Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Manhattan Beach
Ferrari Life Posts: 6
Reintroducing myself -- with pix this time...
Hi all. I introduced myself on the main "introductions" thread a few weeks back, but wanted to do so again on the 360 forum with pictures this time. The dealer took some great ones for the ad, so I just cribbed from there.
She's a 2004 Modena six-speed, red (I'm too much of a newbie to use say the color in Italian...) with red-stitched black interior, front and rear challenge grills, red calipers, manual Daytonas, shields, and base wheels -- JUST as I would've ordered her new. I bought her with 8,065 miles and, after my first week of driving, the odometer now reads 8,800!
Her maiden voyage was a trip from Manhattan Beach, CA (home) to San Luis Obispo, CA for wine tasting and trail running. Bear in mind that I'd never even driven a 360 until mine arrived from Cauley Ferrari in the Detroit, MI area, the week before. What a car! Though not nearly as fast as some of the other cars I've owned, it's easily the most satisfying drive I've ever experienced. Given that my current DD is a 2013 GT-R, and that I was underwhelmed recently by my first drive in an F355 Berlinetta, I was pretty darn worried that she might feel a tad underpowered. Not in the least. She pulls strong from the low-3K range, and I actually appreciate being able to accelerate deep into the rev-range without reaching massively unlawful speeds. And everything else is better than hoped. Just a really, really solid piece of gear. Ride, handling, seats/driving position, gearbox, storage space -- everything is fantastic. After being so worried about taking the "plunge" -- or should I say leap -- from Porsche, it's already hard to imagine not having a Ferrari in my garage. They're worth every damn penny...
As all of you know, one of the most fun/interesting aspects of Ferrari ownership is experiencing the reactions of others. My favorites are the kids -- I see so much of my younger self in them as they walk up to the car, camera-phone deployed, with a huge grin on their face. If possible, I'll let them hop in the driver's seat, but I always give them at least a couple 5K+ throttle blips. So fun. Speaking of throttle blips, the original owner fitted my car with a Nouvalari exhaust. I don't know much about the Italian aftermarket exhausts, but I know this one sounds amazing. Others' perspectives on Nouvalari vs other 360 exhaust options would be appreciated. It's hard to imagine the car sounding better, but because it's not stock, it's one of the few elements I'd consider changing.
Anyway, enough of my blather. Here she is...