Ferrari first launched the California in 2008 which became the entry level Ferrari money could buy, the baby of the bunch. And for a while it was exactly that, an infant of what the brand stood for. The design wasn’t the greatest and the performance was spectacular. When it first entered the market it did so with around 450 Horsepower and 360 Pound Feet of torque, nothing other-wordly.
As the years progressed however the design evolved, the engine received turbos, and it became a formidable 2+2 GT Hard-top convertible. Now however, we’ve received a much, much more refined product from the Italian automaker… The Ferrari Portofino. And well, it’s fantastic. The Portofino carries the heritage that the California attempted to live up to with much more substance and capability. Although still the entry-level option to the prancing pony family, the Portofino enters the market with 600 Horsepower, just 60 short of the extremely capable 488 GTB.
As far as the looks are concerned, we’re in love. We personally were huge fans of the F12 Berlinetta and when Ferrari introduced the 812 Superfast which took over, we were thrilled to see more horsepower but not so excited about the aesthetic overhaul.The Portofino however looks like it borrowed everything we loved about the F12 and made it newer and sleeker. Honestly, we feel that the Portofino is a huge success. The power is appropriate, the design is phenomenal, and the heritage lives on proudly.
Photos via Ferrari S.p.A..