Ferrari Portofino Is A 590 HP Replacement To The California T

Ferrari has unexpectedly revealed a replacement to the California T ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show, dubbed the Ferrari Portofino.

Revealed as the Italian marque’s new entry-level model, the Portofino is powered by the firm’s now-familiar 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8, now delivering 590 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque from 3,000 to 5,200 rpm. This allows the supercar to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in a brisk 3.5 seconds and a top speed of around 320 km/h.

Ferrari says the V8 now utilizes new pistons and con-rods and features a redesigned intake. Additionally, there is a one-piece cast exhaust header designed to eliminate turbo lag and provide class-leading throttle response. These changes, combined with a new exhaust system and Variable Boost Management to adjust torque between gears, ensures the Portofino’s engine is more powerful the California T’s while still being more fuel efficient.

Other key mechanical modifications over the California T include the implementation of Ferrari’s third generation electronic rear differential as well as electric power steering. Elsewhere, the magnetorheological damping system has been uprated and is now more effective than ever. Perhaps most significant of all however is the Portofino’s use of a new all-aluminum chassis.

Stylistically, it would be an understatement to say the Portofino simply looks better than the California T, it actually looks like a proper Ferrari. Design inspiration has clearly been taken from the 812 Superfast and GTC4Lusso and makes for an altogether far prettier car with an edgy and aggressive front end. Like the California T and California before it, it also features a folding hardtop as standard.

Inside, the cabin also appears more intuitive than the California T and features the same steering wheel as the 812 Superfast and GTC4Lusso as well as the Lusso’s widescreen infotainment system.

As mentioned, we’ll see more of the Portofino at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.


  • Markey


  • I’mCallingYouOut

    Looks great, maybe hoping for something more adventurous.. but we all know it’ll drive like a dream. Oh and the interior is spot on!

  • Christian

    Did you know that they made the California, because some middle eastern guys wanted a Ferrari for the wives and daughters that was easy to drive in he city….Now you know…

    • FlameWater

      This could be a complete lie and I would still believe it

    • Six Thousand Times

      It was also the first Ferrari to be fitted with Isofix child seat mounting points.

      • Christian

        Your creator should had used a condom instead!

    • Mark S

      Except that is that most Women do not or can not drive there.

      • Christian

        Well, most of them lives in London anyway. 🙂

    • CHILL,

      • Christian

        I never said that…lol…I mean nearly 600 Bhp is more enough to eat your 95 Civic with a big banger… 🙂



    gorgeus. Not a disappointment

  • europeon

    > Stylistically, it would be an understatement to say the California T simply looks better than the California T, it actually looks like a proper Ferrari.

    You guys should hire someone to do some proofreading. Really.

    • gbmike25

      yup, bugs me too! …and this one “Ferrari says the V8 now utilities new pistons” … most articles have something. Back to the subject though, I’m a Lambo guy (if only I could afford one), hate Ferrari (F1 fan as well), but….. wow, yes, this thing is gorgeous

  • europeon

    In 6-7 years time, you will post an “article” about a video demuro will make, in which he’ll be cluelessly circling a rented beat up Portofino, saying the infotainment is really out of date, pointing out those door handles really break the car, and they’re what stops it from being a true Ferrari, making it not worth the price.
    Mark my words.

  • it took me 5 minutes to realise that it was not ferrari portfolio.

  • Leconte Dave

    Already replacing the California T..

  • Dennis James

    Looks stunning for an entry-level Ferrari !

  • Eric

    Did they really have to use the name of a Lamborghini concept from 30 years ago???

    • DMJ

      It’s a name of an Italian city, it’s not Lamborghini owned!!

      • eb110americana

        I want to move to Lamborghini City, where everyone drives Lambos and you get a ticket if you drive under 85 mph on the highway!

    • Mark S

      Why not, It doesn’t fit in with Lambos naming scheme and it is a Beautiful Italian Coastal City that is the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. The name works very well.

      • exeptor

        It also sits very well with the charisma of the car.

  • VRR2536

    Probably smart to strip off the California name. Now that we have a president who is such a complete tool, who would want to buy a car with an American name. #embarassedbymypresident#

    • europeon

      Go away!

    • Six Thousand Times

      California rejects Trump.

      However, the name came about as an homage to the 1961 California Spyder. Wait until you find out Ferrari did a few cars called Superamerica.

    • Mark S

      More like liberal tools like you that are probably from California. Oh and 45 has also owned a Ferrari…. #Keep it up 45! #MAGA!

      • Six Thousand Times

        Your sarcasm game is on point.

  • Karl


  • Kaisuke971

    There is a bit too much going on for a Ferrari especially one that is more GT that sport car. The GTC4 Lusso and the 488 have a more Ferrari-esque shape and design, this and the 812 have too much angles and vents.

    It does look good, but i don’t think the design suits the California T’s replacement. The Portofino looks more like a Supra or a new Mazda RX

  • Joey

    Beautiful Ferrari, beautiful. IMHO the front-end is muchhh better than the Superfast.. really a good work.

  • Merc1

    WOW, I LOVE IT!!!


  • DMJ

    Best surprise from Ferrari since the 612 Scaglietti.

  • fgclolz

    The first Ferrari I liked in more than a decade.

    • gshemant

      Not even the 458?

      • fgclolz

        I never really cared for anything that was a mild derivative of the 360 (well, maybe the F430). Their designs just got too “busy” for my liking. Plus, I stopped caring about Ferrari when they stopped caring about the gated shifter.

  • Kash

    Looks better from the back than the Cali, but the face on this thing is worse than the Cali T.

  • MultiKdizzle

    Meh … it’s looks alright – design has never been Ferrari’s strong suit.

    • anonymous

      Should I mention Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder? 250 GTO? 275GTB/4? 512TR? 458 Speciale Aperta? 288 GTO? LaFerrari? F12 Berlinetta? If design wasn’t Ferrari’s forte, I don’t know what is

      • Ruel Lewis

        Most of those were designed by Pininfarina and not Ferrari itself.

    • Mark S

      Nor critic yours….

  • Sjaak

    little by little this Ferrari gets elegance again

  • john1168

    I love it!

  • Denzel

    I thought this was a joke rendering so I didn’t read the story till I saw it on every other site. Anyways this is stunning for a replacement. Sharp and fit with the rest of the lineup. The California T was around long. I wasn’t expecting a new model till next year or two.

  • Six Thousand Times

    A little bit busy but I agree that it’s prettier than the California.

  • JBsC6

    Wow..literally my favorite sports car

  • AnklaX

    Nothing special, but not a bad looking car.

  • Mark S

    Classically Ferrari Beautiful yet modern, probably my new favorite. And what a great town.

  • nastinupe

    First beautiful Ferrari since the F355 GTS.


  • That smile!

  • Matthew Daraei

    Perfect design!

  • SteersUright

    This is such an amazing improvement over the California in a relatively short lifespan for the car. Good on Ferrari for making this car properly beautiful now.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    not a bad looking car, but I dunno. I just looks a bit chunky and heavy. It doesn’t look sleek and agile to me. meh…

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