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Ferrari Photos

Ferrari — front view
Ferrari photos
For daily driving, a Ferrari sports car is a bit of a drag. The California — a GT, which is to say, a long-distance touring car — is calibrated to a much more humane and realistic standard.
The base price of the 2009 Ferrari California is $197,350. The version I tested was about $210,000.

Ferrari — rear view

Ferrari — interior

Ferrari — navigation screen

Ferrari — wheel

Ferrari — badge
Ferrari photos
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BMW 135I (BMW)

BMW 135I (BMW)
The folks at Motor Trend say, “This pint-size 1 Series, which shares much of its platform and chassis components with its 3 Series brother — as in its bigger, heavier brother — is deceptively hefty. BMWs are known as great driving cars with excellent chassis clarity, but at the racetrack the 135i displayed massive understeer.”
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Nissan NISMO 370Z (Nissan)

Nissan NISMO 370Z (Nissan)
Motor Trend testers say, “Perhaps this package was optimized for drifting? It had an unusual tendency to get loose. The tail would come out during the entry phase of the corner; as I was turning, I could feel the tail starting to move, and then it just stopped and that’s as far it went.”

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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (GM)

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (GM)
Motor Trend says, “Quickest? Most powerful? Most awe-inspiring? Yes, yes, and yes. Most difficult to drive at the limit? That too.”

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Chevrolet Camaro SS (GM)

Chevrolet Camaro SS (GM)
Motor Trend says, “We were expecting more from the Bow-Tie bunch’s all-new hot rod, what with it dismissing the Ford Mustang GT and the Dodge Challenger R/T in a June comparison. Alas, in this obnoxiously competitive field, the rear-drive, 426-horsepower Camaro SS could muster only…last place.”
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Mazda MX-5 Miata (Mazda)

Mazda MX-5 Miata (Mazda)
Motor Trend says, “The Miata, really in a league of its own in this contest, was rated more so in light of other roadsters (think Solstice, S2000) as opposed to, say, the ZR1.”

Mazda MX-5 Miata (Mazda)
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Audi R8 (AUDI)

2009 Audi R8 (AUDI)
Motor Trend says, “Therein lies the beauty of the R8: It’s exotic yet uncomplicated, high-tech but low maintenance, a dream car that can double as a daily driver, a boulevard cruiser that can switch to a track ace.”

2009 Audi R8 (AUDI)
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