Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne says the Italian automaker is currently looking at revising its product lineup, and the first vehicle to go on the chopping block may be the California T.
Marchionne believes there’s room in Ferraris lineup for new vehicles that will fall into new premium segments, but first, one of the automaker’s vehicle would have to go. Marchione believes there’s room in Ferrari’s lineup for a vehicle like the California T, but wants to approach a replacement for the vehicle in a much different way.
“There’s unexplored space on the premium side that will allow us to attract even more customers than we’re currently attracting,” Marchionne told Motoring.com.au. “The car I’ve had the most difficulty is the California. I bought two of them — I bought the first one and I liked the car very much but it’s the one car that, from an identity standpoint, has the hardest time of seeing itself as a full-blown Ferrari.”
It’s not clear what type of vehicle Ferrari would replace the California T with, however it’s possible that the vehicle’ successor would be more performance oriented and less of a country club cruiser. It’s easy to see why Marchionne takes issue with the California T. The car is only available as a folding hard top convertible and apart from the ‘Handling Speciale’ package, buyers can’t opt for a high performance version. In our opinion, the ideal successor to the California would be a little bit smaller, lighter and available as a hardtop. A limited-run high performance version akin the 458 Speciale or F430 Scuderia would also be available.