• Aug 24, 2009
As the global economy shows signs of both recovering and getting worse, luxury and exotic automakers are hedging their bets more and more. Introducing cars like the Aston Martin One-77, Bugatti Sang Bleu and Bentley Muslanne made perfect sense -- in 1999. In today's unstable financial climate, you just can't be too careful. While most enthusiasts are salivating over the release of the new Ferrari 458 Italia with its auto-deforming front air intakes and 200+ mph top speed, the more rational among us are getting excited about the new low cost offerings from Europe like the Alfa Romeo MiTo, Fiat 500 and the just spotted baby Ferrari Spider (that's prancing horse speak for "roadster") pictured above.

Set to be named the El Duce, Maranello's newest rag top will compete with the likes of Porsche Boxster, BMW Z4 and Chevrol... hey wait a second -- that's not a Ferrari!! That's some Starbucks swillin' hoser's tarted up Mazda Miata!

Be honest... did he almost have you fooled into thinking this is an actual Ferrari? Us too! It's the attention to detail. Like the Prancing Horse emblem, the Ferrari badge and the Ferrari license plate frame. They don't just hand those out at half-priced day at Pick'n'Pull. Most convincing is the sign that states, "Ferrari Parking Only: All Others Will Be Towed." Because if it were actually, say, a Mazda Miata, it would have been towed already, right? Normally, only F355 owners go through the trouble of driving around with that particular sign in their trunk. And check out those Pininfarina designed mud flaps. Ferraritastic, no? How best to sum this one up? Ah, got it: Ten pounds of suck in a five pound bag. And you thought the BMW R8 is bad. Oh wait, it is! Thanks to Ryan in Seattle for snapping this photo and sending it in.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      debadge a miata and you never know what sort of things people will call it. my old roommates red mazdaspeed was called a ferrari on a couple occasions. the NB coupe does look like a little ferrari. doesnt make this rebadging any more right. still dumb.

      in defense of all miatas, it may be a woman's sports car, but its consisntantly the best sports car. what exactly makes it a womans sports car anyways?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sadly the only thing that makes it a chick car is the fact that it's cute and affordable. That it happens to be a great little sports car means that guys can get away with driving it as opposed to say a VW Cabrio.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have more than once considered doing this to my miata. My personal inspiration was that on a particular weekend several pedestrians within the same day cried, "Ferrari!" and both times I was the only car around. People in general are pretty ignorant when it comes to cars. This is just intended to make the enthusiast laugh and the average person leave noseprints...on a miata.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where I live north of Toronto in a mostly Italian area, people put a Ferrari logo on everything. Its really kind of a joke when you see some guy in a Ford F-150 with an Italian flag and a giant Ferrari logo decorating the tailgate. I don't get it, but hey, its your money.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Any different than a guy with a confederate flag and a nascar sticker on his tailgate? He's just a Ferrari racing fan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Woodbridge?
      • 5 Years Ago
      What if Ferrari sues him for violating their copyright?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't feel bad. About a week ago I brought my Ferrari to a show and some guy came up and started talking to me about my "Toyota"!!! I would have understood if the guy was drunk but how could you mistake the two especially when everything in the engine bay said Ferrari.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We used to tell people who asked that our Porsche 914 was a Ferrari, sadly most believed it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it really newsworthy when some loser puts a different badge on their car? I see this crap all the time, get over it AB!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it's pretty funny. :D

      Nothing like irritating a bunch of car snobs with no sense of humor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it would behoove upon Autoblog editors to block out license plates for private cars in pictures taken without permission. There needs to be some ethical behavior around these parts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        PrintError is right, there is no need to blank out plates. A license plate is a very public thing, ment to be seen by all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Normally, only F355 owners go through the trouble of driving around with that particular sign in their trunk."

      Hey! I knew something was missing from mine, now I know what it is!... And why are you pickin' on us? Can't you go after the Mondial owners or something?

      Besides, that assessment is completely off-base - most of the time, F355's are in the shop, so we don't need parking signs like that anyways. :|
      • 5 Years Ago
      hey, that looks like a mazda .. lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not sure which is worse: The R8-BMW 850i or this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The BMW R8 is a greater sin.
        This is just a desperate man's attempt to idisguise the fact that he drives a car with a woman's sports car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd go for the BMW R8, that was just horrible. Not that this one is not, but the R8 was really disgusting.
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