Well said...those that can't justify or dismiss those that can.It seems to me that Ferrari sells a lifestyle (or at least the impression of one), not a car.
It's like an expensive watch.
A $35 Timex will tell time just as well as one costing 200x as much, can be purchased at any Wal-Mart, and maintenance consists of taking it into the shower with you once in a while, and replacing a battery or strap every few years. You aren't afraid to do work on the car or in the garden with it on. But it will never impress anyone who sees it on your arm. Typically, only others with expensive watches, or those who aspire to own them, will notice or care. But it makes the wearer feel special.
A Honda Civic will get you from A to B just as well as an exotic does (usually more practically and definitely more comfortably), gets to the speed limit in not much more time (considering traffic and as a percentage of the length of your journey), costs next to nothing to own an maintain, and will even start after 2 weeks of not being plugged in and carefully stored. It isn't likely to leave you stranded, or require an equity loan to do some unexpected repair. Once the factory warranty is up, most Civic owners are not going to drop everything to seek extended coverage. The Honda may even have better fit and finish. But it's an appliance and is neither going to stand out on the street, nor will it give the owner chills when he picks up the key (unless it's their first car) the way that a Ferrari will. All the exhaust mods in the world won't raise the hairs on the back of your neck, and you won't do a double-take when you notice the "H" badge on the nose. Your friends will not be jealous, and you'll probably be restricted to visitor parking (or worse yet, the Ricer lot) at a cars and coffee. Driving a car with a prancing horse on the hood just makes you feel special. Maybe you've made it, achieved your goal. Or it is an extension of your race car fantasy. It's the heritage, the racing pedigree, and the legend every bit as much as the aluminum and leather under you.
Like your favourite vocalist, who could sing the phone book and you'd buy the album. It doesn't matter so much what car that logo is on, but rather that the logo is there.
It's an experience. A lifestyle. Not a car, per se. That's why they are so protective of the brand (despite its foibles over the years).
Unfortunately, it can also make the company lazy and arrogant sometimes. Most of the time, from what I hear, actually. But that seems to be just another part of the experience. A hazing ritual, perhaps. Welcome to the club. You've made it!
Recently sold a 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S and a 2017 Audi R8 RWS (V10, rear drive) and downsized, if you will. My toy at the moment is a 2015 Alfa 4C LE. Before purchasing the Alfa, I did the “what is the most car I can buy under $100k“ search. I even went back to cars that I loved a few decades ago, more for nostalgia (E46 BMW M3, Honda S2000, and so forth). In the end, the best car for all around enjoyment was the 718 Porsche Cayman S/GTS, but for $65k used or $90k new for the options I’d want — not a bad buy, just not special. Not exotic. It lacked the feeling of being “moved” while driving it; not a special event to drive. For a toy/extra car, I wanted something with a bit more “slap me across the face” experience. Ya know?Ferrari or 4C ?
Have never driven a Ferrari, but I wonder, do I really need a $200,000 car to satisfy my automotive desires? I think not ! Most important, are they really any more fun than a 4C ? I would like to hear from those that have experienced both .
the value is in the BRAND, and after a few more kicks at the internal combustion engine, electrification will take a huge chunk of their advantage. Hence, the models and the volume at their intended targets.
Of course, at some point we'll all be fighting over the last few gallons of gas to run them!great observation. I think many marques are struggling to define how to differentiate in the age of electrons. cheap, high powered batteries will give every manufacturer access to high HP cars, and they'll all sound the same.
which is why i'm hoarding favorite examples of the rich diversity and brand-specific identities of modern ICE cars: air- and water-cooled Porsche flat 6s, small displacement Ferrari NA V8, and the high-boost turbo I4 of the 4C. Some day hope to acquire a Ferrari V12!
true, but I have two responses, in order of prefrence:Of course, at some point we'll all be fighting over the last few gallons of gas to run them!
4C takes it (at least i those 2 specific pictures). 4C Spider vs 246 GTS is a closer call.I know that the 4C is a reinterpretation of the Tipo 33 Stradale.
But I've already noticed that the 4C would also pass as a reinterpretation of the Ferrari 246 Dino.
At least I think that the side view of the two beautiful cars has something in common ...
But I feel like 4Canada. The longer I own the car, the more I love that it's not a Ferrari! It's an Alfa Romeo.
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I also believe the 4C Spider is a modern reinterpretation of the Dino 246 GTS. For all those interested in this topic, see a previous thread that touches on this subject entitled given-the-same-price-tag-would-you-buy-a-coupe-or-a-spider-and-why