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Ferrari says goodbye California T, hello Portofino

August 25th, 2017


The Frankfurt International Motor Show is fast approaching, and while more than a few car makers have chosen to skip this year’s event, Ferrari has something new in store for us. It’s replacing the California T with a newer, lighter convertible—the Portofino. It’s a more aggressive look for the company’s entry-level model, and the looks have been heavily influenced by the aerodynamics department, something that’s fast becoming a Ferrari calling card.

We were pleasantly surprised by the California T when we tested one last year; the car has an undeserved reputation, probably because it’s not mid-engined or doesn’t have a massive V12 up front. It’s no out-and-out sports car, for even Ferrari describes it as a GT (grand tourer), but we imagine the Portofino is going to offer a noticeable performance bump over the outgoing car.

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Beauty, brawn, and brains? The 2016 Ferrari California T

August 6th, 2016

Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)

It was often said that when buying a Ferrari, one bought the engine and got the car for free. For most of Ferrari’s existence, those engines were screaming naturally aspirated ones. With the exceptions of the 288 GTO, F40, and a couple of models only sold in Italy (which heavily taxed cars over two liters), that was always the case. But times are changing, and most car manufacturers are finding the only way to get great hearings of horsepower while still meeting CO2 and efficiency targets is through forced induction. Welcome, then, to Ferrari’s first turbocharged car since the mighty F40: the California T.

When Ferrari first revived the California moniker in 2008, the car was met with a lukewarm reception in the press. The suspension was too ponderous. People didn’t like the seats. It was ungainly, particularly from the rear haunches back—necessary it was thought to provide space for the retractable hard top.

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