Schumacher California dreamin'

* Schumacher tests new Ferrari convertible * Car at Paris motor show * '2+' seater to cost around 150,000...

Schumacher California dreamin'

Former Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher is putting the all-new Ferrari California through its paces, ahead of the car's official debut at the Paris motor show in October.

The seven-time F1 crown winner is a special adviser for Ferrari and has been helping the company develop the convertible.

'The Ferrari California is very much a Grand Tourer in terms of its usability and high level of interior comfort,' said Schumacher. 'It is still surprisingly sporty and fun to drive under any kind of conditions.

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

Prices haven't been announced, but are expected to be around 150,000.