• Jul 1, 2008


Click above to view the latest batch of Ferrari California images in our gallery

We hate to ruin your summer, but in the automotive world the sunny season is little more than a few months with no car shows. What kind of fun is that? Well, after the summer's over we'll be headed to Paris to bring you your fix of new car extravaganza. Among the new models being unveiled there will be the Ferrari California, which we've so far only been able to see in bits and pieces as Maranello sees fit to release it. So while the California's launch site (not to mention the Ferrari media site) continue to offer only the initial batch of computer-enhanced studio shots, major publications like Auto Bild and now Road & Track get exclusive new shots of the hardtop convertible from every angle. We'll continue to do our best to bring you what's available, but unfortunately the latest crop is decidedly low-res. Check 'em out in the constantly-updated gallery by clicking the new thumbnails below, or follow the jump to watch them in a YouTube video slideshow (though we'd recommend turning off the sound).

[Source: Road & Track]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      The original California was a beautiful car. The original Lusso was perhaps, the most beautiful GT ever built, certainly the most beautiful Ferrari. The GTB wasn't really beautiful in terms of being sensual but it was simple and aggressive in a way that made it work.

      This car, seems to be a collection of design cues, some California, some GTB, some 599 that in the end simply don't add up to a harmonius whole. That's the problem with so many heritage designs. They hint at originals, usually more than one, that were mold breaking when they were built and never succeed in establishing an identity of their own.

      If you look at Ferrari's over the twenty year period, early fifties to early seventies, you see evolutionary and revolutionary (the Daytona, the Dino) designs. The goal seemed to be to build on what was recent or to break with the past altogether.

      The front engine designs of the last ten years don't have a language of their own and haven't captured the flowing (or aggressive) lines of the cars from the sixties either. They don't move me and if they came from somone else other than Ferrari, wouldn't be praised. Put a Maserati GT next to a 612 or the new Alfa next to a 599 or this thing, and you'll see what I mean.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone know why it's called "California?"
        • 6 Years Ago
        As a reference to the 1960s 250gt-based convertibles that were designed to sell in the US.

        What the haters with the blinders aren't seeing is a future fixed-roof coupe built on this platform thats gonna be hotter than Satan's crotch! Diminish the butt, eliminate the tacky side gills and strip the interior and you get a front engined GT that will bring the fight to the NSX, GTR and Lexus LF-A...

        you all have been warned!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gezzz... Autoblog... one. Ferrari California post per week please... this thing is getting on my nevus. it's like the ugly fat chick that wont leave you alone... this car is Ugly Ugly Ugly...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, Ferrari had to include SOMETHING in the shot that looks sexy. The car certainly doesn't(!). The building is actually better looking than the 'California'.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The problem with the California is the looks of the car. Not many like it, but it's not really Pinanfarina's fault. They get credit for the car (their logo is on the side of the body), but the car was designed 'in-house' by the same people who style Fiats. Ferrari needs to recapture the glamor their cars once had by allowing outside design houses pen their cars (like Guigiaro or Bertone, both of whom have created stunning designs for Ferrari in the past). The California didn't have a chance - from the beginning - when Ferrari gave the project to the stylists inside a building that looks like that thing in the photo(!).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is that supposed to be some kind of innuendo in the pic or something?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sadly, I think I know what you're talking about. LOL
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just me, but I absolutely love it. Everything about it. I saw some photos awhile back with it beside the original California, which explained some of the styling cues.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's the Ferrari Factory in the background.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yup, more specifically, it is their wind tunnel
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've seen more pics on wallpaper size in www.myautomovil.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      This could be used in the next Disney Cars movie and it would already have the mouth.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is "FXY" on the instrument cluster?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't help but think that this looks a bit like a circa-2000 Hyundai Tiburon. No?
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