• Sep 1st 2008 at 5:54PM
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So far the only video footage we've seen of the new Ferrari California has been either computer animated or sitting still with a giant chin talking. But the fellas over at Autocar magazine in the UK made their way down to Maranello with video cameras in tow for an up-close-and-personal with the newest Prancing Stallion. After the jump you'll find some focus-changing fun angles of the new California, as well as a brief interview with product development director Roberto Corradi, who amusingly informs us that the car was made easier to drive and more softly styled to accommodate female customers. Seriously. Check it out after the jump... it's good for a laugh.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ehh I'm not crazy about California, but I understand Ferrari's thinking on this. Every maker has to have some BS products, and then use those profits into R&D of technologies to go into proper cars. Look at the Cayenne for example, a lot of people hated it, but it served its purpose or being a good source of cash-flow. So to any of you driving spectacular new GT2, you should thank all those who bought Cayennes!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Heh...best headline in a while...thanks for the laugh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the car for when the MB sl55 is to common
      • 7 Years Ago
      At Ferrari's test track, Benuzzi stretches the new 6.0-liter V-12 to the 8200-rpm rev limiter — exhaust howling — in first, second, third, then fourth gear, and we flash through the left-hand chink at 150 mph (6800 rpm in fifth).
      california dui
      • 7 Years Ago
      One thing I don't like is why do they put both pedals so close together.

      Left foot braking FTW!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah Right! Everyone loves to mock this car. You'd keep whatever you're driving now over this car. I guess it's the, I'll never in my life time be able to afford this car ...............so I mind as well mock it attitude. Right.
      This is a great looking car with amazing performance. The California car was never intended to be a track car. If any of you expert automotive know-it-all's took the time to listen to the interview you'd know what the intent of this car is & they nailed it. Bravo! I really don't see what the problem is.
      I'm sure when you take that long trek from your neighborhoods to the good part of town it's going to be a bitter pill you "car guys" to swallow, when you get smoked by a women in an "ugly" California.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't care if I get thumbs down, but I don't like this car... Yeah it's powerful and all, but my problem is the looks..... The designer should be terminated from planet earth.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Perhaps not terminated from earth, but hired on by a different company. This isn't a Ferrari, but a powdered up vette. He should get hired on by some Japanese company so that they can help compensate for their tetris brick cars (GT-R, xB, Evo, et cetera).
        • 7 Years Ago
        the fronts looks like a celica.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Eh, a lot of convertibles aren't really meant to be hardcore sports cars so I don't really think it being softer or easier to drive is too terrible.
      Kind of wish they didn't make it specifically for women though, since that sorta makes it off limits for the men now, lol.
      • 7 Years Ago
      its a girl's car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For the ladies or not, that is one hot ride I would not hesitate to acquire...
      • 7 Years Ago
      i thought i liked it at first but yes, the design is nothing exceptional. like the top gear boys say, you might only think it looks good because its a Ferrari.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As far as I can tell, the California isn't much of a sports car.

      Driving reports of the Gran Turismo have been mediocre, and this is the same thing, except with a lot less body rigidity, more weight, and a bit more power.

      If my expectation pans out, this is hardly a Ferrari.
        • 7 Years Ago
        perhaps the most apt description of this car, who cares about watering down RR's brand dna with a 7 series derivative, this is the biggest brand bastardization of the decade. such a pity though, the last time someone said a car was easy enough 'for women to drive' it was Rohrl talking about the Carrera GT and that car turned out to be a monster... and i doubt this one will.
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