I'm no stranger to the car scene. But the 360 F1 is my first exotic. I have a Nova with an LS2 in it, so I'm used to having a little power under foot. I also switch frequently between a Malibu, Suburban, and late model Challenger, as well as spending time with a Z-turn mower and a Kabota tractor. For me, it's easy to go from one form of transportation to another. And, in *some* ways, that's the same in switching to the Ferrari. But there did seem to be just a bit longer learning curve... There is no more beautiful car than a Ferrari. Period. Take your pick, doesn't matter which model is your favorite, they are downright gorgeous. My 360 is twenty years old, and from a few feet away it looks factory new. Even up close it can hold its own with any late model car. I can't say that I'm surprised by the beauty, but let's just say that I'm pleasantly surprised that the car looks as good in person as the photographs I've seen. The starting procedure is already old hat, but it took me quite a few tries to get it right. Clicking the remote for an unlocked car just isn't intuitive. Once, it took me six tries to start the car. Now I get it right the first time, every time. The car *smells* exotic. The interior, that is. I don't know if every Ferrari is this way. The prior owner had the interior "conditioned" (whatever that means), and perhaps that is what I smell. But I've never been in any other car that had such a unique scent. First gear is really jerky. I can drive a true manual, so I understand what's going on with the clutch and low gear. But it's not something I had been prepared for before purchasing. Sure, it's something you can mitigate and get used to, but it's just a lot more "unrefined" in First than I expected. The car is smooth! I had expected a rough ride since it's a sports car. I don't know what others' impressions are, but I find the car quite comfortable. And although I can tell when there's a bump or hole in the road, there's nothing harsh about it. Along the same lines, I've been over several different kinds of speed bumps, and not only have I not scrubbed once, but the bumps feel no more harsh than in any other car. Being used to American muscle with lots of low-end torque, the powerband is very different, and I find that difference hard to describe. My Nova will break loose spinning if I'm not careful how I launch it, and it will lose a little traction going into second gear under full throttle. The Ferrari has wider and grippier tires than the Nova, and it has less torque - even though both cars have roughly the same peak horsepower. The Ferrari just gets up and goes. I haven't matched the Ferrari and Nova in a 0 - 60 sprint, but I suspect the Ferrari would win just because of better traction. At the same time, the Ferrari doesn't have the gut-wrenching takeoff that I expected. In another comparison with my Nova, the Ferrari is not scary fast. It's fast, and it's quick, but I never feel like I'm on the verge of losing control. The Ferrari's overall design is well matched to its power output. In contrast, under heavy throttle, my Nova is right on the edge of being frightening - there's that feeling that you're just not quite sure what it's going to do. The 360 on the other hand inspires confidence - even at 8500 RPM. There are plenty of quirks, but they're not outlandish. Yes, it's goofy to have the window controls in the center near the A/C vents, but they're not hard to reach or use. It's a little different to require the key for the trunk and fuel door to open, but again it's not a big deal. Having to switch into Neutral before going into Reverse is also a bit funky, as is the goofy reverse lever, but there's nothing hard about the sequence. Also, I've heard complaints about the clunkiness of switching back and forth between First and Reverse for certain parking maneuvers. The procedure itself is a bit clunky, but the car isn't jerky during parking. I'm not sure what my expectations were, but I do feel like I'm lowering myself into a go-kart every time I sit in it. Another surprise is the view while driving - visibility is excellent, but that long hood disappears when behind the wheel. Overall I'm pleasantly surprised at how easy the car drives. I've seen plenty of YouTube videos that say you can't daily drive a Ferrari (or other exotic). I couldn't disagree more! Yes, the fuel costs and maintenance would really rack up over time, but if you're willing to take that hit then I see no reason you couldn't drive this car anytime, anywhere. In fact, I drove the car to work one day, which is a 30-mile trip one way with a good bit of stop-and-go traffic at certain points. Not a problem. I've been out in 95-degree heat with no overheating issues and the A/C keeps me cool. I drove the car 250 miles home from the point of purchase, and most of that, unfortunately, was in the rain. No leaks. No traction issues. No problem staying in the seats two hours at a time. The only real issue is the lack of cruise control for those long stretches at steady speeds. Oh, I forgot to mention that I'm 6'4", and I have at least an inch of spare head room. The seats easily adjust to various positions, and my wife, who is 5'7" fits in the car as well - and she loves to drive it. Perhaps my biggest surprise was the RPMs this thing turns at speed. I couldn't believe it was hitting 3k at 70MPH in 6th gear. I'd never read anything that prepared me for that, and it was a worry until some people told me not to worry about it - the car was made to sing. The seller warned me to be ready for people taking photos all the time, constantly being asked questions, and generally getting a lot of attention. I haven't found that to be true. Yes, *some* people notice the car and want to engage in some way. But so far, those experiences have all been positive, and occur rarely. There was a 20-year-old kid drooling over the car the day I bought it. I took him for a ride in the mall parking lot. It made his day, and made me feel good I could spread the joy. I have no problem with that kind of attention. But the truth is that 90% of the people out there don't even give the car a second glance. There is a slight element of "never meet your hero." Though the car is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous, time has passed and it isn't all that fast compared to modern machinery. That's a slight let-down, but I'm not out racing, so performance is not a major factor. I've found it so easy to adjust to the car, and it is so easy to drive, that in a small way it's disappointing - not as much flash as I expected. But these are just minor things. I don't regret the purchase, and if it doesn't eat me up in maintenance costs, my plan is to keep the car until I'm too old to get in and out of it - I'm not the kind of person who needs - or can afford - the latest and greatest of everything. And there you have it. I had never sat in an exotic car before buying the 360 - all my impressions are from a cold turkey purchase. I'd be curious to hear if anyone else's experience differs from mine.