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It shares its name with a Prancing Horse icon ' the 250 GT California ' but this 21st-century interpretation is technically superior in every way. Initially launched in 2009 as an 'entry-level' vehicle, the 2013 2+2 convertible is updated in three big areas: power, handling, and weight. First, the sirenic-sounding, direct-injection 4.3-liter V-8 now produces 483 horsepower and 372 pound-feet of torque, up 30 hp and 15 lb-ft. Second, a new Handling Speciale package throws in stiffer springs, quickened steering, and optimizes the also-optional magnetorheological shocks. Third, and since Ferrari calls it the 'California 30,' it ditches 30 kilograms, or about 66 pounds in American English. Other than that, the California will be familiar to Ferraristi. A 7-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters take care of shifting, while the mannetino-operated F1-Trac traction control system lets drivers choose their safety net's level of aggressiveness. Inside, the grand-touring cruiser can be ordered with a bench setup instead of two back seats for increased storage capacity. The factory can include a rear seatback that folds down too ' ideal for caddying several sets of golf clubs. And representing several thousand dollars worth in value, the California is covered by Ferrari's complimentary scheduled maintenance program, good for 7 years and transferrable between owners.