at Ferrari of Denver. It was red and had all the options. OMG, what a car!!! I know it's not quite as quick as my coupe, but you talk about eye catching and style... I had to wipe the drool off my chin...
Anyway, the new Ferrari F149 is basically the old Coupe/Alfa 8C, with a prancing horse on the grill. Roberto Ronchi also said in the article about the new Ferrari that Maserati will have a new coupe to compete against the new M3 V8 as well as a new sports car at the GT level... He also said Maserati will be in the 80 to 150k market so the magazine article is thinking there must be a new entry level Maserati coming out soon...
Baby Ferrari: price wise, the last I read was that it was going to be more expensive than an F430. Maybe not, but it'll still be more expensive and tangibly so than the GT or GT S (the latter by clearly not as much).
Baby Maserati: yes, this will be a EUR 80k type of car, heard about 350hp or so and, hopefully, lightweight. Don't think it'll be able to compete with the new M3 given the possible 50hp deficit but you never know what magic can come out of Modena
The big deal for me is that the California has a dual-clutch transmission, instead of the single-clutch. This will give a huge advance in day-to-day livability and also improved performance. I expect that single-clutch F1-style transmissions will wane within a few years in road cars.
A good replacement for my 05 GS!(Three years down the road)give them a couple of years to work out the 'bugs'. However, looks like I need to place an order in now!
A more compact solution than the Maserati GTS but I don't like the vertical arrangement of the twin tail pipes, something from the Lexus F series. Looks like this is the Maserati GS replacement a couple of years ago when Maserati split away from Ferrari.
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It's a tough call for me. They are both incredibly sexy but I think I would give the beauty award to the GT S. The Maserati will probably cost $50k less than the Ferrari...but the California is also claimed to get to 60mph almost a full second quicker, plus it has those wonderful carbon brakes. I don't think you can lose going with either of these great automobiles