Published: Thu, August 24, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Ferrari Portofino says goodbye to the California T

Ferrari Portofino says goodbye to the California T

With a base price of just over $200,000, it's the brand's entry-level model.

Underneath the hood, the California T's twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 jumps from 560 hp 600 hp, while the 560 lb-ft peak torque arrives between 3,000 and 5,250 rpm. The power rise is a stated 40cv and torque is now 760Nm.

So what's changed? The chassis for a start, described by Ferrari as offering a "significant weight saving" over the Cali, with an increase in torsional rigidity too. Ferrari also confirms the Portofino runs a third generation version of its electronic differential, the E-Diff 3 as it is known.

When it comes to performance, the Portofino, which actually weighs less than its predecessor, will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 198 miles per hour.

The Portofino, named after an Italian village, is based on an all-new chasiss that's claimed to make it much lighter than the California T. It also comes with electronic power steering - a system first used on the hardcore 812 Superfast model - that is created to make the vehicle more usable and offer a lighter feel.

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Magnetorheological dampers are standard, now packing twin-coil technology to improve ride comfort when cruising, yet offer steel-like grip and body control when charging. The all-new Ferrari Portofino is expected to hit the market next year.

Its top speed is 199mph according to Ferrari, 3mph faster than its predecessor. The headlamps are shaped similar to those of the 488 GTB, but with larger black surrounds. The front gets full-LED headlights, and the headlights feature an innovative air intake which vents into the front wheelarch and exits along the flank to reduce drag.

"Open the retractable hardtop, and you can lay your eyes upon a leather-heavy interior with a 10.2" touchscreen display, a new flat-bottom steering wheel and 18-way adjustable seats with a backrest design that's supposed to improve rear legroom.

The new supercar comes with an "all-new aluminium chassis" that goes alongside a "new manufacturing technique" that reduces the complexity of auto production and helps reduce its weight, says Top Gear.

The Ferrari Portofino will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

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