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  Ferrari California

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:2012 - 2014
Introduced at:2012 Geneva Motor Show
Internal name:F149
Predecessor:Ferrari California
Successor:Ferrari California T
Source:Company press release
Last updated:February 16, 2012
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 The last Hurrah?  
The horsepower upgrade could be Ferrariís way of giving the California a last Hurrah, itís an old marketing trick manufacturers do, giving a car a performance boost as they send it to pasture. So many American muscle cars got HP boost the year before the Government crackdown on emission. Even Ferrari has done it in the past. It could mean the California could be gone for the model year 2014. Which is about right because it meets Lucaís schedule of a 5 year production cycle.

So many jack asses called the car a chickís car or a hairdresserís car, yeah a chickís car with 400+ HP. I think all cars are gender neutral. I would never hesitate owning a car a few ignorant jerks call a chick car if I like it. I would however admit am not a big fan of this California for its looks.

The front end grill/air intake protrudes too much just like it does on a Daimler 250SP a car which has been compared to a fish mutated by radiation. Also the rear end looks big and ungainly much like on a W140 Mercedes Benz S class, that car got a rear end makeover during mid-production run.

Although a lot of people know The California as being named after a Ď60s Ferrari model most assume that those Californias were soft cars, on the contrary. The Pininfarina Cabriolets were the ones based on 250 GTE 2+2 with 240 HP engines, The Californias were built on TdF and SWB chassis and had 280-300 HP engines.
 Ferrari needs to be careful  
I'm not a big fan of revising the same model Ferrari for one reason only. Existing Ferrari California owners would probably be disappointed that there is a "better" more powerful version of their car. Their resale value has just gone down further.

I'm not sure whether this is just to extend the life of the California for say another 2-3 years until I guess a replacement model.

If I were Ferrari, I would have just gone with the optional 'Handling Speciale' option and keep everything else the same. Remember, the California is not meant to be a car you can go to the track with. It is an every day Ferrari.

If I just bought a 2011 California say, I would be a little upset.

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