This Is The Ferrari Portofino: Say Goodbye To The California T

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Ferrari's latest stunner will debut next month at Frankfurt.

Ferrari has just released details and photos of its latest model, the Portofino. Slated to debut next month at Frankfurt, the Ferrari Portofino will replace the California T as the Italian automaker’s V8-powered grand tourer. Based on its specs, it’s clear Ferrari has now done the job it should have done with the California T. For starters, the Portofino (the name rolls off the tongue nicely) is powered by an improved version of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, which now produces 592 hp at 7500 rpm and 560 lb-ft of torque from 3000 to 5250 rpm.

The V8 itself has been improved thanks to new pistons and con-rods, and a new intake system design. The exhaust system has also been significantly reengineered. Ferrari claims the Portofino is the most powerful convertible with a retractable hardtop on the market, going from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds. Top speed is 199 mph. And don’t think the Portofino is just a California T with an improved engine and redesigned body; it rides on an all-new chassis that’s lighter than its predecessor thanks to extensive use of "modern production technologies." One of the biggest complaints about the California T is its driving dynamics, and Ferrari claims the Portofino will leave its predecessor in the dust.

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For example, the Portofino features Ferrari’s third generation electronic rear differential that’s been adopted and integrated with the F1-trac. Just as impressive, the Portofino is the first Ferrari of its type, a V8 GT, to come fitted with Electronic Power Steering, technology that allowed engineers to reduce the steering ratio by seven percent for even more responsive steering without sacrificing stability, hence e-diff. The familiar magnetorheological damping system also receives an improvement in both roll reduction and absorbing bumps in the road. As far as design goes, we think the Portofino is stunning. A huge improvement over the California T.

The two-box fastback design is sleek, sexy and elegant while also showing some hidden aggression. Resemblances to the 812 Superfast, such as the front end styling, full-LED headlights, and overall aerodynamic body elements, is evident. We’re not complaining. The interior comes with a standard 10.2-inch touchscreen display, new ac system and steering wheel, and 18-way electrically adjustable seats with a new backrest design that also allows for a rear seat display. Back seat passengers also benefit from additional legroom. There’s also a new wind deflector that reduces air flow inside the cabin by 30 percent when dropped and cuts back on wind noise. We’ll bring you more details and photos from Frankfurt in just a few weeks’ time.

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