When Ferrari introduced the California in 2008, its naturally aspirated 4.3 liter V8 was perfectly matched to the car. It made 453 horsepower and 358 lb-ft of torque. While those are not insignificant, the weight and flexibility of the hardtop convertible were limiting its appeal. It was not until the arrival of the California T that the twin-turbo V8 finally pushed the chassis to its limits.
Essentially the same engine found in the 488 GTB and Spider, engineers had to dial it back to keep the California in one piece. Everyone was quick to look at the new Portofino as a reskinned California, but Ferrari is asking the world to look closer. It has been a decade since the California chassis was finalized. And in that time, automakers have made incredible advancements in metallurgy and engineering.