A healthy dose of Italian passion

This is the latest version of the California T – the entry-level Ferrari – but it is “less a facelift, more a comprehensive revamp that addresses all the failings of the old model”, says Paul Hudson in The Daily Telegraph.

Critics thought the old model a bit “soft”, but Ferrari has become adept at making its cars more driver-friendly “without sacrificing the sheer driving pleasure that is synonymous with the badge”.

So this model is “mightily fast”, says Hudson, but given that most California buyers are first-timers, the car is designed to “delight drivers of all capabilities without scaring any of them”.

It drives with a “smoothness and composure that instills great confidence” and yet gives you the sort of “instant response that you don’t usually get from a turbocharged car”. It may be less of a monster than its stablemates, but you still get “a healthy dose of Italian automotive passion”.

This is the Ferrari for you if you want to use it for the school run or to load up at Waitrose, says James Mills in The Sunday Times. It even comes withchild-friendly rear seats as standard – it’s the most practical Ferrari you can buy.

It’s also the most fuel efficient: it can achieve 27mpg if you drive it carefully. “Purists may be sniffy” about this car, but “make no mistake, this is still a Ferrari”. For a high-flying, 30-something executive with a wife and two children and a hard commute to the office, this car is “hard to beat”.

Price: £154,490
Engine: 3,855cc, twin-turbocharged V8
Power: 553bhp at 7,500rpm
Torque: 557lb ft at 4,750rpm
Top speed: 196mph
0-62mph: 3.6 seconds
Fuel economy: 26.9mpg (EU Combined)
Carbon emissions: 257g/km

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