New beginner Ferrari Portofina is a serious starter

The Ferrari Portofino boasts electric power steering, which provides assistance for various driving situations and resulting in a sharper, more responsive car.
The Ferrari Portofino boasts electric power steering, which provides assistance for various driving situations and resulting in a sharper, more responsive car.PHOTO: FERRARI, LORENZO MARCINNO
The Ferrari Portofino boasts electric power steering, which provides assistance for various driving situations and resulting in a sharper, more responsive car.
The Ferrari Portofino boasts electric power steering, which provides assistance for various driving situations and resulting in a sharper, more responsive car.PHOTO: FERRARI, LORENZO MARCINNO
The Ferrari Portofino boasts electric power steering, which provides assistance for various driving situations and resulting in a sharper, more responsive car.
The Ferrari Portofino boasts electric power steering, which provides assistance for various driving situations and resulting in a sharper, more responsive car.PHOTO: FERRARI, LORENZO MARCINNO

Ferrari's Portofino is the marque's most serious new beginner model

It has been 10 years since Ferrari launched its California "entry-level" hard-top convertible.

The car started with a 460hp 4,297cc V8 engine. In 2014, the California T was launched with a 560hp 3,855cc bi-turbo V8.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2018, with the headline 'Serious starter'. Print Edition | Subscribe