You’ve just parked up in a brand new Ferrari and aren’t even smiling. What’s wrong with you?

I know, and I’m sorry. Please don’t think I’m a spoilt brat or anything but the reason why I look like this is because well, I have just handed the second-generation Audi R8 back and that thing was an absolute blast to drive. It’s as fast as a Huracan you know? So, having swapped the driver’s seat of the German supercar for the driver’s seat of the Italian grand tourer, it feels like a massive come down. Am I making any sense at all?

No.

Good, I’ll continue then. You see, the R8 is like a ferocious beast of a machine that is trying to get away from you and always straining at the leash so to speak. It has so much darn power from that naturally aspirated V10 and it sounds incredible. And then I got behind the wheel of this GT. And it’s turbocharged and feel like it has a bit of lag. And it isn’t as exciting to drive.

But, look at it…

Yep, it looks great. And that’s with the top up! Take it down (it only seemed to work when the car was stationary; I tried working it when I was doing 30kph but it wouldn’t let me and slowed right down to 5kph and it still wouldn’t let me…) and it looks delicious. I want to eat it…

Steady on…

It looks like a great big lollipop. This is a tasty treat and I wasn’t the only one to think so. GT’s are for cruising and so I did just that. I went to JBR and the amount of looks the car got was not funny. Everyone stopped to stare and you can’t blame them; the California has a beautiful body, curvy in all the right places, and an aggressive front and rear end. Then there’s the luxurious cabin which offers loads of room for the driver and his passenger. I don’t know anyone small enough to fit in the back, but it has two tiny seats – perhaps you can store an apple there for when you take the car out for picnics…

Not practical then, but what about the V8…

It’s really good and if I had jumped into the Fezza after driving say a Camry, then I’d be singing its praises. Don’t get me wrong; it isn’t a bad motor at all. On the contrary, it is very powerful offering 552bhp. That’s loads. And it has 755Nm of torque. The trouble is, it just didn’t feel like it is making either of those figures or perhaps that is because it is so much more refined to drive than say the 488 GTB. But it does 0-100kph in just 3.6 seconds and it has a top speed of 316kph. It’s got a lot of fire in its belly.

And how does it handle?

Really well and it offers a more sporty driving experience thanks to the Handling Speciale package which packs new damper settings and stiffer springs. But, why would anyone want their cruiser to ride harder? That defies the point of it. But, at least in Comfort mode, it floats along quietly. Sport mode is more fun though. Overall, I like what they’ve done to it. It isn’t a softy anymore and now justifies the Prancing Horse logo.