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First Drive: 2009 Ferrari California

Ferrari's first true "daily driver"?

by on Jul.28, 2009

Is the 2009 Ferrari California the first true "daily driver" to wear the prancing pony badge?

Is the 2009 Ferrari California the first true "daily driver" to wear the prancing pony badge?

Is it just me, or does the idea of driving a Ferrari every day seem like something of an oxymoron?

Friends with Spyders and Scagliettis and F430s are likely to pull them out to admire and maybe clock a few dozen miles, on the weekend.  But commute?  Take them to the grocery store?  Leave them in the movie theater parking lot?  Not a chance. At least not until now. But when the folks at Ferrari start describing the new 2009 California as a daily driver, they really mean it. And if you’re willing to risk a ding in the supermarket lot, you just might agree.

The launch of the 2010 Ferrari California has kicked off a little dust-up among those who’ve argued that it’s not quite up to the design standards of the brand.  There’s no question it’s a bit different from the likes of the F430 or the 612 Scaglietti, with some unusual touches, like the vertically stacked twin-double exhaust pipes, a layout Ferrari aerodynamicists came up with because it reduces drag in the rear wheel wells.

Faster than a speeding Ferrari!

Faster than a speeding Ferrari!

But to our eyes, it’s also an admirable attempt at homage to the original 250 GT California, which was produced between 1953 and 1964.

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