Ferrari's new California T delivers an upgraded commute.
Racing red: Ferrari’s new California T is equipped with 560 horsepower; handmade details that are customizable, down to the leather stitching; and a convertible roof that opens in 14 seconds.
I’m badly in need of a U-turn. Sitting in a Ferrari California T in bumper-to-bumper traffic near Dulles, I feel less like Chris Hemsworth in Rush and more like a frustrated Uber driver. At last... a left-turn lane. I drop the car into “sport” mode for tighter suspension and hotter acceleration.
I cut the wheel into a tight 180 and plant my right foot down. Now my turbocharged V8 and I are practically racing the planes overhead. When do I tap the paddle shifters to summon the next mighty gear? That’s easy: when the LED lights atop the steering wheel let me know I’m redlining. (This is an innovation borrowed from Ferrari’s Formula One cars, I’m told. I like it.)
So, yes, this car is fast. Five-hundred-and-sixty horsepower fast. Faster-than-you’ll-ever-need-on-an-American-road fast (as well it should be for a sticker price of $202,723). And like any Ferrari, they’ll spend six months building it to your exact specs, right down to the stitching in the leather. But unlike some of Ferrari’s more exotic models, the California is the kind of car built for “touring,” aka not racing.
The kind whose hardtop retracts in 14 seconds, should you encounter some unexpected sun. The kind you can still feel comfortable taking to the dry cleaner and back. Albeit very quickly.Ferrari of Washington, 45235 Towlern Pl., Sterling, 703-478-3606