2017 Ferrari California vs. Its Competition

2017 Ferrari California T
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The California T is the entry point to the brand, yet it lines up with some of the most expensive models from other automakers.

Ferrari's sister brand Maserati offers the GranTurismo Convertible, which ticks most of the same boxes: Italian style and power, a comfortable and luxurious interior, and top-down cruising.

But the GranTurismo isn't as quick or as refined, and it only comes with a soft top.

The Porsche 911 is perhaps the most practical high-performance car available anywhere, but it's also a lot more common, and, unless you're looking at something like the expensive Turbo S model, the 911 isn't as powerful or quick.

BMW's 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz's SL-Class both offer very attractive, capable, and well-equipped large roadsters, but again, the brand cachet of Ferrari is hard to match.

Bentley's Continental GT Convertible, especially in its most powerful iterations, can also satisfy the big, fast convertible itch, but it's more of a boulevardier than a daily-drivable sports machine.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Ferrari California T embraces a more luxurious lifestyle, but can peel away the road as well as any $200,000 sportscar should.
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The 2017 BMW 6-Series is a luxurious jack of all trades (speed, style, comfort, and quality) but a master of one: grand touring.
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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class isn't quite a sports car, but it's a rapid, open-air touring coupe extraordinaire.
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The 2017 Porsche 911 is a toe into the waters of modernity with a base turbo engine that gets good fuel economy. Don't be fooled; it's every bit the super car it always has been.
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The 2017 Maserati GranTurismo is getting old but its Ferrari-inspired performance and sensuous styling and still appealing.
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The 2016 Bentley Continental GT family of coupes shows that brash performance can live hand in hand with a genteel demeanor.
MSRP From     
$202,723$77,600$86,950$89,400$132,825$198,500
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
EPA Class     
Minicompact CarsSubcompact CarsTwo-SeatersMinicompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
Convertible640i CoupeSL 450 RoadsterCarrera CoupeSport 4.7L2-Door Coupe V8
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
442444
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
ConvertibleCoupeRoadsterCoupeCoupeCoupe
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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