2010 Ferrari California
Original MSRP: $192,000 - $192,000
MPG: 13 City / 19 Hwy
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2010 Ferrari California Review

This review was written when the 2010 Ferrari California was new.

The 2010 Ferrari California is an exotic wonder that handles just as marvelously on the track as it does on long-distance pleasure cruises. Competitors may offer more power and sportier capabilities, but few are as practical or luxurious. "The California represents a new chapter for the Italian coachbuilder in an already amazing book filled with super exotic masterpieces," writes Motor Trend. "Da Vinci would be proud."

Introduced in 1957, the Ferrari California nameplate has long served as a symbol of exclusivity and escapism. Nowhere is this more evident than in the 1986 cult-classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, in which bad-boy Ferris convinces his uptight buddy, Cameron, to steal his father's much-loved 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder for a day out on the town.

The 2010 Ferrari California, however, is significantly different from its predecessor. Automobile Magazine explains: "The California is full of firsts: it's the first-ever front-mounted V-8-engined Ferrari, it's the first use of direct injection in a Ferrari, and it's Ferrari's first dual-clutch automated manual transmission. It's also the first Ferrari built on a modular architecture, and the first built on a new production line that is downright spooky in its modernity."

Indeed, the 2010 Ferrari California is unique. It’s the only exotic sports car under $200K to feature an automatic retractable hardtop and boasts the most cargo room in its class. Compared to its rivals, the 2010 Ferrari California is not the most capable sports performer. However, it’s hard to knock a car that has a top speed of 193 mph and can blast from 0 to 62 mph in less than four seconds. Car and Driver explains, "The California is milder [than the F430], a car that's certainly capable of stimulating adrenal glands but is also sufficiently docile -- dare we say practical? -- to serve as an everyday driver."

Other Sports Cars to Consider

Car shoppers considering a 2010 Ferrari California are likely to shop it against the similarly-priced 2010 Aston Martin DB9. While the DB9 features a more powerful 470-horsepower V12 engine, potential buyers should note that it’s not as fast or quick off the line as the 2010 Ferrari California. What’s more, its cargo hold is substantially smaller and its convertible roof is a soft top rather than a hard top. Nevertheless, it’s drop-dead gorgeous and screams exclusivity -- so it’s definitely worth a look.

Details: 2010 Ferrari California

The 2010 Ferrari California carries into this model year unchanged. It features a standard automatic retractable hardtop.

  • "The...Ferrari California has been made for people who highly value the combination of driving comfort and speed. Its mission is to attract new clientele, the people who have been finding their way to Aston Martin, Bentley, Mercedes AMG or even Porsche." -- Edmunds
  • "With four seats, the Ferrari California is aimed at those who want the looks and performance of a Ferrari but don't want to stretch to one of the two V12 models - the 599 GTB and the 612 Scaglietti - which are priced at closer to $600,000." -- Drive.com
Review Last Updated: 4/30/10

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