For The engine sounds brilliant and provides sensational pace and flexibility. The California’s supple ride makes it a good long-distance cruiser.

Against It’s expensive, it doesn’t really work as a two-plus-two and it’s not as thrilling to drive as a Ferrari should be.

Ferrari California Open
33 5stars

If you want a Ferrari that’s comfortable and sophisticated, the California is the one. If you’re after sports car thrills, it’s not.

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There are 2 Ferrari California versions available

Open 4.3 V8 2dr £152,086
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Open 3.9 V8 T 2dr £154,490
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

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Those who expect all Ferraris to deliver seat-of-the-pants thrills will be surprised by the California. It has Formula One hand-me-downs in the form of variable traction and stability controls and carbon ceramic brakes, but it all feels rather heavy and stodgy. The ride is supple, though, making the California a good cruiser.

The California’s pace isn’t in doubt, though. It has a direct-injection 4.3-litre V8 in the nose, with a seven-speed double-clutch automated manual gearbox at the rear (there is a six-speed manual if you insist). Together they deliver all the performance you expect from a Ferrari with sensational driveability and smoothness.

Reader test team says:

Ferrari California Open 4.3 V8 2dr

Love it. Use it pretty much everyday to take my son to school and then go on to the office; round town I use it in auto mode which is smooth and…

Peter Rose

5 out of 5 stars

Ferrari California Open 4.3 V8 2dr

i bought one of these had it for one day came home from work and my wife had sold it and bought a s-class s65l amg and a antara

james betty

4 out of 5 stars
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