2018 Ferrari Portofino Looks Sharp in Frankfurt (Photos)
t’s not often we get a new non-numerical name for a Ferrari. As far as names go, the California was one of the best (and most appropriate) in the business, but the nine-year-old hard-top convertible was beginning to show its age, despite a refresh in 2015. The Ferrari Portofino is here to pick up where the California left off, refining the entry-level Ferrari slot with a new face, engine, and name. We’ve seen this car already when it debuted earlier this month, but Frankfurt was the first time we saw the new drop-top in the flesh.
Love it or hate it, the original Ferrari California was a landmark car for Maranello. It ushered in a stunning number of brand firsts, and set a stylistic and technologic standard. Most notably, it was the first Ferrari with a V-8 in the front, as well as the first Ferrari with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, a retractable metal roof, multilink rear suspension, and direct injection. When the refreshed California T made its debut in 2014, it was the first turbocharged Ferrari since the F40, a supercar last sold in 1992.