Friday June 5, 2020

‘Entry-level’ is a relative term when it comes to Ferraris

The sublime Portofino has swiftly dispelled memories of its underwhelming predecessor, the California, writes Matt Robinson

30th June, 2019
The Ferrari Portofino: drives far better and looks nice than its predecessor, the California

Critically speaking, the 2008-launched Ferrari California was not a success. Unusual and fussy styling meant it didn’t have the effortless good looks demanded of vehicles that proudly wear the Ferrari badge, while as a driving experience it was felt to be too soft and too far removed from the Italian company’s sports-car ethos to be truly worthy of the name. Even a shift to a much more powerful 3.9-litre twin-turbo engine in 2014, heralding the...

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