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Old 05-13-2008, 08:41 PM   #16
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I Dont Think They Copied Lexus At All..... I Mean Who Copies Lexus Anyway?
The Original 250 Gt California Had The Pipes Coming Out The Backside Almost Identically... All They Did Is Stack Them... No Big Deal....
The Design Has To Evolve.... Even Though Im Not Loving The Stacked Pipes.. I Still Think The Car Looks Beutiful.....
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:03 PM   #17
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Folding hard-top may be it's only saving grace.. Certainly appears the California won't be flying the performance flag for Ferrari. Looking forward to learning more.

I couldn't put my finger on it earlier - now I realise that the headlights are similar to that of the Toyota MR2.. Ferrari FTL.

MR2!
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:10 PM   #18
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Hmmm. So the 4.3L V8. Is that pretty much the F430 engine with direct injection? And why are they making a big deal about it having a flat plane crank? It's nothing new for a Ferrari.

I guess the DSG is the biggest technological addition to the Ferrari lineup. Is that a death knell for the F1 transmission?
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:51 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by HeilSvenska View Post
I guess the DSG is the biggest technological addition to the Ferrari lineup. Is that a death knell for the F1 transmission?
Good question. Perhaps it is being touted as a smoother transition between gears - ideal for the "refined" image being portrayed in this GT. (The F1 gearbox is quite clunky, and perhaps not quite as fitting as the DSG)

Any idea on the California DSG shift times? I didn't see this inclusion coming from them...
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:00 PM   #20
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-double post? someone needs to find a way to delete posts.
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:07 PM   #21
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Ferrari GT = Ferrari Lazy. The only good reason for buying a Ferrari lost: uncompromised sporting nature. Now it's going after the Maserati market after "losing" Maserati to Alfa Romeo.

Funnily enough, the Ferrari GT gives you plenty of reasons to buy the Maserati instead. Mostly looks. ...and price. Now Maserati Granturismo gets a 4.7L 440hp V8 and the new Maserati Spyder will soon join the fray... Let the sibling rivalry erupt in a bloody cannibalistic mess.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:17 PM   #22
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Just as expected!...in more ways then one.
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Old 05-14-2008, 12:14 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by r2r View Post
Just as expected!...in more ways then one.
sadly, this is true....

but also as you said... the headlight assy. is one of the best ever made

I really like the nose of this car... the window line is nothing special as a drop top

the side would work better if it wasn't for the line from the mid door into the faux rear arch... that line, into a pseudo hump looks terrible

the rear is ok... i'm not so sure about the tailpipes....

we need more photos
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Old 05-14-2008, 01:32 AM   #24
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Well at least this car is evoking opinion. Nth, I note all your points, but pretty much disagree with each one. I like the side profile, but hate the nose. Don't mind the lines - but think the exhausts look tacky.

Neither right or wrong - just opinion. I doubt this will go down as an all-time classic in the looks dept though
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:09 AM   #25
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What is this going to cost?? $240,000?

Not that they care about me and my demographic, but this car is for a nouveau riche wannabe-Tifosi... it looks like a classic Ferrari in layout, but is a Trident in a Prancing Horse skin - if I wanted a GT I would go for a 575 or 550.
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:09 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by RC45 View Post
What is this going to cost?? $240,000?

Not that they care about me and my demographic, but this car is for a nouveau riche wannabe-Tifosi... it looks like a classic Ferrari in layout, but is a Trident in a Prancing Horse skin - if I wanted a GT I would go for a 575 or 550.

here here, expect to see it in a g unit or cash money millionaires music videos near you
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:31 AM   #27
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Nice Fiat! This new Fiat Barcheta re-badged Ferrari looks awesome
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:19 PM   #28
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haha when i heard the sound that ferrari mule at the 'ring made, i thought they sounded very muscle car like so i thought they were gonna ditch the flat plane crank system...i guess the mules are for maserati then?...


i just heard a few revs of the california on its webpage...very similar to the f430

design wise it's no 275 gtb, but i think it looks good from the rear and three quarters ... yes despite the lexus like exhaust, at least they're actually functional on this one... at least i hope they are
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Old 05-16-2008, 08:28 AM   #29
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I think it looks fantastic apart from the single rear lights Ferrari are using these days. They did a much better job with this than the 360. Its a bit worrying that there aren't any pictures with the roof up though. If you live in the UK you can see what Auto Express thinks it will look like with the roof up if you buy the latest copy.
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:22 AM   #30
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It looks good, but very un-Ferrari. I also don't see why they need another model out there. Don't think those who were considering 575s or 612s would be rushing to this one.
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