Ferrari Portofino Is Stiffer, Lighter, Altogether Better Than California T

Ferrari’s entry-level, eight-cylinder cabriolet may not be the most hardcore of Prancing Horses, but the arrival of the new Portofino should leave no doubt that it’s a true Ferrari.

After being released last month, Ferrari has now revealed full details of the heavily revised model upon its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. And some of the smallest details speak the loudest of its improvements.

Even with only two doors, a four-seat hardtop convertible is inherently one of the heaviest vehicles on the road, often weighing as much as some SUVs. That’s why drop-top four-seaters (or 2+2s) often stick with soft tops.

But Ferrari managed to trim an impressive 176 pounds off the Portofino’s mass compared to the previous California T, bringing curb weight down to 3,668 pounds. That’s a good 370 lbs lighter than a BMW 430i Convertible… and with twice the engine, no less.

All the while, Ferrari increased output from the award-winning 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 to 600 metric horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. With less weight to motivate, it’ll rocket to 62 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, to 124 in 10.8, and top out at over 199, taking just 111 feet to come back to a standstill from 62 (thanks to those giant carbon-ceramic brake discs).

Those figures put the Portofino, statistically speaking, out in front of Ferrari’s most notable turbo V8 supercar: the legendary F40.

Not impressed yet? The engineers in Maranelo also managed to increase the chassis’ stiffness by 35 percent, and though the more powerful engine requires more cooling, the drag coefficient actually dropped by six percent.

Yet the design – extending into a more fastback profile – looks better (to our eyes) than the California ever did. See for yourself in the expanded array of live photos from the Frankfurt Motor Show below.

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  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Better looking too!

  • TheHake

    Much better than the previous California. Will never (not even in 50 years) be as gorgeous as the 250 California.

    • exeptor

      No modern Ferrari will! Safety regulation and performance race/war will never allow it …. sadly.

      • TheHake

        True. Even if regulations allowed it. The 50’s/60’s design was the pinnacle. Not only for Ferrari.

  • Bash

    Cool.

  • gadgety

    Better looking than the previous versions, yes, great that it’s lighter, but “a good 370 lbs lighter than a BMW 430i Convertible… and with twice the engine, no less.” is a very strange comparison. The Portofino rear seat is a purse bench, basically, or perhaps a pet seat. There’s no legroom.

    • Matt

      The comparison was to highlight its power to weight ratio, not practicality.

      • gadgety

        Apples and oranges. Why not a 911 Turbo Targa, or Convertible, or an AMG SL65?

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    more good looking than cali

  • fabri99

    Looks the part. I’m not too sold on the front end, but the improvement over the California is enormous… And I like the name, too.

  • DM

    Looks better, but I still don’t get why the California got some hate. Thumbs up though!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Yeah. I feel it got whipped too much. It was pretty good looking in my opinion.

  • Six_Tymes

    Very impressive! imagine if they offered a manual as an option for this, it would sell like crazy. Although I think its going to sell like crazy as is, still, bring back the manual box, it would sell 10X.

  • UNDERSTATED AND ELEGANT.
    NOT ALL FERRARI’S NEED TO BE IN YOUR FACE AND VULGAR.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Lost weight through the ass – what it always needed.

  • Matt

    You need a lot of room to lower the roof… might give cars behind you at the lights a fright.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    It’s not ugly. It just doesn’t look like a Ferrari

  • Sjaak

    On the first Ferrari presentation photo’s it did not look bas at all, i kinda liked it. But in real life it is horrible. Or did the photographer use a wrong lense, was he drunk ?

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    from Zero to Hero!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I loved the California. But this, this is the best looking current front-engined Ferrari. No contest.

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