The California is Ferrari’s softest car, but the gentle roadster has been given a highly significant kick up the chuff courtesy an all-new twin-turbo V8 that delivers 552bhp and 557lb ft. This new engine suits the car’s easy-driving character, as well as letting you go longer before stopping for fuel.
The dual-clutch box changes gears with less shock and delay than a TV changing channels. Upshifts take 0.4 second, we’re told, though nobody thought to clock them. Hold the left paddle approaching a corner and the crackling downshifts come automatically and rapid-fire. The carbon-ceramic brakes can park the car in startlingly short distances and also answer to minute changes in foot pressure.