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2015 Ferrari California: Overview

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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2015

What's New for 2015?

The 2015 Ferrari California is heavily revised compared to its predecessor. Changes include styling updates, new features, a revised interior and a completely new engine that offers more horsepower, more torque and better performance.

What We Like

Gorgeous styling; great fuel economy; impressive interior

What We Don't

Performance isn't quite up to par; high pricing; limited practicality

Overview

The California is Ferrari's best-selling car, and it's been heavily revised for the latest model year to enhance its appeal among shoppers interested in a sporty new convertible. Changes include new styling, an updated interior, a new engine and more.

To enthusiasts, the biggest update to the California is under the hood. The rear-wheel-drive, 4-seat sports car boasts a new 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 that produces 553 horsepower and 557 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 70 hp and nearly 200 lb-ft compared to last year's naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V8.

Upgrades to the California's styling are just as dramatic. The car is smoothed out from just about every angle, adding a bolder look and a more aggressive front end, rear end and profile. While upgrades to the interior don't go quite as far, the California also adds a new gauge cluster, a larger infotainment screen, a new steering wheel and a few other new features.

About those new features: The latest California boasts an updated magnetic suspension system, which combines impressive handling with a surprisingly plush ride over bumps. There's also upgraded steering and improved brakes. And the latest California touts a newly standard boost gauge between the center air conditioning vents, presumably so that passengers can keep track of the turbocharger's status.

What does all this cost? The 2015 Ferrari California T starts around $200,000 with shipping, and that's before all of Ferrari's options, which are both expensive and plentiful. It's a lot of money, but then, the California is a lot of car.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
2015 Ferrari California: Overview - Autotrader