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Discussion in 'California/Portofino/Roma' started by icemanbops, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. icemanbops

    icemanbops Karting

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    Hi

    Just picked her up.

    Initial impressions are its a cool car. Everything works well, Sat Nav and Audio interface is very good. Roof practical. Drive good. Sound very good.

    Overall good all rounder. Elegant but not Brutal in any way. Not the kind of car you will get out of and soy wow that was great. Maybe being unfair as normally in a 599 or in at least a 12 cylinders so comparisons are not realistic.

    Compared to my SL63, Merc sounds better, drives better and is more practical in majority of areas, looks well thats another story!!

    Will post pics as soon as I get a few mins.

    Mike
     
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  3. jeff

    jeff Formula 3

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    Congratulations. Can't wait for the pics.
     
  4. Highlow

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    Is it what you though it would be?
     
  5. Ferrarista3

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    Are you saying that the Merc sounds and drives better?!
     
  6. icemanbops

    icemanbops Karting

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    Are you saying that the Merc sounds and drives better?!

    Yes the SL63 sounds better without doubt, the V8 rumble is much more pronounced.

    Thinking about it more, the drive is exciting all the time in the SL63, the power seems to be on tap more easily. With the California you have to engage it and be in the mood to drive and be harder with it to get the excitement.

    The drive once you are in the mood is fabulous and on reflection and as I get used to it probably better, however you have to be in the mood whilst the merc in the mood or not it is always tempting you.

    Regards

    Mike
     
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  8. AlexO91

    AlexO91 F1 Rookie

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    Amazing, Congrats. Counting down the minutes to see pics can't wait.
     
  9. FandLcars

    FandLcars F1 Rookie

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    Congrats... What country? Not listed in your profile. Thanks.
     
  10. Blue4reF1

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    +1. I'm VERY anxious to see photos also... Pretty please? :)
     
  11. JLStrange

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    Is this possibly a snow job?
     
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  13. 410SA

    410SA F1 Veteran

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    I guess you haven't been around on FChat long enough to know the good guys.
     
  14. Flash G

    Flash G Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Yes, Mike "bops" is the real deal.

    Congratulations on the new California. With your comparion to the SL63 you may have confirmed about the California what many here had feared. Regardless, enjoy the new ride.
     
  15. JLStrange

    JLStrange Rookie

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    My apologies. I am new to FChat since the California was announced.
     
  16. MalibuGuy

    MalibuGuy F1 Veteran

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    Pictures please !
     
  17. AlexO91

    AlexO91 F1 Rookie

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    #14 AlexO91, Feb 1, 2009
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    For give me if this sounds alittle rude but, does that mean your on the list then?
     
  18. AlexO91

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    P.S. I forgot to say this before, so welcome back if you are infact who i think you are lol. If not then just congrats again. :)
     
  19. JLStrange

    JLStrange Rookie

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    Not yet. Mr. Market has to come home first ;-)
     
  20. Dipsomaniac

    Dipsomaniac F1 Veteran

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    Welcome back Mike and congrats on the Cali.

    I think your comments confirm what many of us have thought even without driving the Cali. Chicks will love it (my wife is still begging for one) but it lacks a certain 'something' to mix it with the likes of an SL63, or even a Vantage for that matter. Looking forward to seeing the pics (oh & whilst you're at it, did you ever post pics of your Veyron?).
     
  21. icemanbops

    icemanbops Karting

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    #18 icemanbops, Feb 2, 2009
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  22. TheMayor

    TheMayor Eight Time F1 World Champ
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    Wow that is really beautiful. I love the color combo. Any driving impressions?

    Congratulations and drive her like you mean it!
     
  23. 360Grigiotitanio

    360Grigiotitanio Formula Junior

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    Beautiful car. What color is the exterior, it is difficult to tell?
     
  24. rodsky

    rodsky Formula 3

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    Congrats! Thats actually a great color combination. I like it.
     
  25. rodsky

    rodsky Formula 3

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    No chance.
     
  26. FandLcars

    FandLcars F1 Rookie

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    Well, looks like he's driving on the right side of the pavement, so it can't be GB or Australia. Any other guesses, since that's what we're left to do? ;)
     
  27. AlexO91

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    Brilliant car, colours different too, but good different lol. I've always like the look of the california and looking at the pics Icertainly still do.
     
  28. MalibuGuy

    MalibuGuy F1 Veteran

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    Thanks for the nice pictures! Lovely color? What shade is it?

    Does the light colored dash cast reflections on the windsheild?

    Since you had more time to drive the Cali, have any of your early opinions comparing it the Merc changed? Sporty driving, handling, etc.

    I was surprised that you felt the Merc was more practical.
     

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