The Ferrari Portofino

The Ferrari California has never been particularly well-liked. When it first went on sale back in 2010, it was heavier than the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano but less powerful than the F430. But as we discovered on our first drive, the California was “a sporting Gran Turismo totally fit for the purpose, a car of rare ability: a truly great Ferrari.” The updated version, the California T, was an even better car to drive. So the issue was more with people’s perception than with how it drove. In an attempt to change that, Ferrari has replaced the California with a new car—the Portofino.
The first thing you notice is that the Portofino looks much more aggressive than the California.. The Portofino’s fascia, meanwhile, looks serious and aggressive. In profile, sharp lines lead back to the Portofino’s muscular, flared rear fenders and a rear end, which prominently features twin circular taillights and a quad exhaust. Some of the styling features might be a little overly aggressive, as if Ferrari is trying too hard to sell the idea that the Portofino is a serious, real Ferrari.
Under the hood, Ferrari has updated the California T’s twin-turbo V-8 so it now makes 591 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the reduced weight of the all-new chassis, Ferrari says the Portofino will hit 62 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds and has a top speed greater than 318kmh. For a car with seating for four, that’s seriously quick. Ferrari also promises zero turbo lag and a retuned exhaust that will wail even louder under wide-open throttle.
Look for the Ferrari Portofino to make its official debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show. Pricing has not yet been announced, but expect it to start a little over $200,000 (R2.6m) like the California T

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