A fine afternoon some time ago, we had the pleasure of taking the Ferrari California T out for a spin in Kuala Lumpur. Present with us throughout the drive was Ethan Woo, Pre-Owned Sales Manager at Naza Italia Sdn Bhd, who showed us how to handle the car and experience what it can really do with all that power.
The Ferrari California T is described as a car that’s for those who like to have a little fun behind the wheel, but who also need a comfortable Grand Tourer for every day use. A brilliant expression of Ferrari’s sporty DNA, the Ferrari California T has a retractable hard top (RHT) which unfolds in 14 seconds and a +2 configuration which makes it extremely versatile.
Boasting a new turbocharged V8 engine, we experienced heart-stopping excitement when it sprinted from 0 to 100 kph in just 3.6 seconds. If the chance arises, you absolutely have to experience letting it sprint from 0 to 200kph, and try to keep your heart with you in those 11.2 seconds. The new direct-injection 3855cc V8 turbo is able to punch out a maximum of 560hp, resulting in a specific power output of 145 hp per litre, the highest in its category, as well as achieving a maximum torque of 755 Nm in 7th gear.
The car is relatively easy to handle thanks to its development that focuses on reducing steering wheel activity while enabling quicker steering, reducing body roll for improved dynamics, improving handling with a better control on the limit and enhancing chassis dynamics without affecting ride comfort.
The interior is designed to be as ergonomic as possible, and features a luxurious, semi-aniline leather trim. Sitting in the front seat was a comfortable experience for the drive and we only wish we could’ve had the top down for the entire drive. Capacity-wise, there’s a generous boot space even with the top down, which is rare for convertibles.
If you’d like to purchase a Ferrari California T for yourself, we hope you enjoy the process of having the entire car customised to your preference! Your Ferrari journey will begin at the Ferrari showroom, where they have a room specially designed and fitted with potential material and colour choices for your steering wheel, seatbelt or interior fitting. If you’d like to have a go at virtually customising your own Ferrari California T before walking into the showroom, do it here.
Naza Italia Showroom, Lot 3, Jalan 51A/221, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +60 3 7956 8599, www.kualalumpur.ferraridealers.com