The Trouble With Modern Ferraris

SOrry - but Ferraris aren't perfect. But hold your prancing horses, because I'm not criticising them in a way that will mortally offend you.

2y ago

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I'm going to receive death threats for this one: daring to insinuate that Ferraris today are anything less than perfection! Well hold your prancing horses, because I'm not going to be extending my critique to any areas that may irk the triggered.

The driving experience a Ferrari offers goes without question or doubt at its magnificence. But in order to drive a Ferrari, you need to be inside of it – and that's where you'll find yourself complaining, and above everything else, massively confused.

The first thing you'll notice as you step inside is a steering wheel that appears to have been designed by someone who sneezes switches. The engine start button, the traction control, the headlight settings, the window-washers, the damper modes, the indicators, the phone buttons, and of course, the horn are all operated from the steering wheel – which, just in case any of you need reminding, is an object that moves. It really is like playing upper-class Bop-It!

Credit: NetCarShow

Credit: NetCarShow

Once you've managed to fathom the steering wheel – a job that should take you no longer than 4 or 5 years – you'll then progress onto the infotainment system. After about 10 minutes, you'll end up going in search of a DIY store in order to purchase a hammer so you can hit it. But Ferrari being Ferrari, they foresaw this, and made the navigation system so unintelligible, that you can’t program it to find said DIY store to buy said hammer to use for said repair work.

Some Ferraris come with an interior feature that is purely for the passenger's entertainment: a speedometer and rev-counter directly ahead of them in the dash. Had I seen such an instrument when I was a child, I would’ve inevitably felt sensations I wouldn’t have understood back then. The problem is though, if you find yourself with a child in the passenger seat - your own child, hopefully - you will soon realise that kids have an annoying habit in which they look with their hands and not their eyes. And that's especially a problem in the GTC4Lusso, as the passenger display can also be used to operate the infotainment system.

Credit: NetCarShow

Credit: NetCarShow

This means that the little darling in the passenger seat will soon begin to play a game called "let's see if I can make Daddy glow red with anger as I scroll through every radio station that's currently broadcasting on planet earth". And of course, because the child has youth on their side, they will miraculously be able to operate the wretched system that you cannot!

It's at this point that you'll go looking for the illusive DIY store again, in pursuit of buying an even bigger hammer, with the same objective of fixing a problem, and venting rage.

But while these problems are important if you're lucky enough to own a Ferrari, and therefore have the opportunity to use it everyday, Ferraris are of course for driving, and the experience they deliver is one that easily purges your will to complain about any niggles. While they can drive you mad, they can also drive you to automotive heaven.

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Written by: Angelo Uccello

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Comments (10)

  • I know I'll get crucified for this but I feel that they lack the need to be on top. They build great cars but not the greatest. They build fast cars but not the fastest and so on. For me the Ferrari if the 1980-2000s now is McLaren, as much as I hate to say it l...

      2 years ago
  • This made it to Facebook Angelo

      2 years ago
  • if you need 5 years to figure out the buttons on the steering wheel, you shouldnt drive one anyway , its much easier to buy a ticket for the bus :-) and the manettino is easy..its oops, weather is sh...lets not crash it...then comes fun....more fun...and who let the dogs out mode...;-)

      2 years ago
    • Ian Wright crashed his Ferrari turning the traction control off, drifting it, and failing spectacularly. When Clarkson said to him "you see, you don't do that", he responded "yes you do, because that was the most adrenaline filled 5...

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        2 years ago
    • just had to google who Ian Wright is...:-)

        2 years ago
  • As long as you're in the mood for nitpicking, you can find flaws on anything and everything. And there's always the other side, case in point the steering wheel. As I see it, the guy who buys a Ferrari WANTS that. That clutter of a wheel makes the owner feel like a race car driver, even if he'll never do a track day or push the gas pedal all the way in. As infotainment systems go, if Ferrari's is less than user friendly that isn't their privilege. And if I ever had a Ferrari, any children allowed into it would be handcuffed and gagged.

      2 years ago
    • I agree with that first point wholeheartedly. You'd even find fault with Margot Robbie's face if you studied it closely enough. I just wanted to document the niggles that I found when I drove a Ferrari - exaggerated, for satirical purposes....

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        2 years ago
    • Top Gear car reviews are sorting of based on nitpicking, if they weren't they were probably biased in some way.

        2 years ago
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