Ferrari California: official pictures

* California name confirmed * First official pictures * Greenest Ferrari yet...

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Jim Holder
13 May 2008

These are the first official pictures of Ferrari's newest model and it has been confirmed that it will be called the California.

The California has a folding metal hard top and is powered by a 453bhp 4.3-litre V8 engine that Ferrari says will take the car from 0-62mph in less than four seconds. The car will feature a seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox and be rear-wheel-drive.

The engine is also Ferrari's cleanest yet, although kaftan-clad hippies won't be hugging the gates at Maranello, as it still emits 310g/km of carbon dioxide.

The seating arrangement is described a '2+', which means it will offer a little more practicality than a traditional two-seater.

Performance ceramic brakes will be fitted as standard, as will traction control, which has been developed from the F430s F1-Trac system.

The car will be officially unveiled at the Paris motor show in October.

Prices havent been announced, but are expected to be around 150,000.