In the stable of classic Ferrari cars both past and present, the California occupies a unique position. With its low-slung stance, wide body and voluptuous sheet metal, the 2012 California is easily identifiable as a Ferrari. Purists, however, may argue it is not one of the more classic designs, with too much flourish in the side sculpting, a big rear end and a grille and headlamp treatment that looks more Maserati than Ferrari. On the flip side, the California's retractable hardtop, a first for Ferrari, is a plus. The California further breaks with Ferrari tradition by replacing the traditional 12-cylinder engine with a smaller and lighter V8 engine, a move that helps reduce cost and counteracts the weight added by the retractable hardtop.