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    DR Feature - Ferrari California

    Here's the feature. We need to pit it against some serious rivals in a group test before we can really conclude how good it is, but seems it's better than the layout and weight had led us to believe.

    Ferrari California First Drive


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    Saw the same colour car at my dealer this morning. Not impressed with the looks. It's just not exotic enough.

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    Fantastic photography and write up. The conclusion is that its still every bit a Ferrari to drive.........maybe just not to look at.

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    The Mondial T was still regarded as a Ferrari but it was no Testarossa or 348. Same applies here. The Cafifornia is a softer Ferrari. I think that it would make sense if Ferrari disscontinued the 430 and had the California in its place while placing the Scuderia and Scuderia Spider as their V8 hardcore models.

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    I want to like the California, but I keep thinking Mercedes SL every time I glance at it. ...Why not get the real thing at half the price?

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    With regard to the atrocious looking cars Ferrari has produced lately (the last beautiful Ferrari was the F355), DR has this to say, and I quote: "And no, the California is not 612 Scaglietti ugly, but nor is it even close to returning Ferrari to anywhere near its best, a period sadly and worringly rapdily receding into the distant past. Does that matter? Probably not....Besides, Ferrari knows they could build a car with the visual attraction of a 1960s municipal swimming baths and so long as it bore the that badge on the front, this would not be held against it."

    This is what I've meant by Ferrari "spitting on their customers' faces" with their recent terrible looking cars, especially the F360, F430, and 612. And now the California.They have abandoned their core customers and true enthusiasts and turned their attention to selling cars to the poser who are only interested in driving a car that will attract attention and have that precious badge. That has become their new target market. They know the poser doesn't care about such a thing as classic Ferrari styling, so Ferrari is going with the latest styling fads and weird styling designs to attract attention. Terrible.

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    What you tend to forget is that Ferrari has always pushed the enveloppe in terms of design, whereas some companies like Porsche just tweak the design. What you call Ferrari classic styling was at the time they were introduced as criticized as the current lineup is. They became classic later.


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    SciFrog:

    What you tend to forget is that Ferrari has always pushed the enveloppe in terms of design, whereas some companies like Porsche just tweak the design. What you call Ferrari classic styling was at the time they were introduced as criticized as the current lineup is. They became classic later.

    I don't recall any Ferrari cars prior to, and including, the F355, receiving as much criticism as Ferrari's latest offerings. I think DR agrees with me. How do you explain their quote: ": "And no, the California is not 612 Scaglietti ugly, but nor is it even close to returning Ferrari to anywhere near its best, a period sadly and worringly rapdily receding into the distant past." DR is right in their observation that Ferrari can do no wrong in terms of styling as long as their product has the precious Ferrari badge. Ferrari is 100% going after the poser market. The want to make weird looking cars that maximize attention. That's what posers want.

     

     


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    DavidSF:
    SciFrog:

    What you tend to forget is that Ferrari has always pushed the enveloppe in terms of design, whereas some companies like Porsche just tweak the design. What you call Ferrari classic styling was at the time they were introduced as criticized as the current lineup is. They became classic later.

    I don't recall any Ferrari cars prior to, and including, the F355, receiving as much criticism as Ferrari's latest offerings. I think DR agrees with me. How do you explain their quote: ": "And no, the California is not 612 Scaglietti ugly, but nor is it even close to returning Ferrari to anywhere near its best, a period sadly and worringly rapdily receding into the distant past." DR is right in their observation that Ferrari can do no wrong in terms of styling as long as their product has the precious Ferrari badge. Ferrari is 100% going after the poser market. The want to make weird looking cars that maximize attention. That's what posers want.

     

     

    100% after the poser market? Then why would they bother having the second fastest car after the GT2 (the scud) and the fastest real four seater car (612) and the fastest production 0-300 car (599)?

     

    Maybe your view is biased by the Californian way of thinking and the californian owners of Ferarris, but it is not like that everywhere.

     

    The last thing in my mind when I got my 612 was being a poser, I don't even drive it to work. It was simply the most fun four seater car to drive. 


    Re: DR Feature - Ferrari California

    SciFrog:
    DavidSF:
    SciFrog:

    What you tend to forget is that Ferrari has always pushed the enveloppe in terms of design, whereas some companies like Porsche just tweak the design. What you call Ferrari classic styling was at the time they were introduced as criticized as the current lineup is. They became classic later.

    I don't recall any Ferrari cars prior to, and including, the F355, receiving as much criticism as Ferrari's latest offerings. I think DR agrees with me. How do you explain their quote: ": "And no, the California is not 612 Scaglietti ugly, but nor is it even close to returning Ferrari to anywhere near its best, a period sadly and worringly rapdily receding into the distant past." DR is right in their observation that Ferrari can do no wrong in terms of styling as long as their product has the precious Ferrari badge. Ferrari is 100% going after the poser market. The want to make weird looking cars that maximize attention. That's what posers want.

     

     

    100% after the poser market? Then why would they bother having the second fastest car after the GT2 (the scud) and the fastest real four seater car (612) and the fastest production 0-300 car (599)?

     

    Maybe your view is biased by the Californian way of thinking and the californian owners of Ferarris, but it is not like that everywhere.

     

    The last thing in my mind when I got my 612 was being a poser, I don't even drive it to work. It was simply the most fun four seater car to drive. 

    Even posers like fast cars and bragging rights. But the most important thing is the precious badge. Then performance.  Yeah, maybe I am biased...here in San Francisco, where Ferraris are more common than you might think, all you have to do is go to the Marina district (Union St.) on a Friday or Saturday night and there's a better than 50% chance you will see a Ferrari parked with the owner standing next to it chatting with tourists who stop to look at it. LOL. But, I don't think it's just me. Read between the lines of what DR wrote and you will see that DR thinks Ferrari is going after the poser market too. BTW, just because Ferrari is making cars for posers (the new California is proof), I don't think all Ferrari owners are posers.

     

     


     
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