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Updated: 21:31, 3 October 2009 var twitterVia = 'MailOnline'; DM.later('bundle', function(){ DM.has('shareLinkTop', 'shareLinks', { 'id': '1217107', 'title': 'JAMES MARTIN: Why the Ferrari California is one for my baby', 'url': 'http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1217107/JAMES-MARTIN-Why-Ferrari-California-baby.html', 'eTwitterStatus': ' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1217107/JAMES-MARTIN-Why-Ferrari-California-baby.html via @' + twitterVia, 'articleChannelFollowButton': 'MailOnline', 'isChannel': false, 'headline': 'JAMES MARTIN: Why the Ferrari California is one for my baby', 'emailShareStyle': 'email_share_article-top', 'placement': 'top', 'anchor': 'tl'}); }); 1 View comments DM.later('bundle', function(){ DMS.Article.init('top'); }); 1View commentsWhat were you doing this time three years ago? I can't recall what I was up to three weeks ago, let alone three years - but I've just been given a timely reminder by a Ferrari dealership in the New Forest, who called to tell me that the new California on which I placed a deposit in autumn 2006 will soon be ready for delivery. If you went to buy a new Fiesta and they made you wait three years, you'd be pretty hacked off - but for Ferrari it's clever marketing. You see, the boys in Maranello value exclusivity over popularity: Enzo Ferrari famously said there should always be one fewer of each model than the market demands. With 460 horsepower and a tornado of torque (three-quarters of it available at just 2,250rpm), the Ferrari California's race towards its 192mph top speed is hugely urgent but feels far less aggressive than I was expectingBy making you wait so long they ensure that by the time you get your new car there's a newer Ferrari people are clamouring for, thus keeping the buzz alive. Back when I ordered one of these, the 599 was only just starting to hit the streets and this was a concept car referred to as the 'new Dino'. Now it's finally here the big buzz is about the 458 Italia, unveiled at last month's Frankfurt Motor Show. See how it works? In the past, buying a Ferrari fresh off the factory floor has been a mixed pleasure for me; I've had better luck going second-hand. My first was a new 360 about ten years ago, a fine car until the left bank of the engine committed seppuku halfway up the M3. Ferrari repaired it but life in the old girl was never the same - and I had a big tax bill pending, so she had to go. Next was a used 355 (predecessor to the 360), also bought in the New Forest and one of the best cars I've ever owned. It wasn't quick by today's standards - a modern Vauxhall Astra could probably blow it away - but it worked all the time, wasn't expensive to run and was great fun to drive. I sold it after three years for the same amount I'd paid. Not bad, I thought. Cosmo baby seat designed by Ferrari with Sabelt harnessesThe new 599 I tested for Live last year was truly amazing - I drove it from Italy to Provence - but I'd never buy one. It's a V12, you see, and the big V12 Ferraris drop like a stone in value, as a quick flip through Auto Trader will show you. The 550 from the late Nineties now goes for about £25,000 and you can find an equally old 456 for £17,000. The reason? Servicing V12 Ferraris is shockingly expensive - you never actually own one, just keep it alive for the next skint owner, as a mate of mine will soon find out. He's just picked up a nearly-new 599 for a 'bargain' 50 grand less than the sticker price. Going down... Luckily, none of that applies to this new California, which has a V8 engine - a lovely 4.3-litre aluminium unit. It's the first V8 to be mid-front-mounted in a Ferrari road car. I didn't know any of that when I put my five grand down to be put at the top of the waiting list but, 1,027 days later, here it is in my driveway (not the actual one I ordered but the press test car). Main dials are easy to read and paddle gearshifts works quickly and smoothlyFirst impressions? The side view, with its slippery lines and high rear end, reminds me of the 599 - but the 'smiling' mouth at the front makes it more Maserati, to my mind. Or maybe I mean more Fifties? It was inspired by the classic California 250 GT Spyder, after all. At £140,000 it's not cheap, and the options on mine nudge it closer to £155,000. You definitely must have the Magneride dual-mode suspension, which uses a special magnetic fluid instead of oil in the dampers. This changes from runny to sticky when a charge is applied, allowing the ride-quality to be computer controlled, millisecond-by millisecond. It really feels different; more comfortable than the normal Ferrari ride. Even with the roof folded, the boot holds a decent amount of luggageWith 460 horsepower and a tornado of torque (three-quarters of it available at just 2,250rpm), the car's race towards its 192mph top speed is hugely urgent but feels far less aggressive than I was expecting. There's also clearer visibility and a better driving position than in most Ferraris, adding to the feeling of command rather than battle. I love the digital rev-counter borrowed from the Enzo, and the seven-speed paddle gearshift, which is now down to, in effect, zero seconds delay. It's the best paddle change I've ever tried, on any car. Whizzing round twisting Hampshire lanes was brilliant fun - the F1-Trac traction control system gives optimum grip coming out of corners. Ferrari claims it's 20 per cent better at it than other similar systems (I'd like to say I could tell but I'm not that good). The California is fine in town, too. Its back seats provide enough room for two big suitcases and fold down so you can load skis through into the boot. Unless you have the roof down, it's got the same boot space as a Golf. For three days I drove it everywhere. As I handed it back, I found myself wondering what might be missing. Every element of this car is better than Ferrari have come up with before, except one: the adrenaline charge. Whereas Porsches wrap you in cotton wool, Ferraris usually set your pants on fire - and I was left with my boxers only singed. I love it, don't get me wrong - and as it's a V8 I could own one without waking each morning knowing it's losing me £150 an hour - but with the 458 just out, it's no longer the newest, coolest Ferrari on the block. Should I sell my place at the top of the queue and stake a claim on a 458 instead? That's the thing with Ferraris. When you love something this much, it's actually fun to spend your whole life waiting. Distinctive high line of rear bodywork £140,285, ferrari.com Engine 4.3-litre direct-injection V8 Max power 460hp at 7,750rpm Max torque 358 lb ft at 5,000rpm Top speed 192mph Fuel consumption 21.5mpg CO2 emissions 305.6g/km Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch semi-auto Standard features 19in forged alloy wheels, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, F1-Trac stability/traction control system, tyre pressure and temperature monitoring, retractable hardtop, ejectable roll bar, 6.5in touchscreen HD sat-nav with voice activation Options 20in wheels, manual six-speed gearbox, adaptive lighting, carbon-fibre dash, steering wheel and door panels, cruise control, run-flat tyres, iPod hook-up, Magneride dual-mode suspension, parking sensors, electrical seats with heating and memory, Cosmo Ferrari baby seat Early next year you'll be able to buy a Ford Focus that emits less than 99g of CO2 per kilometre - the legal target for Excise Duty exemption. When the next-generation Focus ECOnetic five-door goes on sale it will be the first to have new Smart Regenerative Recharging, Ford Eco Mode software and low-tension drive-belts, allowing the 1.6-litre engine to burn less diesel. A new version of Griffin's iTrip is controlled by an app you download to your iPhone. Switch on the iPhone app and you get a tuning display and smartscan button. Tune in and stored tunes play through the car's FM radio, complete with track names if it's RDS-compatible. £40, apple.com The most powerful and fastest-accelerating VW Golf ever arrives in December, when the 270hp 155mph Golf R replaces the R32. The 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine is 35kg lighter and 20bhp stronger than the outgoing model's 3.2-litre V6 yet is also more efficient.  By Simon Lewis Share what you think The comments below have been moderated in advance. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. 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