When you’ve been making sports cars for as long as Ferrari has – and it was seven decades last year – you’re bound to have become quite good at it. Maranello’s 488 GTB is outrageously ballistic and joyously exciting proof of that.
The company’s pedigree in modern drop-top grand tourers like the new Ferrari Portofino is, shall we say, somewhat less convincing. It introduced the Portofino’s predecessor, the original folding hard-top California – its answer to the Mercedes-AMG SL63 and Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet – ten years ago. But straight away it became clear that The Prancing Horse was dipping an elegant equine ankle into waters that couldn’t even be thought vaguely familiar, even with the existence of likes of the 575M Superamerica and Daytona Spyder nestled deep in its back catalogue.
The task was to reconcile opposing requirements by creating a car with the dynamism and excitement of an authentic Ferrari but also the versatility, refinement and convenience necessary of a car you’d use every day. To do it, also, in something burdened with the added mass and structural compromises of a folding tin-top convertible. Not easy. The company’s main reason for taking on the challenge, meanwhile, was that a really successful effort could probably double the breadth of the base of Ferrari’s sales volume pyramid.
But the California’s story didn’t pan out like that. Although the car was revised, lightened, tweaked and turbocharged through the course of its life, it never quite delivered success on that scale. While it’s very rare indeed for Ferrari’s V8 mid-engined cars not to hit 1000 sales in a calendar year in Europe, the California only cleared that threshold once. Time to take a fresh swing at it, then.
Ferrari Portofino - Inclusive Self Drive Features
Free UK Delivery & Collection
Free 2nd driver
Full tank of fuel
The Ferrari Portofino is delivered with full comprehensive insurance for two drivers as standard, and we can deliver / collect from any UK address. Our only prerequisite is that you are 25 years of age or over, and hold a valid driving licence.
Ferrari Portofino - Chauffeur Driven Hire
Classic Parade Chauffeur Driven Supercar Hire happily covers all of London and the UK. Every destination is reachable to hire a Ferrari Portofino. Be it you are at a wedding in central London, the outskirts of Birmingham or in Brighton, we will provide a luxurious Rolls Royce or a powerful Lamborghini.
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Love all aspects of the car from styling to engine sound and comfort. Space is excellent in the cabin ( boot tight though) & the seats are very comfortable even over long distances. Sat nav is very fiddly to use but very accurate in operation.
Never driven an electric car before, it’s a very strange sensation not hearing an engine and driving silently off. But boy does this thing go. The one he rented had ludicrous mode, which can only be described as like taking off in a Jet plane. As much as I love the internal combustion engine, I think it’s days are numbered with cars like this.
Having previously had an E90 M3 coupe, I was expecting good things from the new M4 (aka M3 coupe!). And it does not disappoint. The handling is a lot sharper, and you don’t miss the 2 cyclinders in terms of power as the new 6 pot performs very well (can’t quite say the same for the exhaust tone but if you’re down 2 cylinders, not much you can do).
Get behind the wheel of a Mercedes C63 AMG coupe and it takes only 10 minutes on the road to come to some inevitable conclusions, the first and foremost being that this car is one very special piece of machinery. As soon as you fire up the 6.3 liter V8, you are met with a sonorous and distinctly AMG crack and burble not dissimilar to something you would expect from a NASCAR racer…
The spider is a great car, we rented one in July for a long weekend – definitely recommend Classic Parade for their outstanding service.
One of the best cars driven with the most practicality for a coupe, best performance, reliability and handling that makes every drive a great experience. Drove 6hrs in an A3 and the TT RS and he latter made it feel like a pleasure!
Not the kind of car I normally rent from Classic Parade but needs must! They really do have a car for every occasion. Though I’ll take the Aston again next time guys!
Was very impressed with the Ghibli. Comfort and performance in one! Was the perfect car to have around London after flying in to Heathrow from Dubai for the weekend. Thanks again.
The wife & I loved taking this Lexus out. I used to own a supra, so this was a stop gap to quench the thirst until it arrives ! Handles beautifully, with enough power to make progression at a good pace.
We hired the Rover for a few days in July – car arrived immaculate & very impressed with it’s performance
Minimum Hire Requirements
Hirers must be aged 25 to 70 with a full English/European/International Driving Licence. Are you aged under 25? Do you have more than 9 points on your licence? Have you been banned in the last 3 years? If so, Classic Parade can refer such enquiries to our insurers and give you a prompt decision about renting from us. We simplify the car hire process, so please enquire with one of our friendly staff today.