Ferrari Portofino revealed - Ferrari's new entry level GT

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 23, 2017

The name "Portofino" derives from a "glamorous town on the Italian Riviera", says Evo, bringing an end to the traditional California name that has been handed to Ferrari's drop-top supercars since the 1950s. Its debut will take place at the Frankfurt show next month, so expect sales to begin in 2018.

All aspects of the 8-cylinder's efficiency have been honed with the adoption of new pistons and con-rods, and a new intake system design.

Ferrari's 70th-anniversary year continues apace with the announcement of its latest model: the Portofino. - Ferrari North Europe handout pic via AFP-RelaxnewsTo emphasise that the new auto is a genuine Ferrari in terms of road-holding behaviour, the company has chosen to give it a new name - Portofino (the name of an Italian village) that it hopes will further highlight the car's European rather than US-focused driving and handling characteristics. It's a Ferrari with a very specific objective, capturing conquest buyers new to the brand - and a higher proportion of women than for its sports cars. The geometries throughout the exhaust system have also been revolutionised. Ferrari claims a 0-60 miles per hour time of around 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 198 miles per hour. New dual-coil Magneride dampers allow for stiffer suspension settings whilst retaining the same or improved degrees of ride comfort as the California T. The steering ratio has been reduced by 7 percent with the electric setup and steering should be even more responsive than the California T. Plus, Ferrari says it plays quite well with the Portofino's third-generation electronic-rear differential and updated damping system. The design is aggressive without looking like a cartoon monster, and I think it's very nicely proportioned, especially with the top up.

The two-box fastback design is sleek, sexy and elegant while also showing some hidden aggression. Additionally, there's a 10.2-inch touchscreen unit, a new air conditioning system, and steering wheel. Back seat passengers also benefit from additional legroom. A new wind deflector also cuts wind noise and bluster inside the cabin by nearly a third with the roof down. The situation improved with the Cali T, adding some turbo'd torque to help with relaxed cruising, and the more focused Handling Speciale, but you can't imagine many will mourn its demise.

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