Everything we know about Ferrari’s new entry-level GT car
With the introduction of the new entry-level model called the “Portofino,” Ferrari has banished the old “California” name from its model line-up. While there was nothing wrong with the previous car’s name, “Portofino” draws closer to Ferrari’s roots, being the name a gorgeous Italian seaside village just North of Pisa. It’s no wonder the carmaker is distancing the new model from the old one either, as the Portofino boasts a whole host of improvements over the California T it replaces.
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Stylistically, the Portofino was clearly influenced by its big brother, the 812 Superfast, as both cars have similar snarling grins, but this has a folding hard-top arrangement. The L-shaped headlights appear to have been influenced by those on the 488 GTB as they share a very similar shape. Climb inside and you will notice a huge 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen as well as two back seats with 50mm more legroom than in the California. Even with the added room, Ferrari still describes the back seat as only suitable for short trips, so don’t expect limo-like accommodations back there. Driving at speed with the top down, Portofino owners should appreciate the 30% reduction in interior airflow compared to the outgoing car, thanks to a new wind deflector.