Is The California T A True Ferrari?

Ever since it was launched in 2008, the Ferrari California has faced some stiff criticism, with some even going as far as saying that it’s not a ‘real’ Ferrari.

However, the Italian brand’s most affordable product went through a makeover some 3 years ago, during which it received a few important visual and technical upgrades, a new engine, and the ‘T’ added to its name, but were these enough to make it lose its stigma with critics?

Well, Doug DeMuro believes the answer is ‘yes’, and to prove his point, he set out to review a Ferrari California T, provided by one of his viewers.

Almost immediately after setting foot inside, he noticed the sharp steering, the sheer power of the V8 and smooth transmission, which, combined with its eye-catching design, new technologies, and a well-built interior, make it worthy of the Ferrari badge.

DeMuro actually went beyond that and called the Ferrari California T better than a Porsche 911. See what he had to say in the video that follows.


  • 12333444333

    Watched the Metcalfe review so why would I waste my time with this one?

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      you would not.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    Those rims are ugly as fuck. I would put them on a Kia, much less a Ferrari

  • alecs

    Its a Dino…Fiat Dino…

  • Elmediterraneo

    It’s a Maserati rebadged in the last minute as a Ferrari by the Fiat group to make more money.
    I’ve always think the FF/GTC4Lusso is a 5 meter hatchback with little trunk and back seats despite his length and a weird fake-4WD system which works like this until the 4th gear only. Competitors like the Bentley Continental are more practical and comfortable with real 4WD systems.
    Current TRUE Ferrari are the 488 and the 812 period !
    I hope their next 4 seater will be more spacious and as beautiful as 456.

  • Yawn

    This bloke is atrocious. It’s like he only discovered cars a year ago after being in a coma his entire life.

  • MG force.

    Keep giving space to this crazy idiot of Demuro because ?? !!

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Is The California T A True Ferrari?

    NO…but it doesn’t matter because most Ferrari owners aren’t good Ferrari drivers anyways. So the game is even.

  • europeon

    Stop making this idiot relevant.

  • Michelin

    Car makers are extending their catalogs to reach news customers. Cayenne is a true Porsche with a lot of VAG parts ? Bantayga is a true Bentley ? Urns will be a true Lamborghini ?
    I think California is a baby Ferrari for new “ferraristi”.
    You still can buy the 488 or LA Ferrari if you need more (and if you have money enought). Otherwise there are lots of Kia, Hunday, chevrolet, buic, toyota and other washmashines.

  • SteersUright

    Sorry, its ugly. Is ugly and the sound is guttural, not at all a high pitch scream associated with a Ferrari engine. Also, its ugly. There are so many better ways to spend this kind of money.

  • Cobrajet

    If a Ferrari that’s front engined with V12 is considered a real Ferrari, and
    If a Ferrari that’s mid-engined with V8 is also considered a real Ferrari, then
    Why one that’s both front engined and V8 can’t be a true Ferrari too.

    • SteersUright

      Because Doug DeMuro is no authority on cars, especially if he thinks a California is a more precise driver’s car than a 911. Because its ugly as all hell, just like the old Mundial, also a non-Ferrari due to its hideousness. Then again, I dont think Enzo would’ve loved half of the commuter Ferrari lineup today which are bloated, look more Korean than Italian, and no longer win races.

      • Cobrajet

        What’s so hideous about it? it still looks like a Ferrari. The problem I have with the California though, is that it’s sort of chick’s car to me. I think people hate it because it’s an “entry-level” model (that’s newly added too, the others have history) and no one wants to spend so much money only just to get the cheapest of the brand, if for the same or lower price you can get a top of the-line Porsche or AMG-Mercedes instead.

        • SteersUright

          Its hideous because it vastly ugly. Because its terrible looking. Because its unattractive to my eyeballs.
          In detail, its slab sided with a roofline and window-line that seem out of sync in how they taper toward the rear, which is also out of proportion and too chunky for a Ferrari. The wheels are tacky. The taillights look slapped on like an afterthought and lost in that huge rear. The front overhang is too big which makes any sports car look out of proportion and “dumb” rather than neat, tidy and sharp looking. The entire design seems heavy handed and utterly compromised. Why wouldnt anyone buy a far more beautiful AMG GT for far less?

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