Ferrari Portofino is, in Ferrari terms, an "entry-level" droptop

by Leslie Wood August 24, 2017, 2:21
Ferrari Portofino is, in Ferrari terms, an

Under the bonnet sits the same 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 engine found in its predecessor, though Ferrari has tweaked it with new components and recalibration of the engine management software.

The Ferrari Portofino will debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, at which point additional information should become available.

The benchmark 0-62mph sprint will take 3.5 seconds, Ferrari says, but further details are scant beyond what we can see in the pictures. And though Portofino replaces California T as Ferrari's newest entry-level model, many vehicle experts and enthusiasts believe it won't come cheap.

Also new in the Ferrari Portofino is Ferrari's third generation electronic rear differential (E-Diff3), which is integrated with F1-Trac, Ferrari's traction control system, and a new electrically assisted power steering. The Portofino also has dual-coil suspension with magnetorheological damping to improve both responsiveness and ride comfort. Ferrari first fixed that by adding a pair of turbochargers to its V8, creating the much-improved California T. The acme of Italian riviera cool, home to the Hotel Splendido, the road into this formerly sleepy fishing village narrows perilously the closer into port you get, but this is still exactly the sort of place you'd dream of rocking up in a Ferrari convertible.

The California T successor gets an all-new chassis, that's lighter with better torsional rigidity. Like a lot of high-end performance cars the Portofino has vents between the front bumper and front wheel arches, which are created to cut drag and improve air flow.

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This boost in performance enables the Portofino to complete the benchmark dash from 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds, before hitting a top speed in excess of 199mph.

The Portofino coincides with Ferrari's 70th-anniversary year.

The Portofino features a 10.2-inch touchscreen, a new air-conditioning system and a new steering wheel. A new design for the front seatbacks allows more legroom for occupants in those small backseats.

A redesigned wind deflector used by the Portofino is also claimed to reduce air buffeting within the cabin by up to 30 per cent when the roof is lowered compared to the California T. The folding hardtop can be lowered while on the move, although Ferrari is yet to confirm at up to what speed.

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