Ferrari will launch a manual version of the California this summer.
Ferrari first confirmed that the California would be available with a manual gearbox at the folding hard-top’s launch in 2008. Reports claim the firm is only expecting a 10 per cent take up of this option compared with its F1-style DCT transmission.
Official performance and economy figures haven’t been confirmed, but a leaked document claims the manual California can do a 0-62mph in 4.2sec – 0.3secs slower than the DCT. Like the DCT-equipped California, the manual version is capable of a top speed of 193mph.
Fuel consumption also takes a hit with the manual; the DCT’s fuel consumption figure of 21.6mpg is 11 per cent better than the manual’s.
The forthcoming 458 Italia will be the first Ferrari in regular series production not to come with a manual option at all; it will be available with a DCT gearbox only.
The manual Ferrari California will soon be available to order in mainland Europe; UK sales will begin shortly after.