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RE: Driven: Ferrari California Handling Speciale

RE: Driven: Ferrari California Handling Speciale

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tommy vercetti

9,747 posts

70 months

Monday 23rd April 2012
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Seen oe in the flesh, red coloured one, I think its a great looking car.

mr2j

516 posts

65 months

Monday 23rd April 2012
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rohrl said:
There's a black California parked near my office nearly every day so I've had quite a lot of time to look at in the flesh.

It's just gawky and uncomfortable looking and a complete contrast with the F458 which is sometimes parked next to it. Even the behemoth 612 which is nearly as big as the USS Nimitz up close is obviously much better resolved as a whole.

I'm no designer but I know when a car looks at ease with itself and the Cali doesn't.
you work in a certain south-east london borough by any chance? i do remember going past a car park that often had a black cali and couple of red 458s which i thought must have been an overspill for a dealers (de stefanos?) as there was often bentleys etc flanking them. i think the plate on the cali is something ridiculous like ENG11N (i still see it on the road occasionally) and i couldn't help but think it looked great in black.

F1GTRUeno

2,927 posts

125 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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ironictwist said:
The rear is beautiful, a work of art
Talk about different strokes, I think the rear of the Cali is an absolute abomination.

The rest of it isn't much better and the added bling of this kit isn't doing it many favours.


ironictwist

7,096 posts

112 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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F1GTRUeno said:
ironictwist said:
The rear is beautiful, a work of art
Talk about different strokes, I think the rear of the Cali is an absolute abomination.
The car really does polarise opinion! hehe

chandrew

383 posts

116 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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poo at Paul's said:
For some odd reason, the California is the ONLY car in the current Ferarri range that I would buy ( cash permitting).
...because it's the only one you can order with a proper manual gearbox maybe?
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kaliber

42 posts

83 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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Does it still have pretend exhausts? Yep? Still a pretend Ferrari then, that is all

GroundEffect

9,375 posts

63 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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kaliber said:
Does it still have pretend exhausts? Yep? Still a pretend Ferrari then, that is all
Loads of sports cars do that...

kaliber

42 posts

83 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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GroundEffect said:
Loads of sports cars do that...
Dont think so... name 3? other than the cali? Its awful. You pay alot of money for the thing and they make it look like a cheap halfords reject. Its terrible! Looks awful and is a clear marketing exerise for ferrari to try and tempt people away from porsches etc, but because its been built to a specific budget it just ruins everything a ferrari is meant to be.


Schnellmann

1,893 posts

111 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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Please can someone explain to me the point of the California having "4" seats, when you cannot possibly get anybody (with legs) into the rear two seats? This is a genuine question because if you don't need four seats, why wouldn't you buy either a 599 or a 458 spider instead?

mikey k

11,526 posts

123 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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Schnellmann said:
Please can someone explain to me the point of the California having "4" seats, when you cannot possibly get anybody (with legs) into the rear two seats? This is a genuine question because if you don't need four seats, why wouldn't you buy either a 599 or a 458 spider instead?
Those seats are no different to those in an AM DB9.
It's a 2+2 wink
I looked at a Cali before I bought my Vantage S.
If you do any overnight stops with it you will need the seats for storage as the boot is crap with the roof down frown
It is ALOT cheaper than a %99 or 458 spider as well wink

It looks like the handling upgrade has made it a bit more focused.
I quite like the fact you can switch it from hooner to cruiser (unlike my V8VS)
Shame it still looks plug ugly wink

mikey k

11,526 posts

123 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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kaliber said:
Dont think so... name 3?
Veyron, Murciélago & ALL VH platform Astons wink

Edited by mikey k on Tuesday 24th April 13:23

sinbaddio

584 posts

83 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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mikey k said:
kaliber said:
Dont think so... name 3?
Veyron, Murciélago & ALL VH platform Astons wink

Edited by mikey k on Tuesday 24th April 13:23
Lexus IS-F?

MonkeyMatt

5,597 posts

114 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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sinbaddio said:
mikey k said:
kaliber said:
Dont think so... name 3?
Veyron, Murciélago & ALL VH platform Astons wink

Edited by mikey k on Tuesday 24th April 13:23
Lexus IS-F?
Do you mean actual fake exhaust pipes, or ones with sound enhancement?

mikey k

11,526 posts

123 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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Kalibers quote was "fake exhaust" what ever means wink
There are loads of cars of ALL price range out there (including the Lexus wink ) that use finishing trims to "enhance" the look of the exhaust

Edited by mikey k on Tuesday 24th April 15:47

mikey k

11,526 posts

123 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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Thinking about this I'd probably go for a used 16M rather than a Cali with the handling pack scratchchin

RemyMartin

3,153 posts

112 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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Hateful car. It pains me to say that.

JS100

221 posts

64 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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RemyMartin said:
Hateful car. It pains me to say that.
Agreed - utterly tasteless pile of sh*te! Symptomatic of modern Ferrari.

George H

13,501 posts

71 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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mikey k said:
Thinking about this I'd probably go for a used 16M rather than a Cali with the handling pack scratchchin
They're both hideous! Just wait for the V12V roadster, you know you want to! smile

mikey k

11,526 posts

123 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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George H said:
mikey k said:
Thinking about this I'd probably go for a used 16M rather than a Cali with the handling pack scratchchin
They're both hideous! Just wait for the V12V roadster, you know you want to! smile
That could be a long wait if Bez has anything to do with it.
I may take it in to my own hands on Friday wink

GTiFrank

601 posts

91 months

Tuesday 24th April 2012
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SrMoreno said:
You didn't get Chris Harris to test it, then....
I've got to say I'm with monkey on this one. Spoke to a Mclaren Engineer at Longcross test facility last year about the MP412C, Noble, 458 track test EVO did where the 458 got the fastest time. He was moaning about the 458 they pitched it against being pretty much a slick shod GT Racer. Sad that Ferrari should do this to themselves, does nothing but damage to their reputation IMO.