Ferrari has revealed its new entry-level model that will substitute the California T, called the Portofino. The convertible, with a folding hard top, is powered by the award-winning 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 that was also present in the California T, though it will produce 600-bhp and 760-Nm of torque in the Portofino, an rise of 40hp. Ferrari claims a 0-100kph sprint time in just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of over 320 kph. The Portofino is named after a small Italian fishing village, and is built on an all-new chassis that is significantly lighter than the California T, but with greater torsional rigidity due to new production techniques. However, Ferrari has not specified how much lighter the Portofino is than the California T.
The convertible is Ferrari’s first GT car to come with an electric power steering – something the marque claims has enabled it to reduce the steering ratio rate by 7 percent without hindering stability. It will also feature Ferrari’s E-Diff 3 electronic rear differential and dual-coil suspension with magneto rheological damping to improve both responsiveness and road comfort. The face of the Portofino looks sharp and aggressive, with a large front radiator grille, 488 GTB-like headlamps and large air intakes on the outside edges of the headlights that vent into the front wheel arch. The car’ cabin features a revised infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen. A redesigned wind deflector reduces air flow inside the cabin by 30 percent with the roof lowered.