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2016 Ferrari California T

The Pininfarina-designed California T is the oldest member of the Ferrari family. Designed to lure new buyers into showrooms, the convertible was hailed as the first front-mid-engined, V8-powered sports car to wear the iconic Prancing Horse badge on its hood when it made its debut.

Recent Updates

Updated for the second time since its launch in 2008, the California T recently gained an evolution of the twin-turbocharged V8 that is also found under the hood of the Maserati Quattroporte.

Visually, the California T features a new front fascia that falls in line with Ferrari's latest design language, while a redesigned interior and a new infotainment system round out the updates.


Don't let the California T's age immediately discredit it as a serious competitor in the segment. Built entirely out of aluminum, the droptop is powered by a twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 3.9-liter V8 engine that makes 553 horsepower at 7,500 rpms and 557 lb-ft. of torque at 4,750 rpms.

The roadster reaches 60 mph from a stop in 3.6 seconds and go on to a top speed of 196 mph. The V8 returns 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Carbon ceramic brakes designed by Italy's Brembo safely bring the car to a stop. The electronic driving aids include an advanced Formula 1-inspired traction control system.

Life Aboard

The California T's cockpit features a fluid dashboard with round air vents and a new 6.5-inch color screen that runs the infotainment system. Ferrari has done away with steering wheel-mounted stalks and relocated a host of secondary controls to the steering wheel, a quirky setup is a bit of an acquired taste.

The California T is as finely-built as any other Ferrari. The seats, the dashboard and the door panels are all covered in premium leather and buyers can order a matching set of leather-upholstered luggage at an extra cost.

For extra versatility, the GT sports a pair of cramped back seats that are better used for carrying luggage than passengers. Cargo capacity checks in at 12 cubic feet.

The California T boasts a retractable hard top that reduces wind noise and creates a more coupe-like silhouette when closed. The hard top evidently weighs more than a comparable soft top, and the California tips the scale at 3,825 pounds.

Handling Speciale

Those who find the California T too soft can order it with the Handling Speciale package that adds magneto-rheological shock absorbers and a faster ECU. The package also includes stiffer springs and a faster steering box.

Tailor Made

Buyers with extra cash in their pocket can customize their California T through Ferrari's Tailor Made program. Every aspect of the car down to the minutest detail can be modified by the buyer with the help of a Ferrari-assigned personal designer whose job is to guide future owners through every step of the customization process.

Key Competitors

Those in the market for an exotic drop-top like the California T can also consider the Aston Martin V8 Roadster, the Audi R8 Spyder, and the Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible.