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post #1 of 11 Old 01-20-2016, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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California vs 599 GTB

Evening all, I am going to buy a Ferrari as 3rd car for fun. The two that interest me the most are California and 599 GTB Fiorano The used Californias seem to be a good value but the 599 seems so special and unique. I will be driving both this week. I would love any feedback.
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-20-2016, 07:36 PM
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599 all the way, imo
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-20-2016, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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I've never driven a 599, in any variant.

And initially, I was not a fan of the California. Until I drove it. The CAL T was a surprisingly fun car to drive. I can see why they are the top seller.

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Totally different Ferraris. After you drive them, the choice will be obvious.

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After you drive them, the choice will be obvious.
Concur 100%
Get the one that "speaks" to you.

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Totally different Ferraris. After you drive them, the choice will be obvious.
Taz is absolutely right. And whichever is right for you - and it could be either - will be right for you, and it could easily be wrong for the next guy. BTW, "rightness" will have nothing to do with cost.

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post #8 of 11 Old 01-21-2016, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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F430 and California

Thank you for the feedback. I drove the California and the F430 today. Both were fun but I preferred the F430. I'm in Austin and there are not any 599s here at the moment.

Driving them tells you everything you need to know.
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-21-2016, 08:26 PM
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The F430 and California are even more different than the 599 and California. If you like lots of attention and ultimate handling, go for the F430. If you like lots of power everywhere in the rev band, go for the 599 and be careful when you put your foot down. The 599 has a naturally aspirated V12, and those will in the future be unavailable new from Ferrari.

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The first Ferrari should be all about what really excites you and makes you feel like the first date you had with the opposite sex(or same sex depending on your inclination). When you start looking at 2nd or 3rd Ferrari then the choice should be more nuanced. Say you buy a mid-engine 8 cylinder. You might want your 2nd car to be a front engine 12 cylinder version.

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599. California is 4 cylinders short of a Ferrari (unless you mean a 250, of course!).

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