 4297.0 cc
California DCTEngine | Displacement
4.3 L / 262.9 cu-in / 4308.0 cc
California MTEngine | Displacement
4.3 L / 262.2 cu-in / 4297.0 cc
California 30 DCTEngine | Power
490.0 hp / 365.4 kW @ 7750 rpm
California DCTEngine | Power
460.0 hp / 343.0 kW @ 9000 rpm
California MTEngine | Power
490.0 hp / 365.4 kW @ 7750 rpm
California 30 DCTEngine | Specific Output
114.0 hp/L / 1.9 hp/cu-in
California DCTEngine | Specific Output
106.8 hp/L / 1.7 hp/cu-in
California MTEngine | Specific Output
114.0 hp/L / 1.9 hp/cu-in
California 30 DCTEngine | Stroke
77.4 mm / 3.0 in
California DCTEngine | Stroke
81.0 mm / 3.2 in
California MTEngine | Stroke
77.4 mm / 3.0 in
Engine | Torque
505 Nm / 372.5 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
California 30 DCTEngine | Type
Naturally-aspirated direct-injected petrol V8 engine
California DCTEngine | Type
Naturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V8 engine with 4 values per cylinder
California MTEngine | Type
Naturally-aspirated direct-injected petrol V8 engine
California 30 DCTTransmission | Gears
7-speed
California DCTTransmission | Gears
7-speed
California MTTransmission | Gears
6-speed
California 30 DCTTransmission | Type
Automatic
California DCTTransmission | Type
Automatic
California MTTransmission | Type
Manual

Production

California 30 DCTAvailability
2012 ~ 2014
California DCTAvailability
2009 ~ 2012
California MTAvailability
2012 ~ 2014

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

carmagazine[1]

Sentiment Score 96%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
Ferrari's first twin-clutch box is brilliant – one of the absolute best of its type. Changes are quick, seamless and – if you're pushing on – violently quick. The engine feels alive, edgy, downright loud when provoked. There's no muzzle on this Ferrari.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic twin-clutch box
  • Superb performance
  • Great looks
Cons
  • Noisy engine
  • Noisy transmission

carmagazine[2]

Sentiment Score 95%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
It's the first Ferrari designed specifically to attract women to the brand. The California is definitely softer than an F430, but then this is a GT car. It rides incredibly well, at least on the optional magnetohorological suspension. No other luxury convertible is so much fun to push hard on roads more suited to a Lotus Elise.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic looks
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons
  • Not as powerful as the F430
  • Not as comfortable as an F430

carmagazine[3]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
Ferrari has revised its entry-level car, the front-engined and folding-hardtop California, stripping out weight, adding power and introducing an optional handling package. Ferrari redesigned the load paths on the California's aluminium body structure, chopping 30kg from the kerbweight while retaining the same torsional rigidity. Top speed climbs to 193mph, and the 0-62mph time drops from a smidgen to 3.8sec.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • More fun to drive
  • Better handling
Cons
  • More expensive than the HS
  • Less fun to ride

carmagazine[4]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
Ferrari has tailored the restart system to use less fuel than normal. When it works, suddenly the vibrations stop and you sit in silence. The steering is initially disconcertingly light, and it feels strange to finger twirl a £145k Ferrari out of the Maranello factory gates with ease. And the California fits the mould of a perfectly comfortable cruiser.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic build quality
  • Striking metal roof
Cons
  • No manual transmission
  • Ridiculously heavy

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Ferrari California (2008): real-time CAR review blog. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/ferrari/ferrari-california-2008-real-time-car-review-blog/. 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2022-05-25.
2. ^ Ferrari California (2009) review. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/ferrari/ferrari-california-2009-review/. 2008-11-28. Retrieved 2022-05-25.
3. ^ Ferrari California Handling Speciale (2012) review. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/ferrari/ferrari-california-handling-speciale-2012-review/. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2022-05-25.
4. ^ Ferrari California Stop&Start (2010) review. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/ferrari/ferrari-california-stopstart-2010-review/. 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2022-05-25.

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