The first official photographs have been published of the Ferrari California, the latest addition to the current Ferrari lineup, launched in 2004 with the 612 Scaglietti and added to more recently with the 430 Scuderia.

The Ferrari California joins the Prancing Horse’s eight-cylinder family, which has always been defined by power and performance.

It also flanks the flagship 612 Scaglietti in the prestige sporty Grand Tourer (GT) segment.

The new model will be available exclusively as a convertible with a folding hard top.

Both chassis and bodywork are aluminum, in line with the rest of the current range.

The California will be powered by a new V8 engine mounted in the mid-front position — for the first time in Ferrari’s history.

The car will be officially unveiled to the public at the Paris International Car Show in October 2008. However, over the coming weeks, new photographs and further details about it will also be released.

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