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California 30 in town

Our resident car flipper traded in his 2011 458 on a 2013 California 30. Will see it later this week. Funny I got a text the same day I heard about the swap, from a kid who thought it was a 599 GTB.

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Mark, you'll also see my Cali 30 next month when you visit Cannes & Monaco for our Factory visits & the Monaco GP

I was the 1st to slam the Cali when it 1st came out, as many of you know I had my original Cali for a mere 7 weeks & hated every mile, so it was with some resistance I drove the new Cali 30 model, but the transformation is night & day & as I needed a rear seat for our wee dog it was a natural fit for our European jaunt as the trip had to be made in a convertible & it also had to be a Ferrari.

I am amazed at how well sorted the Cali 30 is, yes the braking points are earlier to where they would be in a Scud or 458, but the point of the Cali is that it is a convertible GT & having now completed a very enjoyable 3,000+ miles, since leaving Scotland at the end of last month, it has proven itself a very accomplished GT Ferrari.

She is also a hoot to drive on the South of Frances various mountainous back roads & was a complete joy over the the Route Napoleon, which I did in tandem with Paul (Habsy) in his 458 & when you compare the Cali to it's natural competition (Bentley GTC, AM DBS, Merc SL etc) they really do stand head & shoulders above them all & Im having a great experience in mine & finally I can honestly say I 'get' the Cali & Im very glad I chose a Cali 30 for this magical European trip & anyone who thinks the Cali is not a true Ferrari has either not driven one or like me previously, has not given it a chance, Im glad I needed a rear seat for my dog otherwise I may have missed out on this hugely enjoyable & extremely competent Ferrari GT.
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& here's one with our wee dog, a 12kg Border Terrier!
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& here's one with our wee dog, a 12kg Border Terrier!
Peter , is there a difference between California and California 30 ?

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Peter , is there a difference between California and California 30 ?
Main difference is about 30 more hp, and about 50kg of less weight. Can also do some different trim options with the grills I have read. There is also a new handling package, that cannot be fitted to the older Cali's. Not sure if Peter has this option or not.

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Mark, you'll also see my Cali 30 next month when you visit Cannes & Monaco for our Factory visits & the Monaco GP

I was the 1st to slam the Cali when it 1st came out, as many of you know I had my original Cali for a mere 7 weeks & hated every mile, so it was with some resistance I drove the new Cali 30 model, but the transformation is night & day & as I needed a rear seat for our wee dog it was a natural fit for our European jaunt as the trip had to be made in a convertible & it also had to be a Ferrari.

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She is also a hoot to drive on the South of Frances various mountainous back roads & was a complete joy over the the Route Napoleon, which I did in tandem with Paul (Habsy) in his 458 & when you compare the Cali to it's natural competition (Bentley GTC, AM DBS, Merc SL etc) they really do stand head & shoulders above them all & Im having a great experience in mine & finally I can honestly say I 'get' the Cali & Im very glad I chose a Cali 30 for this magical European trip & anyone who thinks the Cali is not a true Ferrari has either not driven one or like me previously, has not given it a chance, Im glad I needed a rear seat for my dog otherwise I may have missed out on this hugely enjoyable & extremely competent Ferrari GT.
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New engine type to get the hp increase. Old engine was type F136IB, new engine Type F136IH.

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Is that a reflection, or an upside down photo?
Photo is upside down, tried to rectify it twice & gave up when it did same again, so enjoy the reflection Mark

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Peter , is there a difference between California and California 30 ?
Yes Pablo, 30 bhp more & 30kg less. The suspensions also been changed and its more of a drivers car as a result. In addion it is only 0.1 sec slower to 62mph (100kph) than my 16M & only 0.5 secs slower over a km, so in real world terms its just as quick as a Scud/16M now, although due to its extra weight it's braking points arrive sooner, as we discovered when Paul (Habsy) & I drove over the South of France's magnificent Route Napoleon & over a few local mountains last Friday - tbh there wasn't much between my Cali 30 & his 458, I never thought Id say what Im away to say....but....I rather like it, it's a great GT, it plods around town without complaint & it changes between a hardtop & a convertible at the press of a button - go get one you'll also have fun it it, it's not a keeper, but its a great car.

If anyone is contemplating a Cali 30 Id advise you don't spec the optional handling pack as it makes the Cali too fidgety - mine has the Cali 30's revised Magneride suspension & its all the better for it - I tried both versions before purchasing my current Cali 30 & as you all know by now, I like my toys to be drivers cars, so I thought the handling pack would be a must have, its not!

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Here's another pic with Habsys 458, at the 3,000ft high cliffside village of Gourdon near Nice, after we had finished the Route Napoleon, what an absolutely brilliant drivers road that is, no wonder it ranks alongside some of the best in Europe - if you get the chance.....do it
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And here's my Cali 30 parked outside the Hotel Martinez in Cannes with Habsy's fantastically well specified FF.
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And here's my Cali 30 parked outside the Hotel Martinez in Cannes with Habsy's fantastically well specified FF.
Peter , how would you compare it to the FF?

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Both are GT's, but play different roles, go try both & you'll see what I mean Pablo.

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Both are GT's, but play different roles, go try both & you'll see what I mean Pablo.
At this time i do not have the opportunity to try them both but i would love to your opinion!
What are the pros and cons of this two cars IHO?

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At this time i do not have the opportunity to try them both but i would love to your opinion!
What are the pros and cons of this two cars IHO?

They are both great Ferrari's & they both play the GT role effortlessly - if you want to carry 4 then the FF is a must, as the rear seats in the Cali are for luggage, wee kids & pets only.

Likewise, whilst stating the obvious, if you want a convertible you need to buy the California 30. It's a v8, with a cracking start up note & the 30 version is always ready & reactive to inputs, so its a great car to modulate & enjoy. I hated my original as it was too soft, this version has changed the game. The FF as you know is a v12 & the v12 has bucket loads more torque & circa 140 bhp more too, so as a continental cruiser, for me it'd be a FF if I didn't also want a convertible Ferrari.

They both have their place in any collection & having driven both cars for a couple of thousand miles each, I rate both very highly & for me these two cars plus something like a 16M or Scud would be all the Ferrari's I would ever use on a daily basis.

Can't think what else to add, so feel free to chirp in anyone.

Habsy's probably equally well placed to add anything I've missed, as he has both the FF & Cali, albeit his Cali is not a 30 model & like me, he doesn't care for the standard Cali either!

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And here's my Cali 30 parked outside the Hotel Martinez in Cannes with Habsy's fantastically well specified FF.
Peter, that is a lovely looking Cali, sounds like you are having a great time. If only I could I'd be down to join you and take in the GP. Enjoy!

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Peter, that is a lovely looking Cali, sounds like you are having a great time. If only I could I'd be down to join you and take in the GP. Enjoy!
Thanks Russell, she's in triple layer Rosso Maranello, which is a special order paint & she has a Nero Carbonio roof, interior is Nero with diamond stitching & to finish her off she has the full interior carbon fibre pack!

But, more importantly get yourself over here next month & I'll happily add you to the factory visits I've planned, it'd be great to see you if you can make it & join in with 5 of us guys from FL & a few of my other friends

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The Cali is looking lovely. And very appropriate in a South of France setting. Keep the pics coming. Cote d'Azur is a favourite part of the world for me...

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Peter,
The Cali is looking lovely. And very appropriate in a South of France setting. Keep the pics coming. Cote d'Azur is a favourite part of the world for me...
Wildo Barry, Im in Cannes & Côte d'Azur for a wee while yet, so there'll be loads of pic opportunities, hope they bring back happy memories for you & anyone else who's visited this magical part of the world

Btw, Johan, as in Capo is visiting with me in Cannes next week, come over & enjoy a dram with us!

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And here's my Cali 30 parked outside the Hotel Martinez in Cannes with Habsy's fantastically well specified FF.
Hopefully you can hit some of the tennis matches going on in Monte Carlo right now. 2nd round just finished, 3rd round tomorrow. Can't wait to get some rides on some of those beautiful roads. 30 days and counting!

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