Roof up or down, the new auto is sleeker and more cohesive a design than the old model from any angle. The engine develops 600 HP and 800 Nm of torque.
When released the California was Maranello's first V8 front-engined, rear-drive, two-seater convertible, and now that its time is due Ferrari has revealed an all-new successor due for its first public outing at next month's Frankfurt motor show.
The Portofino is said to feature Ferrari's E-Diff 3 electronic rear differential and will be the first GT vehicle with electric power steering, which can reduce the steering ratio rate by 7%. The Portofino should handle well too, thanks to Ferrari's third-generation electronic rear differential integrated with F1-Trac, the traction control system that's there "to give even less expert drivers the confidence to really make the most of their car's potential". 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 new Portofino - named after the coastal city of Portofino, Italy - replaces the unloved California/California T as the company's least expensive model (well, relatively speaking, of course). Torsional rigidity has also been improved. It is also, Ferrari says, a more "aggressively-styled car".
Ferrari's model naming policy can be rather arcane, but Portofino lays it on the line. Like a lot of high-end performance cars the Portofino has vents between the front bumper and front wheel arches, which are created to cut drag and improve air flow.
The 0-60 miles per hour run takes just 3.5 seconds, while top speed climbs very close to 200 miles per hour. That's not the case for the Ferrari Portofino. The Ferrari Portofino comes with a supermodel-wide mouth, while air intakes flanking the edges bring the airflow into the front wheel arches.
For the Portofino's occupants, Ferrari has equipped the auto with a new 10.2-inch infotainment screen and an upgraded climate-control system with improved performance for both top-up and top-down driving. Further improvements over the California T include a new larger infotainment touchscreen, a new steering wheel and a wind deflector to reduce noise when the roof has been lowered.