Just a little spin
A call from guy heaven: Want to test drive the new Ferrari?
Every man has fantasies about those life changing phone calls. Things like:
Perhaps No. 4 should be the call I received while in Las Vegas last Wednesday. “Hey Tod when do you get back? Ferrari wants you to review and test the California. Take it out, put it through its paces, see what ya think?”
Oh yeah. I can do that.
Being a Ferrari owner already, I had a good idea what I was getting into. I had not driven a California, but was familiar with the car and had heard a million theories on what this car is trying to do for the Ferrari brand. You know what they say about opinions? They are like Camrys, everybody has one.
My first impression with this car was the bold curves of the Pininfarina-styled body — a very interesting union of a laser focused front with a wide sexy back.
I’ve heard it described as a combo of Megan Fox meets J Lo. I prefer a tuxedo T-shirt reference: Stylish, comfortable, yet take me serious, because I’m here to party!
When you slide into the driver seat, you find a big surprise. Dare I say, “creature comforts?"
I was swaddled in sumptuous leather like an Italian baby Jesus. Everything is within reach. Including but not limited to a fantastic a/c, a music system you can hear over the engine and a GPS/ Navagation system. That’s correct, you can now look up directions while going 185 miles per hour.
As quickly as the Navigation system can take you off to far away Starbuck’s and long-lost shopping malls, it’s only a quick flick of a key and a push of a button to bring you back to Super Car reality. The low growl of the engine at start up is much like Mike Tyson’s tiger — a little scary and a lot endearing.
This thing is either going to be my new best friend or rip my face off. Either way, it will be entertaining.
As you step onto the gas it becomes very clear you are in rare automotive company. Simply put, this car is quick and is only happy when it's going fast. Very fast.
As mentioned above the creature comforts will allow you to tweet and drink coffee or talk on the phone, but why would you want to?
One trip through the butter-smooth gearbox on this seven speed and you want to text the world,“Get the F%#$ out of my way!”
The transmission on this car is worth the price of admission. Think $250,000 Xbox on steroids. The software systems in the car take into account braking, acceleration, RPM, and pitch of the nose to anticipate what you’re going to do next. This lets you get to the gear you need almost before you know you need it.
Everywhere I went, people stopped what they were doing and came out to check the California out. Lots of "Wows!" and "Holy Cows!" I even got one “DUDE!”
People are in a good mood around this car. It’s like hanging out with a cool celebrity. If you’re like me, then you think all Ferraris are magical, but with this one, you get to experience something really special.
It unites a super car with the comfort of a touring coupe — and also happens to be a hardtop convertible. It has beauty and brains.
That's quite a combo.