Celebrity Cars: Ashton Kutcher (Ferrari California)

Net Worth: $200 Million
Famous For: That 70’s Show, Two and a Half Men, The Butterfly Effect, Dude, Where’s My Car?
Car MSRP: $202,000
Top Speed: 196 Miles Per Hour
Miles to The Gallon: 16 City/23 Highway

As an actor, Ashton Kutcher has been in the spotlight — or at least on the edge of it — for some time. Getting his start in the late 1990s, and continuing through movies and television shows that are being made today, the actor has shown his versatility and abilities clearly. There’s another way he gets noticed, though, and that’s through his choice of vehicle. By driving a Ferrari California, Kutcher turns heads just about wherever he goes. While many celebrities have flashy cars that most people can’t afford, the Ferrari seems to be the quintessential choice for a lot of famous people. There’s good reason for that. The cars are not only beautiful, but they provide a high level of quality and value that just isn’t going to be found in vehicles in far lower prices ranges.

Kutcher has been in the news for more than just his acting and his car, though. He also supports charitable causes, and has been married to high-profile women such as Demi Moore and Mila Kunis (his current wife). He has managed to avoid much of the more controversial problems that many celebrities have in their history, and has mostly lived what could be considered a relatively normal life. At least, as much as he was able to as someone who gets recognized nearly everywhere he goes. His Ferrari California gets noticed, as well, and is one of the nicest looking cars the company has made. It’s considered a grand-touring sports car, and was in production from 2008 to 2017.

Originally, the California was designed to be an entry-level model to the Ferrari name, but it had so many great features and design innovations that it certainly doesn’t feel like an entry level vehicle of any kind. The Portofino took over for the California in 2018, but the model remains popular. Since it was in production for a number of years, there are options for people who still might want to buy one of these mid-front engine, rear-wheel-drive cars. The V8 engine and a quality drivetrain are paired together in order to make sure anyone who drives this car gets the experience they’re expecting. People don’t buy Ferraris for commuting, although some are certainly used that way. These cars are meant for fun and adventure, which is also what they offer.

The name California was first used by Ferrari back in the 1960s, but now it’s attached to the car that was manufactured beginning in 2008. From 2008 to 2014, the Ferrari California was offered and joined the list of current models. Then, from 2014 to 2017, the California T was offered. Production of the California model ended after that year. Beginning in 2008, the creation of a new model was designed to attract new owners to the brand. The goal was to show people what Ferrari could offer, and make sure that people understood that there was an entry level model they could get excited about. It worked, as the California model started to sell quickly and well. Due to the price and quality of the car, Ferrari doesn’t have the large sales volume as other manufacturers.

That’s to be expected, and it also adds to the value of the car and helps to showcase its rarity and importance. Still, sales were strong and the California was in demand. The same was found to be true of the California T, when it came out in 2015. One of the biggest areas of significance for the California was how it changed what Ferrari offered in its cars. This was the first Ferrari production model to offer items like a folding metal roof and a dual clutch transmission. It also had a multi link rear suspension, direct fuel injection, and a V8. This was a first in a front-engine Ferrari, and a number of people flocked to the car because of its uniqueness. Ferrari continued making it for so long due to its high level of popularity.

When the California T was produced, there were several tailor made options that could be requested. That way people could get something customized, so it fit what they were really looking for in a Ferrari vehicle. Start/Stop technology, better aerodynamics, and much more were added to the car during the T’s shorter production run. The car was also marketed more than most Ferrari’s are, in order to help ensure everyone knew they could own a Ferrari at an entry level, in a way that would still give them a quality, high-end experience they would enjoy and appreciate. Kutcher is one of the people who saw the value in this car, and everything it could offer to the driving experience. It’s a great car, as evidenced by its long production run and continued popularity.

Written by Ryan


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