Ferrari is waving so long to the California T with the reveal of the Ferrari Portofino, the brand’s all-new grand tourer. In one take, we already like what we see compared to the outgoing California T.
It’s sharper, sleeker, and its new design boasts significant aerodynamic improvements. The Ferrari Portofino’s design falls in line with Ferrari’s most recent design trends, which can be found on the 812 Superfast. Designers stretched the front grille opening and contoured the nose for a more aggressive stance and greater airflow, while the new headlights hide air intakes to reduce drag. At the rear, the taillights have been pushed farther apart, which help hide a redesigned RHT that can be raised and lowered with changing speeds.
Yes, it looks great, and it rides on an all-new chassis, but what about the power? It doesn’t disappoint either.
The Ferrari California T’s 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 engine carries over, but engineers have massaged an extra 40 horsepower from the engine, which brings the total to 592 hp. Thanks to new pistons, con-rods, a specific engine calibration and a new intake system, the turbocharged V8 engine finds a new character in the Ferrari Portofino. Additionally, a one-piece-cast exhaust header helps eliminate turbo lag and a Variable Boost Management adjusts torque delivery depending on the current gear.
The Ferrari Portofino also makes the switch to an electric power steering system, though Ferrari promises it’s for the better. The steering ratio has been decreased by seven percent and the system makes no compromises with the Ferrari Portofino’s third-generation electronic-rear differential.
Still, the Ferrari Portofino is no hardcore sports car. The Ferrari Portofino represents a softer, more comfortable take and Ferrari knows this. To ensure it doesn’t disappoint in this respect, Ferrari has provided additional legroom and a new wind deflector that reduces air movement by 30 percent in the cockpit. There’s also a new air conditioning system, 18-way adjustable seats and a 10.2-inch touchscreen.
Overall, the Ferrari Portofino represents a proper follow-up to the California T with sharper looks, and it doesn’t turn its back on the segment. Look for the Ferrari Portofino to make its world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.