Why Ferraris Are Getting Ugly

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2008 8:02 PM CST
"The new Ferrari California is magnificent," writes Gavin Green, but while Ferraris' "capability has blossomed, the beauty has been besmirched."   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – The latest Ferraris burn up roads and handle like dreams, but their looks are fading, Gavin Green writes in Car Magazine. The California "has a fat arse," the 612 is "ill-proportioned," and the Enzo "is more bug than bird," grieves Green—who expressed his woes over dinner with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, "a man who oozes style."

Di Montezemolo said the changes were forced by aerodynamics, because Ferraris need to hug roads at 180 mph. Green gets it: "That’s why the Enzo is all wedge and scoops and slats and chunky lines." But he still regrets that the cars are "designed by scientists not artists, styled in the wind tunnel not in the studio," and longs for older models that "were both great racers and great beauties."