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  • [NEWS] Bye California; Hello Ferrari Portofino



    YES! FINALLY! A good looking modern convertible GT Ferrari is upon us. As you know, the California has never been praised for it's looks. It's not particularly ugly, it's just that it doesn't look like a Ferrari should; it isn't beautiful, handsome, nor is it striking. It's just a car. The original California also has fake stacked exhausts. Ew. Sure the California T looks sort of better, but still, ew.

    If you agree with is, then good news; the California T is going away and here comes their new Ferrari Portofino.



    First impression? Well, as with most modern Ferraris, it isn't beautiful either, but it is striking to look at, and we're definitely liking this one better than the California T. It was also quite a surprise since we didn't hear any rumours about this new car and Ferrari just sort of dropped the bomb on us, a very good-looking bomb indeed.



    Speaking of bombs, the performance figures are quite bombastic; it's still packing the same 3.9L twin-turbocharged V8 from the California T, but now it's packing 590 horsepower, 40hp more than the California T, and 30hp more than the McLaren 570S supercar.



    The Portofino gets you from 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of "over 199mph" as Ferrari puts it, so it should get you from one Italian village to the next pretty quickly. The Portofino also has Ferrari's E-Diff 3 electronic differential control which means it should handle just fine, it also has a stiffer chassis which is a good thing if you're like us, but bad news should you have a bad back.



    That's all we know for now and so far so good, but Ferrari announced that this will be their first car to make the switch from a hydraulic steering wheel to an electro-mechanical setup. In plain English, it's not quite as good in terms of driver involvement. But hey, this is Ferrari, we're pretty sure they can make it work.



    The car will be making it's reveal next month a the Frankfurt Autoshow, and we've have to wait until then for more on this car, but for now, lets take it all in and appreciate the fact that this California replacement is looking good.