It’s not typically we get a brand new non-numerical identify for a Ferrari. So far as names go, the California was among the best (and most acceptable) within the enterprise, however the nine-year-old hard-top convertible was starting to point out its age, regardless of a refresh in 2015. The Ferrari Portofino is right here to choose up the place the California left off, refining the entry-level Ferrari slot with a brand new face, engine, and identify. We’ve seen this automotive already when it debuted earlier this month, however Frankfurt was the primary time we noticed the brand new drop-top within the flesh.
Find it irresistible or hate it, the unique Ferrari California was a landmark automotive for Maranello. It ushered in a shocking variety of model firsts, and set a stylistic and technologic commonplace. Most notably, it was the primary Ferrari with a V-Eight within the entrance, in addition to the primary Ferrari with a dual-clutch computerized transmission, a retractable steel roof, multilink rear suspension, and direct injection. When the refreshed California T made its debut in 2014, it was the primary turbocharged Ferrari because the F40, a supercar final offered in 1992.
The Portofino isn’t practically as revolutionary because the California, nevertheless it’s desperately fairly, one thing that couldn’t be stated about its predecessor. It’s visually comparable, however is tighter, lithe, and sports activities a gloriously lowered rear rump when in comparison with the big-butt California. The Portofino’s received fairly the good-looking profile, particularly within the entrance, the place it pulls design affect from the present 812 Superfast, aping the larger V-12 automotive’s entrance fascia and facet cuts.
Energy nonetheless comes from a three.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-Eight, however output is now as much as 591 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque, a 38-hp and four lb-ft enchancment. Energy is shipped to the rear wheels although a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission hooked as much as Ferrari’s third-gen E-Diff, a setup that returns much-improved efficiency.
Due to a 162-pound deficit over the older automotive and a refined, extra highly effective drivetrain, the Portofino rips from Zero-60 mph in simply three.5 seconds, and onto a prime pace of “over 199 mph.” It’s not as quick because the mid-engine 488 GTS, however nonetheless speedy sufficient to destroy your $300 haircut.
It’s an entry-level Ferrari, however that doesn’t imply it shares market house with the brand new Honda Civic. Costs start at round $211,000, and solely climb stratospherically from there. Search for landfall within the U.S. round subsequent summer time.