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Just brilliant: Reaction to 200mph Ferrari Portfino

By Paul Connolly

Ferrari fans and motoring writers have lavished praise on the company’s newest model, the Portofino.

Due to be seen in the metal for the first time at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the Portofino is an entry-level convertible that will replace the much-loved California T.

The four-seater grand tourer raises the bar on the California with more power, more aggressive looks, a lighter chassis and sleeker bodywork.

The Ferrari California was the Italian manufacturer’s most commercially successful car, so the Portofino has much to live up to.

So far, it has been judged a success. GQ magazine says the new car is “sharper, visually and dynamically” as well as being “faster and more exciting”.

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Ferrari Portfino

Fortune magazine says the Portofino is “the entry-level sports car of your dreams”, while Auto Express magazine pronounced it “stunning”.

The car is sure to steal the show at Frankfurt when it will be officially unveiled and seen in real life for the first time.

Named after the famously-picturesque Italian town of Portofino near Genoa, the car is capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds.

Top speed is said to be in excess of 199mph.

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Ferrari Portfino

Ferrari boasts it is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hard top, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space plus two rear seats suitable for short trips.

The Portofino’s all-new chassis features a significant weight saving over the California T.

All the chassis and body-in-white components have been redesigned with a consequent reduction in weight despite an increase in torsional rigidity.

The famous V8 turbo, part of the engine family that was nominated International Engine of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, now punches out 40 cv more than the California T’s power unit thanks to new components and specific calibration of the engine management software.

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Ferrari Portfino

The characteristic Ferrari V8 soundtrack has also been further enhanced, and can now be better heard when driving with the roof down.

All aspects of the 8-cylinder’s efficiency have been improved, including the adoption of new pistons and con-rods, and a new intake system design.

The improvements, combined with the Variable Boost Management which adjusts torque delivery to suit the gear selected, enable the Portofino to offer higher levels of acceleration in all gears and lower fuel consumption compared to the outgoing model.

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Ferrari Portfino

For the first time on this type of Ferrari model, the third-generation electronic rear differential (E-Diff3) has been adopted and integrated with the F1-Trac, improving both mechanical grip and the control of the car.

Pricing and an official release date are expected to be announced soon, likely at the Frankfurt Motor Show (14 – 24 September). For guidance, the entry-level California costs from around £155,000.

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Ferrari Portfino

Technical specification summary

Engine

  • Type V8 - 90°
  • Overall displacement 3855 cm3
  • Maximum power output 441 kW (600 cv) at 7500 rpm
  • Maximum torque 760 Nm from 3000 to 5250 rpm
  • Length 4586 mm
  • Width 1938 mm
  • Height 1318 mm
  • Weight distribution 46-54% front/rear

Performance

  • Maximum speed >320 km/h
  • 0-100 km/h 3.5 sec

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

  • Fuel consumption 10.5 l/100 km
  • Emissions 245g CO2/km

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