California T matures into athletic adult
Ferrari has regenerated the California T into something far more sporty in the form of the Portofino
Less brash than its stablemates, the Portofino is still mighty fast. As a Ferrari and a daily driver it’s more authentic than the California T, but that won’t automatically make it the best place to park a few million. For some, it will tug at the heartstrings and have the day-to-day versatility to keep them there. For others, it will tug at the heartstrings, but not hard enough to overlook other high-performance cars that do the daily driving better. The California T’s daily-driver goals of comfort, flexibility and accessibility meant it wasn’t ever going to be seen by the tifosi as a proper Ferrari. Somewhere between these two extreme views is the path the new Portofino has to find when it arrives in SA in the last quarter of 2018. It starts well, even before you open a door, with new folding-roof technologies allowing it to host a far more sports car shape than the three-box California. Its proportions are more balanced, its boot height lower and the rear roof angle shallower and...