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      11-17-2012 01:03 PM #1
      While going for a jog this morning here in Chicagoland, right around mile 10 of my long journey I noticed a black Ferrari cruising on Lincoln Avenue. It just kept moving and I only got to see so much of it. I'm, sorry I couldn't grab my cell phone and shoot some quick pics. But to my surprise from the side and rear view I was impressed with the looks of it. I know it took me long enough but it was actually the first time I've seen a Ferrari California in the flesh. It was cruising with its top up too. Anyhow the reason I say this surprised me, is because all pics I've ever seen of it in print left me anything but excited about this machine. Perhaps I was just lucky to see it with its top up, because the rear end doesn't look as bloated aka fat when the top is up. And that bloated rear end has always been one of my biggest problems when it comes to the looks of the California.


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      11-17-2012 01:13 PM #2
      Tesla Roadster. Everytime I see one on the highway it just looks exotic, much better than the similarly proportioned Elise. The size and angle when you see it compared to all the other cars on the road just makes it look great. Then I do a search on images of the car, and I can't find one that does it justice.

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      11-17-2012 01:26 PM #3
      Audi A7 and A8.
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      11-17-2012 01:58 PM #4
      The 458 Italia (not the spyder, just the regular italia). It looks good on a monitor, I was never really that crazy about it. I honestly didn't like it at first, then it started to grow on me. Then when I was in Prague I saw one in the flesh and it was just extremely striking.

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      11-17-2012 04:28 PM #5
      I can't remember seeing a 458 Italia in the flesh yet. Although even though it's been on the roads longer, I see Gallardo's all over the place (no they're not an everyday sight but pop up more than any Lambo I can remember).

      One other car that I believe looks better in the flesh, when I first spotted it was the Audi S5.

    6. 11-17-2012 06:08 PM #6
      Bentley Turbo R. Those rims look hideous in pictures, but when seen in the wild it has great proportions. I def lust after one.

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      11-17-2012 06:59 PM #7
      Porsche Panamera, especially on some decently sized wheels.

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      11-17-2012 07:31 PM #8
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      11-17-2012 07:58 PM #9
      CLS63's.

    10. 11-17-2012 08:15 PM #10
      New BMW 3 series.
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      11-17-2012 08:57 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by IgorRGTI View Post
      Porsche Panamera, especially on some decently sized wheels.
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      11-17-2012 09:03 PM #12
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      11-17-2012 09:15 PM #13
      Mercedes SLR

      I absolutely thought the nose was too long and the body too flat from all the pics (and I LOOOOOOOVE long nose/short rear cars). One day I spent some quality time with one, and it is not an easily photographed car for sure. It's truly beautiful in person, especially the fenders & tails.

      I'll never forget those two days of basking in it's presence. Love live the almight SLR

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      11-17-2012 10:45 PM #14
      Just about everything, except the sad unfortunates that will never, ever look good. Seriously, any car in the flesh looks better than in print. You simply cannot see the volumes, the proportions and the details from a photograph or even a series. Many is the time that I have seen an image of a car and thought "Yeah, that is not so good. No sir, not good at all" only to have stumbled across it live and realized my mistake.
      At this point, I don't even pretend to judge from still images. I can't do it. Maybe somebody can, but definitely not me.
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      11-17-2012 11:16 PM #15
      The new Lexus GS.

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      11-17-2012 11:30 PM #16
      All cars look better in person than they do on a monitor. Fact.

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      11-18-2012 12:11 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Miyagi View Post
      All cars look better in person than they do on a monitor. Fact.
      Somehow even more proof you have a poor understanding of the world.

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      11-18-2012 02:15 AM #18
      Audi R8. They look pretty good in pictures, but they look amazing in the flesh.

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      11-18-2012 03:59 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by bob570 View Post
      Audi R8. They look pretty good in pictures, but they look amazing in the flesh.
      True. When you see it among other, more mundane cars, it stands out because of its lowness. And even the V8 sounds amazing.
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      11-18-2012 04:28 AM #20
      300ZX Italia Tourer edition. In print/online, the pixels and jagged edges really kill the sleek lines of the car and a positive impression of it. In the flesh, it's just the exposure to copious amounts of chemicals and exposed fiberglass that will kill you.

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      11-18-2012 04:44 AM #21
      Porsche Panamera... Hey the title is "better than in print" not "look good in person" :p

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      11-18-2012 05:07 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Fellow Gaucho View Post
      Porsche Panamera... Hey the title is "better than in print" not "look good in person" :p

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      I disagree. I hated it online, love it in person.
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      11-18-2012 05:16 AM #23




      Amazing to see in real life, and even better to drive.
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      11-18-2012 07:16 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Fellow Gaucho View Post
      Porsche Panamera... Hey the title is "better than in print" not "look good in person" :p
      I see no improvement in the Panamera's looks in person - it's just ungainly all around. My biggest gripe about the 991 is that it looks like a Panamera coupe.

      I was not a fan of the Z4 when it debuted, it wasn't until I saw them on the streets that I liked it.
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      11-18-2012 08:31 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by ToucheTurtle View Post
      New BMW 3 series.
      +1 on this. Doesn't look right in pictures. Looks great in person (I think).

    26. 11-18-2012 10:45 AM #26
      .... NO, Seriously!!!







      Seriously!

      those three come to mind lately and get a lot of flack for being hideous but in my eye, they dont look so bad in print either. The panamera impressed me when i saw my first one at a local porsche dealership. i think it was black gts with white interior. not beige but real bright ass white leather interior. the veyron... that little car has so much presence its ridiculous. its a lot smaller than one would think by just looking at the pics alone. the gtr ive never really thought to be ugly in the first place but it seems that everyone else does.

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      11-18-2012 01:31 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by aussie88 View Post




      Amazing to see in real life, and even better to drive.
      Wish I felt the same, 1st gen is so much prettier.
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      11-18-2012 04:03 PM #28
      FRS/BRZ looks cheap in pictures but cool in person.

      Being a huge McLaren fan I was disappointed of the first pictures of the MP4-12C, but then I saw one in person (and about 50 others) and I love it more everytime

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      11-18-2012 04:14 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Shmi View Post
      Audi A7 and A8.
      Winner winner.

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      11-18-2012 04:31 PM #30
      +1 on these...



    31. 11-18-2012 04:47 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by .:FrankRizzo:. View Post
      FRS/BRZ looks cheap in pictures but cool in person.

      Being a huge McLaren fan I was disappointed of the first pictures of the MP4-12C, but then I saw one in person (and about 50 others) and I love it more everytime


      I think both of these actually look good in pictures and much worse in person.


      I came in to add R8 to the list because that car looks only so-so in pictures but is drop dead gorgeous in person.

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      11-18-2012 04:53 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by x1000rpms View Post
      I think both of these actually look good in pictures and much worse in person.


      I came in to add R8 to the list because that car looks only so-so in pictures but is drop dead gorgeous in person.
      I agree about the McLaren and the R8.

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      11-18-2012 10:22 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by .:FrankRizzo:. View Post
      FRS/BRZ looks cheap in pictures but cool in person.
      Regardless of it looking cheap or not, whether I look at it on print or in the flesh I find the styling too restrained. It appears Toyota/Subaru wanted to play it safe and not take too many chances.

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      11-18-2012 11:00 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by x1000rpms View Post
      I think both of these actually look good in pictures and much worse in person.


      I came in to add R8 to the list because that car looks only so-so in pictures but is drop dead gorgeous in person.
      Agree, I saw a McLaren in person this weekend. I thought it looked kind of goofy actually.

      The 458 is a great example of a car that looks so-so in pictures, but amazing in person.
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      11-18-2012 11:07 PM #35
      Add another vote for the Panamera.
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