Yes we said Bueller, as in the 1986 hit film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Everyone has seen the classic that follows a day in the life of a normal teen named Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick). Broderick gave a phenomenal performance but he was out-performed by a car, not just any car but the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder.
The little 250 GT California Spyder made a legendary appearance on the big screen. From the first moment Bueller and his hypochondriac pal Cameron “borrowed” the Ferrari, a star was born. The California was so beloved that Ferrari has decided to recreate it after 40 years. Apart from lifting the name and a few design accents there will be nothing classic about the new Ferrari California.
Ferrari has completely revamped the California with a 4.3 liter V-8 engine that will be positioned in the midfront of the car, which is a first for the marque. Modeled closely after Ferrari’s F1 race cars will be a new electronic seven-speed direct-shift double-clutch gearbox. The name is a mouthful but this exceptional gearbox get the California’s shift time down to zero, it’s unbelievable so practice saying it. The automated hardtop, another first for Ferrari, retracts right into the trunk; thus, the convertible was appropriately named for those open road, 195 mile per hour, California cruises. Racing to 60 miles per hour in under 4 seconds, likens the California to that bizarre mullet haircut, so popular in Ferris Bueller’s day, all business in front and party in the back.
The Ferrari California exotic sports carÂ will be made available in early 2009 for an estimated $199,000. Just goes to show that a genuinely first-class car will always be brought back.