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post #1 of 49 Old 01-17-2010, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Test Drive: California

I had the thrill of test driving a California yesterday! Never thought I'd say that because I didn't really like the car until I saw it in person yesterday. And, most importantly, in dark colors.

They had three on the floor, Rosso Corsa, Nero, and Silverstone. The red was horrible - I was stunned. It was so distracting that I failed to notice the Silverstone sitting right next to it... The Silverstone over a beige interior was lovely, with the paint diminishing the design 'flaws'.

I drove the black California (in a light rain) and was pleasantly surprised. The new transmission is flawless. Too flawless, I don't yet know. The seats were very nice, yet very firm. The sound was nice, as well, but I never really opened it up, due to the road conditions. My way better half absolutely loved everything about the Cali. She also disliked the red, but she has always been against red cars.

Who knows, I could be driving a California after all...

And I'll be glad to share more 'insight' if anyone is interested and will try to upload a photo or two (but I am technology challenged...)

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I was driving behind one today (anyone here form driving along the A30 today in a yellow California?) - I have to say yellow suited it really well!

Would love to know what it is like to drive, owning a red 550 myself suspect it will eb the gearbox and more advanced suspension that would be the big differences.
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I was driving behind one today (anyone here form driving along the A30 today in a yellow California?) - I have to say yellow suited it really well!

Would love to know what it is like to drive, owning a red 550 myself suspect it will eb the gearbox and more advanced suspension that would be the big differences.
Would like to see one (in person) in yellow, myself. Glad you liked it!

I have not had the thrill of driving a 550/575/599 so I cannot begin to make that kind of comparison - sorry...

I was interested to note that they were asking about $30k over MSRP for the cars. I was offered to order one at MSRP a few months ago (and yesterday) but did not do so at the time because the reviews were no so kind and some of the photos of the car were not at all good. Much better in real life!

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Question: do we have any California owners (current model) posting on FLife?

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Road and Track has another write-up in its current issue. I was this close to seeing one in person, but missed it.

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Only experience with the California was a test drive that I cut short. Sorry but personally it did not appeal at all.
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Only experience with the California was a test drive that I cut short. Sorry but personally it did not appeal at all.
Understandable, given your stable!


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On the two, the Maserati Granturismo was more appealing than the Cali.
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On the two, the Maserati Granturismo was more appealing than the Cali.
Love the Maserati, my dealer has both. I just cannot get past those three little 'ports' on the side - that embelishment looks like a Buick!


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Love the Maserati, my dealer has both. I just cannot get past those three little 'ports' on the side - that embelishment looks like a Buick!

No great benefit of living in Europe.....no Buicks
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Love the Maserati, my dealer has both. I just cannot get past those three little 'ports' on the side - that embelishment looks like a Buick!

agreed.

MY biggest problems with the CA are:

1. Way to much going on there resembling other older cars, that makes me feel someone either tried too hard, or didn't understand the simplicity of functioning design. Almost Buick in fake ports and such.

2. Tail, but, getting used to the NEW single LED lights, as that is just the way they are going to go. BTW< HATE Front LED lights that show all the time. WOuld rather they went back to covered lights.

3. WAY, TOO expensive. If I wanted that car in it's unsorted--unproven-- mechanics and condition knowing what I know of Ferrari, then I'd have to wait 10 years.

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2. Tail, but, getting used to the NEW single LED lights, as that is just the way they are going to go. BTW< HATE Front LED lights that show all the time. WOuld rather they went back to covered lights.
I could live without the LEDs, as well...


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Fiat/Ferrari should have left it as a Maserati project and priced it $50k less.
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I have to disagree with you Granucci on point 3. Ferrari's in recent years (on the whole) have shown themselvesto be very reliable as far as sports cars go. Therefore bringing a brand new model out in this day and age shouldn't pose any serious problems.

I'd have no problem buying one if I had enough money to not worry about the depreciation and needed a daily driver, but I have to say I would feel like a tool explaining to everyone....

'Yes, those exhaust pipes are fake'

But the more relevant question is not about the cost, but how you could buy a california when there is a 458 alongside it in the price catalogue!
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What is more interesting now are the reports coming out of converts and admirers of the car, those who have actually bought or will buy the car, who at once hated it.
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But the more relevant question is not about the cost, but how you could buy a california when there is a 458 alongside it in the price catalogue!
I think that 'market forces' will take car of that similarity in price...

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Fiat/Ferrari should have left it as a Maserati project and priced it $50k less.
Absolutely agree!!

They may profit much on this Ferrari badged Maserati on the new-money markets but in the long run, the Ferrari brand and products as perceived to this day, will be dented. When they want volume sales they should use the Maserati brand and leave us ferraristi with a feeling of exclusivity.

I am utterly disappointed that the spectacular and historic model name California had to be revived this way. Why on earth do you need a heavy foldable tin roof on a Ferrari anyway and where is the V12? - Oh I see, it's a Maserati platform so there is no V12... It goes against what di Montezemelo has said himself; The extreme cutting edge cars will be Ferraris and the less extreme cars will be Maseratis.

Taking market from the Mercedes SL buyers with the Ferrari brand will cause brand inflation so shoot me and walk away gracefully if I am wrong!

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I have to disagree with you Granucci on point 3. Ferrari's in recent years (on the whole) have shown themselvesto be very reliable as far as sports cars go. Therefore bringing a brand new model out in this day and age shouldn't pose any serious problems.
Guess you haven't heard about the clutch problems as well as other items: Being done, 'secretly' without fanfare = typical Ferrari scenario.

Sorry, will wait for them to be sorted before plunking down that $

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As always, the information, comments, data, opinions at Ferrari Life are worth far more than the price of admission...

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Absolutely agree!!

They may profit much on this Ferrari badged Maserati on the new-money markets but in the long run, the Ferrari brand and products as perceived to this day, will be dented. When they want volume sales they should use the Maserati brand and leave us ferraristi with a feeling of exclusivity.

I am utterly disappointed that the spectacular and historic model name California had to be revived this way. Why on earth do you need a heavy foldable tin roof on a Ferrari anyway and where is the V12? - Oh I see, it's a Maserati platform so there is no V12... It goes against what di Montezemelo has said himself; The extreme cutting edge cars will be Ferraris and the less extreme cars will be Maseratis.

Taking market from the Mercedes SL buyers with the Ferrari brand will cause brand inflation so shoot me and walk away gracefully if I am wrong!

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I could not agree more.
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