Ferrari seems to have adopted the mantra of “less is more,” as the brand is currently following a simplification strategy, which means less parts and lighter weight for new vehicles.
The Ferrari Portofino was the first vehicle produced under the new strategy, and the results are there. For instance, the Portofino has only 2 pieces in its A-pillar, compared to 21 in the California. Overall the Portofino chassis has 40 percent less parts than the California.
We can see a bunch of benefits here. On the manufacturing side of things, the vehicle is easier to produce. And on the consumer side, it should be easier to maintain and repair.
To be clear, this doesn’t mean the automaker has stopped focusing on pushing performance. The 3.9-liter bi-turbo V8 makes about 40 more horsepower and 4 lb-ft of torque in the Ferrari Portofino than it did in the California T, for a total of 600 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of twist.
With this simplification strategy now in place, we’re interested to see how future models, like the upcoming 488 GTB, will be affected. One thing’s for sure: new Ferraris are sure to be more potent than ever before.
Source: Motor 1