The “more affordable fair deal” Ferrari. Perhaps not for me at the moment. The California though it’s the cheapest model is now a real Ferrari according to Lawrence Ulrich of BBC autos…
For commuters in workaday Hondas and Chevys, calling a $198, 000 sports car a fair deal might earn you a soaking at the water cooler. A thoughtful redesign has turned this most affordable Ferrari into pure, hair-mussing pleasure and a beguiling member of a lineup that otherwise starts around $240, 000 and escalates rapidly. The California already ranked as Ferraris fastest-selling model ever, finding 10, 000 buyers since its introduction in 2008.
A tail-heavy shape that recalled an Italian turnip didn’t help. More unfairly, the California suffered the reverse snobbery of internet loudmouths who feigned outrage over a Ferrari that dared consider open-roofed comfort and drivability along with performance.
Yes, the pricier 458 Italia, 458 Spider and their hyper-aggressive offshoot, the 458 Speciale, remain my fantasy Ferraris. But the Italia cannot ferry a couple to a weekend getaway, unless the luggage goes FedEx.
Andrew has been in the motor trade for over 20 years. What he enjoys most about his job is the team spirit and the dedication of his work colleagues. He also appreciates the teams input in the improvement of the company.
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