If you’ve had dreams of owning a Ferrari but perhaps nightmares about the brand new price that could come with it, the 2017 Ferrari California T can be a terrific option. This Ferrari offers the nameplate’s sexy styling and stunning good looks with more practical performance and even versatility. This is considered a 2×2 Ferrari, although driver, passenger and luggage may be just a bit more practical. You get an open-air experience, a low profile, road-hugging ride and the sass appeal of owning a classic Ferrari.
A More Sophisticated Ferrari
The 2017 Ferrari California T was introduced as a “tamer” Ferrari, but we prefer referring to it as domesticated and sophisticated. This doesn’t mean you should underestimate its power and performance. This Ferrari California T combines a 3.9 liter V8 engine that generates an impressive 552 horsepower with a seven-speed, dual clutch automatic transmission. While it doesn’t boast the unbridled, raw power of the mid-engine 488, there is still plenty here to enjoy. This is especially true when the folding top is powered down into the top rear of the trunk.
If a top speed that nears 200 mph and a quarter mile time that is just over 3 seconds is too modest, there’s not much more to say. This is a Ferrari through and through.
A “Versatile” Ferrari
The 2017 Ferrari California T has been deemed “more practical” by some, for two major reasons. The first is that it is technically a four-seater. The rear seats, however, in reality, could only be considered comfortable for the smallest of humans. The other feature that makes this Ferrari more of a daily driver is that it has sufficient trunk space for a weekend’s worth of luggage or several large bags of groceries. If you are looking for SUV versatility, the California T doesn’t offer it. If you are in search of Ferrari’s head-turning good looks and impressive performance, this just may be your ticket.
The 2017 Ferrari California T is strategically branded throughout the car. If the “California” script logo looks familiar, it is probably because it is the same font that the state uses on its license plates. This adds just a touch of West Coast Americana to this terrific sports car.
The California T first went into production in 2009 and has since received its share of both criticism and praise. Eight years after its initial run, the 2017 Ferrari California T has definitely hit its stride.
Ferrari has a lengthy history of crafting high performance vehicles, many of which become collectible. While the 2017 Ferrari California T may be on somewhat of a leash (compared to others carrying the brand), it has proven to be just as desirable.