Driven and reviewed: Ferrari California - Still a Ferrari

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  • All the technical details
  • Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo's views
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'At the end of the day, it's still a Ferrari.'

You keep coming back to that, not least because Ferrari is desperate to prove this is no Sex and the City kind of car.

Sure, the damping is wonderfully supple, so that you notice only the sharpest scars in the road; the steering is light enough to let you park one-handed (but not too light to fog the messages it sends to the driver); refinement is so good, apart from some high-speed wind and road noise, that you could easily forget exactly what it is you're driving; and the cabin is beautifully trimmed, bluster-free with or without the top in place and ergonomically sound.

You can even see out, although the wipers leave a three-inch band next to the driver's screen pillar unswept.

On the other hand, there's the unique Ferrari V8 bellow in the upper half of the rev range that'll have you seeking routes with tunnels or high walls, gearchanges that are completed faster than you can blink, and all the Formula One-derived electronics that make buying a Ferrari more than just adding another expensive car to your collection.

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