2018 Ferrari Portofino First Drive: Leaving California Behind

– Puglia, Italy

It might be intimidating to take the baton from the best-selling Ferrari ever, but not for the Portofino. This new car distances itself, classily but resolutely, from the California it replaces. The original California, an icon of beauty of style, was born at the end of the 1950s in Maranello and now sells at auctions for more than $20 million. The name came back about ten years ago with a new convertible, the California, that reached its final development in the T Handling Speciale. Now this gives way to the Portofino, the most powerful retractable-hardtop convertible in the world.

2018 Ferrari Portofino First Drive

How does it look?

In just 14 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is transformed from a very sporty and well-proportioned coupe into a racy and sleek cabriolet. Its body was made unmistakably fascinating by the Ferrari Design Center, thanks to the intuition and talent of designer Flavio Manzoni, and is much more refined than the California.

The full-LED horizontal L-shaped headlights now have an intake on the outside that blows air into the wheel arches, thus optimizing the aerodynamics. In the rear, the light assemblies were placed at the edges of the body, thus lightening the design of the rear, notwithstanding their sizes.

Check out what Ferrari owners themselves are saying about the Portofino at FerrariChat.com.

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