MOVE OVER FERRARI CALIFORNIA T, THE FERRARI PORTOFINO IS HERE TO REPLACE YOU!
Ferrari has unexpectedly revealed a replacement to the California T ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show, dubbed the Ferrari Portofino.
Revealed as the Italian marque's new entry-level model, the Portofino is powered by a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8, now delivering 590 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque from 3,000 to 5,200 rpm. This allows the supercar to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in a brisk 3.5 seconds and a top speed of around 320 km/h.
The V8 utilizes new pistons and con-rods and features a redesigned intake. There is also a one-piece cast exhaust header designed to eliminate turbo lag and provide class-leading throttle response. These changes, combined with a new exhaust system and Variable Boost Management to adjust torque between gears, ensures the Portofino's engine is more powerful than the California T's while still being more fuel efficient.
Other key elements that make it better than the California T includes the implementation of Ferraris' third generation electronic rear differential as well as electric power steering.
Perhaps most significant of all, however, is the Portofino's use of a new all-aluminium chassis.The Portofino actually looks like a proper Ferrari, and the design inspiration has clearly been taken from the 812 Superfast and GTC4Lusso and makes for an altogether far prettier car with an edgy and aggressive front end. Like the California T and California before it, it also features a folding hardtop as standard.
Inside the Portofion's cabin it appears more intuitive than the California T and features the same steering wheel as the 812 Superfast and GTC4Lusso as well as the Lusso's widescreen infotainment system. Have a look at the gallery to see what the Ferrari Portofino looks like.