Ferrari GT California Teaser Video and Details

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman

Just because you (and by "you" I mean us lucky auto journo types) won't be able to see the new prancing horse GT California until October at the Paris Auto Show, doesn't mean a fetish photographer can't. Employing the strange, up-the-skirt "teaser" tactics that Lutz and friends deployed with the new CTS, Ferrari has even produced a come-hither video complete with a Skinemax after hours soundtrack. But I'm not here to criticize Ferrari's advertising tactics. Oh wait, I am here to criticize Ferrari's advertising tactics. Still, it's Friday, the birds are chirping and this guy I know just picked-up a new M3. Point being: Ferrari's not talking to you anyhow. But just so we're clear, the GT California is only available as a hard top convertible and will be powered by a new-ish version of the 4.3-liter V8 that's already shared with nearly ever hot two-door in Italy (F430, Maser GranTurismo, Alfa 8C Competizione). I say new-ish because the relatively small eight-banger has a flat-crank and direct-injection, both of which combine to kick out 460 horses at a lofty 7,500 rpm and bring up 60 mph in four seconds flat, according to Motor Authority. The brakes are ceramic and the F1-style traction control system is the same as the 599. The big tech news: a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which of course sends power to the rear wheels, as God intended.

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  • Brendan Brendan on May 23, 2008

    That clip is going to be the talk of the dragon community for some time.

  • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on May 24, 2008

    Considering that a 1961 Ferrari California Spyder sold for $11 million, this is maybe a buy and hold situation. Link. OTOH, the '61 was James Coburn's whip which adds a degree of cool that may account for 90% of the price. The new model has a lot of technology, but I would rather have the 1961's 3 L Colombo V-12.