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2011 Ferrari California
Original MSRP: $192,000 - $192,000
MPG: 13 City / 19 Hwy
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2011 Ferrari California Interior

This interior review was written when the 2011 Ferrari California was new.

The 2011 Ferrari California has an interior that reviewers say is both luxurious and comfortable, along with good trunk space for an exotic sports car. However, most dislike its Chrysler-sourced navigation system and think that its back seats aren’t fit for use. To increase utility, the rear seats can be replaced with a storage shelf.

  • "The rest of the interior lives up to Ferrari-level expectations. Soft leather and hand stitching are everywhere." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Like every current Ferrari, the new California has an interior befitting its lofty price. There's leather everywhere (available in multi-tone combinations), and the overall design is contemporary and sharp. The steering-wheel-mounted "manettino" knob gives the driver control over a wide range of dynamic vehicle functions." -- Edmunds 
  • "Any lingering questions over the vehicle's purpose or styling instantly slip away as soon as you slide into the cabin, thanks in part to the thousand hours Ferrari's aerodynamicists spent honing the California's shape in the wind tunnel. Coddled in the most exquisitely-crafted hand-stitched leather, you're instantly met with a sense of occasion." -- Autoblog
  • "The cabin is fitted out with the usual Ferrari aplomb of creamy hides and expertly crafted trimming." -- Popular Mechanics

Seating 

Ferrari calls the California seating arrangement a “2+”, which features a rear row that can be configured with two very small seats or a storage shelf. Generally, reviewers think the latter is more practical since the California’s rear row is so cramped, but they do find the front buckets both comfortable and supportive. The lack of a usable back seat isn’t surprising, as most exotic sports cars don’t seat more than two comfortably.

  • "What's inescapable is the quality of the seats; there's comfort and superb support whether you are cruising or gunning it." -- MSN 
  • "The footwells in the California are cavernous, and the steering wheel sits high to help accommodate the tallest of drivers." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The California's rear seat is so cramped that it would be silly not to get the rear parcel shelf instead -- it looks nicer, and the seatback folds down either way." -- Edmunds 
  • "And while the passenger foot space is a little tight for those over 6 ft, the driver's position, with its reach-and-rake adjustable steering, is nearly perfect." -- Popular Mechanics

Interior Features

The interior of the 2011 California is elegantly appointed with quality leather and an eye-catching design that reviewers appreciate. Still, many agree that the California’s navigation system, which is sourced from Chrysler, doesn’t live up to the expectations of an exotic sports car. They say that the screen’s resolution and graphics trail the competition, and that they expect more exclusive electronics in a car that costs nearly $200,000.

  • "The instrumentation is slightly curious in that the enormous central rev counter forces the speedometer so much to one side that it's out of the direct line of sight. The paddle shifts and stalks are great to use, though again the light switch is almost completely hidden." -- MSN 
  • "Navigation is standard, but the California uses a head unit from the Chrysler parts bin instead of the bespoke Bose system from the 599GTB. Ferraris used to come without a radio, which might be less of an insult than providing one that’s also found in a Dodge Caravan." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The touchscreen entertainment system offers a variety of virtues, from hard-drive music storage and available iPod connectivity, but it is essentially a silver-painted version of the head unit available in most Chrysler group products. That association in a $200,000 Ferrari is bad enough, but its below-average functionality is worse." -- Edmunds 
  • "The California's navigation system is the same Harman/Becker unit used by Chrysler. It's a decent touch-screen unit with great usability, but the screen's resolution is a generation or two behind the best, so the map itself is of limited use. The sound quality is only fair (it doesn't come close to the JBL sound system in the Scuderia Spider 16M, for example), but the system offers easy-to-use Bluetooth phone integration, a hard drive for music storage, aux-in jacks, and full iPod integration." -- Automobile Magazine

Cargo

The California offers good cargo space for an exotic sports car. The trunk holds 12 cubic feet with the top up and 8.5 cubic feet with the top down. That’s significantly better than the Audi R8’s 3.5 cubic-foot trunk, but not quite as good as the Ferrari FF’s 15.9 cubic feet with the rear seats in use.

California shoppers have the option of choosing either a small back seat or a more useful storage shelf. Reviewers generally suggest the latter since the back seats aren’t very functional. Regardless of which layout you choose, the rear seats or storage shelf can fold to increase cargo capacity.

  • "You get a fold-down backrest that allows a set of golf clubs to be pushed through from the trunk – another Ferrari first." -- MSN 
  • "Ferrari offers the option of a rear storage shelf in lieu of the back seats, and it’s a good way to go. Both configurations have a trunk pass-through, and the trunklid extends down to the bumper for zero-liftover access to storage." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Trunk space with the top up is an impressive 12 cubic feet, and there's still a usable 8.5 cubic feet left over with the top down." -- Edmunds 
  • "There is also a handy pass through that allows you to carry long objects such as golf bags." -- Road and Track
  • The backseats are "more useful for extra baggage and can fold flat to allow pass-through from the generous trunk, which together with the trick folding hard-top makes the California the most versatile Ferrari in the company's range, if not in its history." -- Autoblog
  • "The rear seats can be replaced with a beautifully finished cargo shelf at no cost, but in either configuration, the space can be used for additional storage, and the California even offers a trunk pass-through for long items. … The trunk is easily large enough, at least with the roof up, to accommodate a large suitcase." -- Automobile Magazine
Review Last Updated: 6/23/11

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