Wednesday, Ferrari revealed to the public the newest horse in it’s stable, the Portofino. The Portofina is a convertible grand tourer and is scheduled to replace the most affordable Ferrari on the market, the California T.
Officials behind the Prancing Horse have not revealed what the price of the Portofino will be, but the California T base is around $200,000. It is expected that the new droptop from Italy will come in at around the same price point, according to Business Insider.
Powering the new Portofino is a newer version of the same power plant in the California T and 488. A 3.9-liter, award winning, twin-turbo V8. The engine has a bunch of new improvements, including new pistons and connecting rods, and a redesigned intake to take air in better and a new exhaust to get that dirty air out, with a sweet sounding Ferraro note.
The engine management software has also been recalibrate. Owners will see better fuel economy over the California T as well as a boost to the acceleration. The car’s V8 is now producing 592 horsepower. That is 40 more than the California T. As for a transmission, the Portofino is expected to feature a twin-clutch gearbox with seven speeds. What does all this mean? According to Ferrari, the Portofino will hit 100kph (62 mph
The chassis of the new four-seater is all new and comes in more rigid and lighter than the California. Stepping in-house, the body styling was designed by Ferrari themselves. Both the California and California T were designed by famed design house, Pininfarina. And it looks like the in-house guys, along with the aerodynamic teams, have come up with a beauty. Coming in curvier than the California T, a new front-end along with air intakes, overall improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the Portofino.
Inside the cockpit of the new car, passengers and the driver will find a large, 10.2-inch infotainment display. For comfort, the climate control system has been improved for both top-down or top-up driving. The steering wheel has been redesigned, as well as the 18-way adjustable front seats. A new wind deflector cuts noise in the cabin and restricts airflow by 30 percent.
At the 2008, Ferrari debut the California at the Paris Motor Show and fans went nuts. It was the company’s answer to the long gone Mondial convertible. Six years later, the Prancing Horse introduced the California T, the second generation of the California, at the motor show in Geneva. Ferrari is planning on debuting the Portofino to the world at next months Frankfurt Motor Show.
By Cletus Dillwood
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