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The Portofino is the true successor to the California in the Prancing Horse’s stable, so comparing the Ferrari Califonia T vs. Portofino is only natural. While the California T is a true classic, the Portofino introduces a number of enhancements that go beyond its powertrain: in many ways, it’s a more practical vehicle, which is all the more impressive in light of the fact that it’s faster than its predecessor.
While both supercars offer blistering performance, the Portofino sports a new electric power steering system that’s similar to the 812 Superfast’s along with a third-generation electronic differential. It also sports a refined version of the California T’s engine, a powertrain that’s earned the distinction of International Engine of the Year in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Ultimately, this refinement manifests in terms of more horsepower (591 vs. 553) and torque (560 lb-ft vs. 557 lb-ft) as well as a higher top speed (200 mph vs. 196 mph) and a slightly faster 0-60 mph time (3.5 seconds vs. 3.6 seconds)
The Portofino’s new 10.2-inch touchscreen is immediately apparent; this display is also integrated into the dash, while the California’s screen is mounted above the media controls. The Portofino also sports a redesigned multifunctional steering wheel. The Portofino also offers a 10.3-cubic-foot trunk to go with its larger rear seats, while the California T’s trunk offers 8.5 cubic feet.
Both Prancing Horses feature a retractable hardtop that can fold down and be stowed in just 14 seconds.
The Portofino weighs approximately 176 pounds less than the California T, but that’s not the only exterior styling difference between these Prancing Horses. The Portofino’s styling is generally sharper, though the California has more arched front fenders. The Portofino’s roofline is a bit longer, lending it a fastback appearance, while its taillights are farther apart than the California’s. The visual effect is that the Portofino appears broader and flatter than its predecessor.
Replacing the Ferrari California T is no small feat, but the Portofino proves itself a worthy successor. Regardless, either model will provide an incredible driving experience, whether you use it as a daily driver around Chicago or tearing up the track around St. Louis or Indianapolis. To inquire about purchasing either model, contact Continental Ferrari — we’re based in Chicagoland, but serve supercar enthusiasts throughout the country!
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