After hitting the market in 2008, the California has been Ferrari's "bread and butter" car. With an annual production run of around 2,500 a year, the California is still plenty exclusive. Not only does it have the best of both worlds hard top/convertible configuration, but will supposedly be the last Ferrari to be offered with the traditional six-speed manual transmission. Yes, times are changing and Ferrari feels the manual transmission no longer fits into its product profile.
Taking its place will be the seven-speed dual clutch automated manual series of transmissions. Ferrari feels their presence significantly improves performance as has been proven many times over in F1 racing. But don't think the prancing horse will slowly gallop away from its racing roots. This is just the beginning of a whole new era of Ferraris.