Ferrari California – what do we think?

Posted by Tom Ford at 3:32 pm on Monday October 13, 2008

So, I’m off to drive the new Ferrari California this week. What do we think?

It’s a new Ferrari and I’m excited. But I’m yet to see it in the metal, and there seems to be an awful lot of stuff going on design-wise. Probably to cope with the 15-second hard-top and subsequent fat bum.

What’s the general opinion from the real world; do we love it, or do we loathe the way it looks?

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  1. James K said...
    Monday October 13, 2008 at 4:23 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I think it looks *ookin awesome! Im just worried it might become a footballers car..

  2. Tom Ford said...
    Monday October 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm Link to comment Report comment

    At the moment I’m thinking it looks lovely with the roof up, slightly less so with it folded.

  3. Rich D said...
    Monday October 13, 2008 at 5:25 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I just can’t stop thinking about Schumacher saying “Bonjourno Tutti” in his teutonic lilt at the start of the California Video…. I think it may dirupt my sleep patterns later on.

  4. Tom TG said...
    Monday October 13, 2008 at 5:40 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Ferrari have finnaly made a car that looks superb. But then again this is my opinion, it’s still gonna be jam-packed with 50 years of ferrari racing ‘now-how’.

  5. futureTGpresenter said...
    Monday October 13, 2008 at 7:47 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The only parts of this car that look good are taken from the Alpha 8C

  6. pimento said...
    Monday October 13, 2008 at 11:59 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The front of it looks like a vapid, face lifted trophy wife.. but that’s ok, it’ll match the wives of the target market..

  7. Wyvern said...
    Tuesday October 14, 2008 at 2:16 am Link to comment Report comment

    I think I’m jealous.

    I’m usually more of a Lambo girl, but the more I look at the California, the more I like it. I like its curves and I don’t mind that it has a bit of a lumpy arse cos I have one of those too :) The weird thing is I don’t know WHY I like it. But I’ll never get to drive one, so I don’t care.

  8. Ed said...
    Tuesday October 14, 2008 at 11:58 am Link to comment Report comment

    “So, I’m off to drive the new Ferrari California this week. What do we think?”

    …i hate you. i want your job. give me your job.

    please? :(

  9. the final squirrel said...
    Tuesday October 14, 2008 at 1:01 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The best looking ferrari in a while… but no soft-top? It needs one. Badly.

  10. Abbas L said...
    Tuesday October 14, 2008 at 1:32 pm Link to comment Report comment

    people you do not know anything about cars come on the so called Ferrari California. Looks like a Porsche designer designed it for them. I think ferrari are loseing there touch. TOM TG this is not a superb car the F360 is the f430 are superb cars this NO. My favorite and the best car Lamborghini have always made the best cars around.

  11. TexJo said...
    Tuesday October 14, 2008 at 2:38 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I think it’s beautiful. I don’t give a damn how good it drives because I,ll never get to drive one, ever. But I could stare at it all day.

  12. Moggy said...
    Tuesday October 14, 2008 at 3:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    stunning looking fezza. i love it. my mx-5 roof is faster tho.. lol.

  13. Af said...
    Wednesday October 15, 2008 at 1:17 am Link to comment Report comment

    Not enough to get me off a Lambo!

    So so so can’t wait till the Spyder version of the Gallardo LP560!
    That’ll be immense!!

  14. Gareth said...
    Wednesday October 15, 2008 at 2:45 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Chelsea player’s Honda S2000 really.

    What a shame

  15. Jamie Hibbard said...
    Wednesday October 15, 2008 at 3:18 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Read this: http://www.topgear.com/uk  /car-news/ferrari-califo rnia-drivin

  16. Irish Stig said...
    Wednesday October 15, 2008 at 8:15 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I love the California. It is pretty. Like Keira Knightly in car form. I bet it drives well to

  17. chris white said...
    Wednesday October 15, 2008 at 8:32 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i think judgement is down to personal tase.

    me – i hate it……..maybe hate is too strong-a-word, but dislike defintely. Too me this has come to fast from a press leak to actual driving, and a V12 or V10 would have gone lovely under that bonnet and made it a hidden rocket ship

    But i think it will be the most user friendly Ferrari to date. i may formulate an opinion when i hear Clarkson’s view, May’s view and Hammond’s view, and take an average

  18. Alex said...
    Wednesday October 15, 2008 at 8:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I doubt a V12 would fit, that bonnet is too short and having a V10 would make it more complicated in terms of vibrations which means more engine dampers, more weight, more cost etc. fitting a V8 is the most simplest, cheapest and can easily provide enough power.

  19. Mike said...
    Thursday October 16, 2008 at 12:11 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I think it looks better in some shots than others. At this point, I’ve pretty much warmed up to the look although from farther back it looks like a mash up between the Alfa 8c and a Granturismo… Still, the only larger issue I have is that the rear end could look a little nicer, perhaps two tailights would be a good start

  20. Junaid said...
    Thursday October 16, 2008 at 12:15 pm Link to comment Report comment

    At the front it looks very beautiful even on the 3/4 views. I don’t like the back; it looks like a Japanese robot and probably has been taken from a Manga. Looks good from the side, roof up or down.

  21. Flavio said...
    Thursday October 16, 2008 at 12:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    First of all I got to say that I am a huge Ferrari fan. There I said it.

    Then moving on… I can’t quite understand why people seem to be allways complaining about the rear end of the new car. The tailpipes are awesome. The classic dual pipes tilted 90 degrees. Yeah! And the single Enzo style rear lights are great touch. It’s same time classic Pininfarina design and something fresh.

    Ok, the booty of the car is a bit big, but I am “assman” (<–a man who appreciates asses rather than breasts [not in a gay way!]) and this ass is still pretty sexy (unlike the modern asses of Porsche 911s.

    Junaid talked about the manga look, and I think he’s on the right track there. Though I think its manga in a good way (like GTR).

  22. Mikeado said...
    Thursday October 16, 2008 at 1:37 pm Link to comment Report comment

    There was heated debate about the car’s appearance upon release of the PR photos, but I like it. Especially in California Blue. It’s unique whilst still being Ferrari-ish, and the arse isn’t too bad. Besides, you can tone it down by putting the roof up (You’ll likely need to with all that blasted rain)

    Definitely not seeing the manga-ness, though.

  23. Tom TG said...
    Thursday October 16, 2008 at 2:13 pm Link to comment Report comment

    No matter what everyone said on my last comment I think it looks brilliant!!

  24. breezer said...
    Thursday October 16, 2008 at 3:23 pm Link to comment Report comment

    its got the old school look a lot of u wont see that cos… well its new, but take a long lasting look and ul start 2 c ferrari’s of the 60’s in the gapping front and then the other line’s do go a bit asray but u know them line’s have handling properties. its a fine looking motor that will probly destroy all other cars in it class as usual ! i like but then my fav car looks wise is an f40 so maybe im wrong about the hole thing :L

  25. Dan said...
    Thursday October 16, 2008 at 3:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    don’t know what your complaining about with it’s looks it rocks!

  26. Judson said...
    Thursday October 16, 2008 at 9:40 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Easily Ferrari’s best looking machine since the Enzo. Not that the 599 was a wall flower but it just didn’t grab me the way a Ferrari should. But the California really jumps off the page and makes the 612 look like somthing Chris Bangle got a hold of. Does the idea of a more “softer” Ferrari make sense? The jury’s still out on that one for me, i’ll reserve judgement till i see one in action ( and being a Ferrari it will have to be heard at full wail of course ). To be honest none of this matters cause with Ferrari’s cache being at an all time high, everyone one of these will be bought and paid for before the boys at Maranello even turn the first screw

  27. Gearhead318 said...
    Thursday October 16, 2008 at 10:49 pm Link to comment Report comment

    More of a GT car maby?

  28. Brendon said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 6:16 am Link to comment Report comment

    God it is gorgeous. Unfortunately and sadly I will never get to drive one… but I can still steal a look. There always has to be softer Ferrari’s, they sell cars in America too you know. Fortunately I live in South Africa… so I’ll have a 599 thanks.

  29. NunoH said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 9:21 am Link to comment Report comment

    Looks like Ferrari in Bentley Continental territory. A real shame.

  30. Ferrari Design Chief said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 10:22 am Link to comment Report comment

    Sorry I was drunk…and inspired by a frog’s front end. Or is it face?

  31. Mikeado said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 12:12 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Erm, for recent comments, it IS a GT car – a relaxed F430 for the new generation of rich people.

  32. bfg said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 1:13 pm Link to comment Report comment

    *** it looks as if it is the maserati grandturismo s and it is probebly that since ferari owns maserati.

  33. That's what she said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm Link to comment Report comment

    bfg, it isn’t. It is actually a fair bit smaller.

  34. tro94` said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I don’t like the way it looks. An Aston is much better looking and i bet a DB9 will be cheaper as well….

  35. jduck1979 said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 5:48 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I suppose it’s looks are a bit of an improvement on the Ferrari 550 / Ferrari 575 which look too much like a Toyota Supra upfront, and sort of lacked that special Ferrari automotive god feeling when you look at them.

  36. Tejas said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 7:11 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I think Ferrari has lost it. I suppose after sometime we will have a Ferrari pick-up or an big SUV,AND A v8 WITH SUCH FIGURES SEEMS LAME, ITS NOT A PROPER FERRARI!

  37. Tejas said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 7:19 pm Link to comment Report comment

    AND FOR PEOPLE SAYING ITS A CAR FOR RICH AND WHAT NOT. WHEN DID A FERRARI EXACTLY BECAME CHEAP????????????????????  ?????????

  38. black v8 said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 8:15 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I think it’s ugly.It’s not up to Ferrarie standards.

  39. nick edmondson said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 8:20 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Tom,

    i can’d decide if the front looks like a masaratti or a olf ferrari 250GTO (the grill etc)..
    may just be me, any views??

    Nick

    p.s think it looks very nice however

  40. blah said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 8:28 pm Link to comment Report comment

    im sure it’s a very good car, it looks allright n stylish with the roof up from the front but wtf were they thinking when they designed THAT rear-end! it f**** up the design, back to the drawing board ferrari! awful

  41. Spanishman said...
    Friday October 17, 2008 at 9:11 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This car on my modest opinion should be a maserati instead of Ferrari, sincerly I’d rather get a gallardo spider.

  42. hamsey08 said...
    Saturday October 18, 2008 at 5:07 am Link to comment Report comment

    It could be a good car on paper. But with those looks everything is spoiled. Its like the Porsche Cayenne, good car but with those looks it makes me hate it. This is the same story.

  43. hamsey08 said...
    Saturday October 18, 2008 at 5:12 am Link to comment Report comment

    The old 250GT California from the 60’s is one of the most beautiful cars ever. Why can’t Ferrari do it now with the new California. If Enzo Ferrari was alive maybe his cars would have more passion, soul and flare. Ferrari’s of now don’t get me excited anymore like the F355 does.

  44. Jon102 said...
    Saturday October 18, 2008 at 7:44 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I think it looks brilliant! I still think i would have the 599 gtb because its better performing but the California is indeed better looking. I would totally want to take that on a grand tour across Europe

  45. lambomaniac said...
    Saturday October 18, 2008 at 7:49 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It looks kind of like a Maserati Granturismo but then again it was also designed by Pininfarina like the granturismo and they both look great

  46. Tejas said...
    Sunday October 19, 2008 at 11:29 am Link to comment Report comment

    I HOPE FERRARI WILL MAKE A PICK-UP NAMED WASHINGTON D.C.

  47. werner said...
    Sunday October 19, 2008 at 6:54 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This car is great and you know, the new Lamborghini is one of the most ugliest cars I have ever seen !

  48. John said...
    Sunday October 19, 2008 at 10:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    the new gallardo or the new four door concept?

  49. a fool said...
    Tuesday October 21, 2008 at 4:06 am Link to comment Report comment

    the 599 is better

  50. Andy S said...
    Tuesday October 21, 2008 at 10:06 am Link to comment Report comment

    With the top up it looks like the last generation Toyota Supra. Especially with that sizable gluteus maximus and swooped front end.

  51. werner said...
    Tuesday October 21, 2008 at 1:30 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The new four door concept …
    You can like the California or not. It surley is a super car. Indead it goes back to the ’60 but after all Ferrari has a tradition; a history which other cars have not.

  52. richard rocks said...
    Thursday October 23, 2008 at 7:53 am Link to comment Report comment

    i love it, it is so cool. btw richard hammond rocks, he is so awesome. my mum even likes him. i am 13. you should come to tassie.

  53. richard rocks said...
    Thursday October 23, 2008 at 7:59 am Link to comment Report comment

    take the aussie version off and bring the british version back please coz the s*ck no offence though.

  54. Tim said...
    Thursday October 23, 2008 at 12:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Ferrari always make the error of initially launching in red and this is a car that does not suit that colour. Having seen it in the flesh in grey, black and blue, it looks fantastic and depite what all the press feared when it was announced, it was obvious it would still be a driver’s car. Ferrari today, with their reputation, simply could not afford to produce anything else.

  55. Charlie D. Cumbria said...
    Tuesday November 11, 2008 at 6:25 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Just put a deposit of £10K on one but not sure when my name for ordering specs will come up as they haven’t released the amount of cars each dealership will receive. I am about 28th on the list at the dealership I chose. Looks like it will be in a couple of years! :(

  56. BOCK said...
    Tuesday November 18, 2008 at 2:52 am Link to comment Report comment

    Whay would the right color and what would be the right wheels?

  57. www.visitcars.co.uk said...
    Friday December 5, 2008 at 10:14 am Link to comment Report comment

    instead of making a soft woofly noise, the California’s V8 screams, In fact it sounds exactly the way you’d hope a Ferrari would. And instead of cranking out 420bhp and topping out at 7000rpm, it kicks out 453bhp and revs to 8000rpm. Nice.

  58. Anonymous said...
    Tuesday December 30, 2008 at 4:03 am Link to comment Report comment

    ohhhhh it’s pornography this car. sooooo beautiful amazing cool hope it’s as good a car as it looks

  59. jaguar james said...
    Monday January 5, 2009 at 8:53 pm Link to comment Report comment

    iwill have a used one please anyone find one without side mirrors,seats,windows,boo t lid,dont mind if the wheels are curbed slightly,doors kicked ,burnt or sandblasted paint work

    dont care about looks
    put on ford fiesta side mirrors
    ford fiesta seats with normal seatbelt
    will kick the door shut myself
    carry my mates back in from the club in the boot
    put on the main blog of pauls
    cheers james

  60. Bobi said...
    Friday January 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It looks amazing. That prabably is the best looking ferrari ever made. I really hope that it drives as good as it looks

  61. Elvis! said...
    Tuesday March 3, 2009 at 10:26 pm Link to comment Report comment

    If there should a contender to the Italion stallion it could be the Zenvo from Denmark. It just look like a killer.. so F###### great!
    Judge for yourself.

    http://www.zenvoautomotiv e.com/

    Hope the to see it in TG..

    Cheers

  62. 250 gt swb lover said...
    Thursday July 2, 2009 at 6:37 pm Link to comment Report comment

    That car IS vulgarity, just as many of her next owners, like Paris Hilton may be….
    Poor Ferrari !
    My last loved Ferrari: the 355 and may be the 612
    But help me go back to the 60’s please !!!

  63. seashore said...
    Sunday November 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Myself and she that will be obeyed were lucky enough to have a friend who had one for the w/end as a press car. He took us out in it and I can only say that it was amazing. The acceleration is startling and the car is very comfortable and the roads that it was being driven on were awful. It took everything in it’s sride andit would be very easy to gain a lot of points on your licence!!

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