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2015 Ferrari California T

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/20/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Ferrari California T is powered by a new engine, a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 with 553 hp and 557 lb-ft of torque. The turbo V-8 is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Vehicle Summary

The Ferrari California T is a rear-drive hardtop convertible and is Ferrari’s entry-level model. With its new turbocharged V-8, the California T achieves decent gas mileage at 16/23 mpg city/highway.


Like the rest of the models in Ferrari’s lineup, buyers can personalize their California T cars via the extensive customization options available. There are more than 30 exterior colors, six wheel designs, nine brake caliper colors, and various accents in chrome or black. For the interior, customers can opt for leather and/or Alcantara upholstery, contrast stitching and piping, eight carpet colors, four types of sport seats, and carbon fiber and aluminum trim. Those looking for performance upgrades can also add a sport exhaust system and a Magneride suspension with two modes.

The California T’s turbocharged V-8 provides plenty of power for all situations and is tuned to work like a high-revving naturally aspirated engine, since it builds power in a linear fashion. While its suspension with magnetic shock absorbers doesn’t have as many modes as the ones found in the 458 range, those modes help sharpen the car’s handling. Refinement is a strong point, with a quiet cabin regardless of whether the roof is up or down, thanks to extensive use sound-deadening materials.

What We Think

Despite being the entry-level vehicle in Ferrari’s lineup, the California T is a credible grand tourer with its powerful turbo-eight engine and great balance between ride and handling. In a First Drive review, we said the car handles well regardless of what mode the magnetic suspension is on and is “impressively neutral.” Ride quality is another strong point especially with the car set comfort or “bumpy road” modes and doesn’t come at cost of driving dynamics. The turbo-eight’s tuning also means its powerband “feels like that of a naturally aspirated car” and “doesn’t have a wall of torque down low that kicks you in the back.” Its transmission, while responsive, isn’t as aggressively tuned as in other Ferrari vehicles and is tuned more for smoothness rather than all-out performance.

You’ll Like

  • Turbocharged V-8 produces smooth linear power
  • Well-balanced ride and handling
  • Extensive customization options

You Won’t Like

  • Useless rear seats
  • Transmission isn’t as aggressive as in other Ferrari models
  • Folding hardtop eats into cargo space

Key Competitors

  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage
  • BMW M6
  • Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG S Coupe
  • Bentley Continental GT V8 S
  • Maserati GranTurismo


4 star


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