The All New Ferrari Portofino Is Here!
The Ferrari Portofino has been announced as replacement for the entry-level California T.
The Portofino gets a restyled exterior, loosely borrowed from the 812 Superfast. The front fascia looks a little animated but the sharp lines along the sides and the rear give an imposing stance to the grand tourer. Inside, the cabin gains a new layout, updated steering wheel design and a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system. There is also a new wind deflector, which reduces the cabin noise by 30 percent.
On the mechanical side, the Portofino is underpinned by a new, lighter chassis and a modified version of the California's 3.9-liter V8 twin-turbocharged engine. The unit, belonging to Ferrari's F154 engine family, develops 600 horsepower and helps the Portofino go from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. By comparison, the California T generates 560 horsepower, which in turn, allows it to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. There is also a tweaked suspension mechanism, electronic power steering and the third generation of Ferrari's electronic rear-differential.
The Portofino's price will be announced at its public debut at the IAA Frankfurt Auto Show later this month. We don’t expect a significant increment over the California T’s retail price, which starts at $205,000 in the United States and at £150,000 in the UK.
Despite its stellar handling, the California T has been frequently called out as not being a “real Ferrari”. This is largely because of its subdued styling and the controversial association with Maserati (apparently the California T was meant to be a Maserati but owing to the high development costs, Fiat decided to market it as a Ferrari).
Needless to say, the Portofino brings the much-needed update to Ferrari's range. It is lighter, quicker and more stylish than the California T, while the rather intriguing “Portofino” name, referring to one of the most picturesque villages in Italy, also plays its bit in enhancing the emotional appeal.
Check out the video below for a closer look at the new Ferrari Portofino amongst other cars at the Frankfurt Motorshow 2017