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Chassis and engine updates, and weight-saving redesign, put Ferrari’s entry-level model on a stronger dynamic footing

Our Verdict

The Ferrari California is the company's boldest model for decades, but is it worthy of the name?

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    Ferrari California HS 4.2 V8

    Chassis and engine updates, and weight-saving redesign, put Ferrari’s entry-level model on a stronger dynamic footing
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    Ferrari California stop-start

    Saves 10 per cent on CO2 emissions without sacrificing any significant driver involvement

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19 April 2012

I hope that pink-brown interior is a trick of poor colour reproduction.

19 April 2012

Pleased to hear the dynamics of the standard car have improved - it's a pity they didn't improve the looks of the back end at the same time ... it still looks like the wide-mouthed frog to me !

19 April 2012

It's a fantastic looking beast with searing performance. Bravo Ferrari!

19 April 2012

Pleased that they've sharpened the performance and reduced weight. Pity they didn't make it look any less like a stunned mullet.

19 April 2012

IMHO, best viewed at a distance, otherwise the protruding grille makes it look a bit 'toofy': Smiley

19 April 2012

A pretty ferrari none the less, you could buy an aston martin vantage roadster at £50k cheaper.

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19 April 2012

[quote disco.stu]like a stunned mullet.[/quote] Lol. I've never seen a stunned mullet, but I'm sure this is what it would look like. Looks better in the flesh, though. Even has a certain delicacy about it. And the big arse is not as clumsy as it looks in pics.

19 April 2012

Sorry, but I've tried and failed to like it over the years. There are plenty living around the arc from Knightsbridge to Wimbledon, but I have yet to see one in any colour or wheel combination that looks right. Sounds good on full throttle, though...

19 April 2012

[quote disco.stu]but I have yet to see one in any colour or wheel combination that looks right[/quote]

All black. I get what you are saying, and the combo in the pics is just wrong (I actually like the interior colour though). Most seem to be the light metallic blue, which is just wrong on anything that isn't a supermini.

I think it is because the styling introduces many shadows, and there is lots of black trim too, so it just looks a bit too messy. All black does away with that and, something of a back handed compliment, it diminishes the styling, so it is less fussy, leaving one to concentrate on the growl.

19 April 2012

So it only managed 0-62 in 3.9s before?! What a slouch!! 3.8s... Now we're talking (!) I, for one, love this car, and I love the fact that there is a Ferrari that you can drive without a knife in one's teeth. And yes, it's "toofy". But guess what: so was the original (http://www.aboutmostexpensive.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Most-expens...), and I can't hear anyone complaining about that one... (and I am NOT saying this one is as pretty)

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