Ferrari will finally mount a manual transmission to the Ferrari California, but with a drop in performance and reduction in fuel efficiency, who will buy it?
As previously reported, customers purchasing the Ferrari California will get a choice between two different transmissions. The company will offer a six-speed manual transmission in addition to the standard seven-speed dual wet clutch semi-automatic, according to an alleged leaked document.
Choosing the manual will lead to a reduced performance, but it may satisfy a 10% demand by customers for a stick shift. With the six-speed manual, the car sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, at least 0.3 seconds slower than the DCT provides. Additionally, fuel consumption is increased with the manual gear box. The DCT provides a 17.9 mpg-US (13.1 liters/100km) rating, 11% better than the manual provides.
Either transmission gets the car to a top speed of 193 mph (311 km/h).
The manual gearbox is rear-mounted, to keep a 47/53 weight ratio. It involves "double-cone synchros with multiple pawl asymmetric geometry, an oil bath lever and fork system," according to the leaked document.
Autopareri.com says the manual transmission will be availble in the coming months on the Ferrari California.