Up early on a Tuesday, I opt for the California and chase the rising sun toward the Pacific and Highway 1. Released in 2009, the California was pilloried as being less than a “real” Ferrari. All other front-engine Ferraris have V-12 motors, and the California has an overly ample rear to accommodate the folding aluminum roof.
This updated version is known as the California 30, as it has shed 30 kilograms (66 pounds) and gained 30 more horsepower. Just listen to the Italian engine -- tuned like a Stradivarius ready for a duel with the devil -- it’s a Ferrari all right.
Left, a detail of the front of a Ferrari California. Like the 458 Spider, it has a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.