Car News 29 Aug 2017

Ferrari Portofino details revealed ahead of Frankfurt motor show launch

Ferrari has revealed its successor to the popular California T model, ahead of its official showing at this year’s Frankfurt motor show.

The new model, called the Portofino, replaces the California T as Ferrari’s entry level model. The shape and style hints at the ethos of the car, which will follow on from the California, with the focus very much on usability, rather than a pulse-racing driving experience.

Performance wise, the Portofino will be a slight improvement over the California, the engine has been revised with new pistons, intake system and exhaust manifold, resulting in a 39bhp increase totalling 592 bhp. The Portofino will also benefit from Ferrari’s E-Diff 3 system, an electronic limited slip differential that chooses to distribute torque to the rear wheels when appropriate. The new model will also use the Variable Boost Management System used in the 488 GTB. The system manages the available torque in low gears to ensure the maximum amount is applied. The extra power is then shifted more to the top end torque, where traction isn’t as much of a problem. This results in a 0-62mph sprint time of 3.5 seconds.

The Portofino still benefits from a set of rear seats, however leg room has been improved thanks to newly designed front seats. Other improvements include a larger infotainment touchscreen, a new steering wheel and a wind deflector that reduces noise when the roof is down.

Further details of the Portofino will be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show on the 16-24th September 2017.




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