Ferrari releases the first details and images of the California’s replacement – the Ferarri Portofino – ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Ferarri launched the California – its first front-engined V8 – in 2008. Sitting below the F430 in the model line-up, many viewed it as the “affordable” Ferrari but this moniker didn’t do it any real justice. Features such as a standard DCT gearbox a retractable hardtop and its superb ability as an everyday driver made it a little bit mainstream for many Ferrari purists and the looks weren’t to everyone’s taste, but the California was an accomplished GT car and a superb sports car all the same.
The revised California T arrived in 2014 with twin turbos, more performance, better handling and a sharper design both inside and out. Well received by the motoring press and customers alike, for some, it still didn’t quite have the same sprinkling of Ferrari magic offered by its bigger brothers. Will Ferrari be able to bring that magic to the new Portofino?
Going by the initial images released by Ferrari, if it drives anything like it looks they’ve solved that problem….
Ferrari Portofino – what we know so far
Basically, it will be quicker, sharper, more comfortable and better looking than the outgoing California T. Pricing hasn’t been released yet, but Ferrari will be pulling the covers off the car and no do doubt the pricelist at the Frankfurt Motor Show (14-24 September 2017).
Oh yes, and it comes in a new colour named after it – Rosso Portofino. In English, Portofino Red – which just happens to be the name of an old Land Rover colour…
592 BHP (600 CV) – up 40 BHP on the California T
0-60: 3.5 seconds – down by 0.1 seconds
Updated version of the Ferrari V8 Twin Turbo engine
Lighter than the California
EPS (electric power steering)
EDiff3 – introduction of Ferrari’s electronic rear differential to this model
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