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2013 Ferrari California KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $201,603 - $205,676.

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MSRP $203,640

Fair Purchase Price $203,640
Fair Market Range ($201,603 - $205,676)

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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Editors - Updated Date: 10/8/2013

With a starting price around $200,000, the Ferrari California is actually the least expensive among the Prancing Horse's 2013 models – and one with a dual nature. A retractable hardtop roof that transforms the California from coupe to convertible and an automatic transmission also make it one of the easiest Ferraris to live with on a daily basis. While Ferrari purists may seek a more traditional model with a 12-cylinder engine and a design that looks less like a Maserati, the California still holds plenty of appeal, especially to buyers new to the brand. Now dubbed the California 30 to signify its extra power and loss of weight, this Ferrari is just as comfortable tearing up a track as it is cruising the coastline.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you desire the badge envy and performance capabilities that come with a Ferrari yet also want an exotic sports car that's suitable for mundane tasks like getting groceries, the California could be the Italian stallion for you. All this and it's a shape-shifting hardtop convertible, too.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Hardcore Ferrari enthusiasts will likely desire four more cylinders and even less weight for maximum performance. For them, the 12-cylinder F12berlineta or FF may be more suitable. If a manual transmission is a must, an Aston Martin Vantage S, Audi R8 and Porsche 911 offer that and a far lower starting price.

What's New for 2013

Those who fear that this combination convertible/coupe is too soft should take comfort in knowing that the California has gained 30 horsepower and lost 30 kilograms (roughly 66 pounds) of weight for 2013, thus ushering in its new moniker of California 30. For those craving more cornering prowess, there is the Handling Speciale package.

Driving It Driving Impressions

With a sub-4-second 0-60-mph time and top speed of over 190 mph, the Ferrari California was never exactly slow, but a select few supercar enthusiasts took aim at the "mere" 460 horsepower made by the California's V8 engine. They will have even less to harp on with the 2013 California 30, whose naturally aspirated (non-turbocharged) V8 engine now brings 490 horsepower to the party and can streak to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds when Launch Control is engaged. Though the California's retractable hardtop design adds considerable weight, the Ferrari's handling and cornering abilities don't seem to suffer. Its 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, meanwhile, is a vast improvement over past Ferrari auto-manuals. And then there is the sound that emanates from the California's V8 heart and quad tailpipes when this striking steed is at full gallop. In a word, it's mesmerizing.

Favorite Features

The California's retractable hardtop is the first for a Ferrari and the key to this supercar's dual nature. It permits lovely open-air cruising at normal speeds, and the comfortable quiet of a hardtop when the need for performance driving – or just shelter from a storm – takes hold.

Ferrari's F1-style dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission allows drivers to get off seamless gearshifts with little more than a tap of the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. When less engagement is desired, the transmission's computer processor recognizes driving style and automatically shifts accordingly.

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