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    New California has arrived

    It was delivered to my dealer this morning and he stripped off some of the transit protection film and took a few pics for me. I'll collect it next week and take some better pics.


    I went for the bicolour option in Nero Daytona (metallic black) with the roof in Grigio Opaco (matt) which is how many 599 GTO's are painted. I've also got a couple of firsts for special request customisation I believe. The first is the central strip of the dash in alcantara to match the seat and door inserts in alcantara and tie the scheme more fully together. The second is the 458 style inserts for the rear seat bases. The stitching is Grigio Chiaro (silver grey); silver seat belts; vintage front grille; carbon steering wheel, upper dash and rear licence plate surround; yello tach, callipers and seat centre strips; shields and the 20" diamond finish wheel option.

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    Re: New California has arrived

    Wonderful car Iain - many congrats on this latest addition to your stable

    Wishing you lots of enjoyment in the miles ahead


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    thats a very beautiful colour combination Smiley  Funny enough I have never seen a Cali with Racing Seats, most of them have the electric seats which are not comfortable when you're over 6ft tall Smiley  Iain can you confirm if there is better legroom compared to the standard seats you had on your previous Cali. thanks

    Enjoy in good health.


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    Ian - I did not know you are a Ferrari fan

     

    Enjoy as just in time for the top down season.

     

    TEE


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    Have you heard  "California Dreamin'"?

    It's about two new Ferrari California within a year.

    All the best


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    reginos:

    Have you heard  "California Dreamin'"?

    It's about two new Ferrari California within a year.

    All the best

     

    19 months to be entirely accurate Smiley


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    ISUK:
    reginos:

    Have you heard  "California Dreamin'"?

    It's about two new Ferrari California within a year.

    All the best

     

    19 months to be entirely accurate Smiley

    That long!


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     For sure the best looking California I've seen so far. I love the alcantara and carbon combination.  Enjoy! 


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     Congragulations Iain!!! 


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    The alcantara looks stunning with the Yellow line - great choice !!!


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    Who said again that the California is ugly? 

    Beautiful car, absolutely amazing and the color choice is perfect in my opinion.

    Reminds me of the GTS Cab test car I drove lately. Smiley

    Drive safely and enjoy!!!  

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    congrats ISUK....

     

    RC, the carbon seats look great in the cab...


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    Congrats ISUK!!!

    Very nice color-choice

    You are putting pressure on MikeS...

    Blueflame


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    I saw a blue Cali a while back and thought it was the perfect color combo, but Im not so sure now. The car looks fantastic Iain, enjoy many happy miles in it !

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     Lain, with the Spider around the corner and having driven the California for almost two years this purchase puzzles me.

    I am certain your dealer provided you with incentives to flip the cars, nevertheless I cannot imagine a scenario where I would opt to driven the California over the 458 Spider if both were in my garage.


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    Nick,

    There are times when a 458 is too "in your face" to take to certain places as it attracts unwanted attention and it's preferable to have something a bit less obvious. The California is perfect for this. I really enjoyed my first one and have missed it over the past 3 months since letting it go. The speed, noise and comfort of these cars is fantastic IMHO and they offer a very different experience from the mid engined V8 cars. It's the sort of car you can take on a driving holiday across Europe and feel less conspicuous in whilst doing so. As I lost virtually nothing on my first Cali I was quite happy to take a second one and have a totally different spec.

    Although I'm getting the second customer 458 spider from my dealer it won't arrive until June '12 at the earliest I should think. The new model won't be shown until September this year and the first European deliveries probably won't take place until late December/early January. Right hand drive production probably won't get underway for 3 to 4 months so the first cars will arrive here in May I should guestimate. That gives me 12 months to enjoy the new Cali before deciding to trade it for something else, possibly the 599 replacement.


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    Very good (Ferrari)  family planning!


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     Thanks for the explanation. It makes a lot of sense.

    With your extensive knowledge of cars, it intrigues me that you like the California as much as you do. Granted I only drove it for an hour, but it really did not have much of an impact on me. I could have been driving Sebring convertible with a sporty exhaust. It may have been related to my ownership of several mid-engine Ferrari convertibles.


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    Nick,

    The first test drive I had in a Cali didn't wow me and I cancelled my initial order. When I subsequently switched dealers I took another, much longer test drive in the car and it totally changed my opinion of it.

    I'd say it's a car you really need to have on loan for a couple of days and do a few hundred miles of mixed driving in it before you'll really get what it's about. It also handles far better IMHO with the standard passive suspension but most demo cars are fitted with the Magneride option which will make it feel too "floaty" for drivers used to the 430.


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     Very interesting regarding the suspension. That exactly was my impression.


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    Iain.

    Wicked, wicked car

    Loving the Alacantara


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    Beautiful car congrats!!!!! Smiley


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     Iain, congratulations! I wish I could buy Ferrari's at the rate you do  Enjoy it in the best of health mate. Lovely spec!


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    Congrats Iain, enjoy it as much as you can Smiley

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    That is a stunning Cali, wonderful specs! It's a completely different beast than your first one. Should be a nice summer in it till the 458 spyder arrives

    I enjoy your purchasing power a lot, but you are very sensible and considerate with your purchases.

    I look forward to some fresh pics of delivery next week


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     congrats lain! enjoy it. it looks amazing!


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    Mike S:

     Iain, congratulations! I wish I could buy Ferrari's at the rate you do 

     

    .... and I wish I could keep all of my toys like you do Smiley


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     Congratulations on a truly unique spec.


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    Congrats Isuk,

    Stunning combo.

    Good idea to have gone for these seats, the standard electric ones are indeed to high for anyone 6ft and beyond.

    Love the alcantara in the interior.

     


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    Another great car Iain - many congratulations...

     


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