Ferrari has bid farewell to the California T as the Maranello-based automaker recently introduced the all-new Portofino. Serving as Ferrari's latest entry-level model, the 2018 Portofino is more than just a heavily redesigned California T. It's underpinned by a new lightweight chassis, along with a more powerful bi-turbo V8 churning out a healthy 600 PS.
Named after a city in northwestern Italy, the Portofino adopts a sharper exterior design compared to its predecessor. The front fascia carries L-shaped LED headlights, a new front bumper and a wider front grill that appears to be smiling. Like the California T, the Portofino makes use of a retractable hardtop that Ferrari claimed will give the Portofino a sporty and elegant design.
Large five-spoke alloys wrapped in Pirelli P Zero fill up the wheel wells, while the muscular rear fenders emphasizes the car's wide track. Rounding it all off are the signature taillights and the quad exhaust system at the back.
Inside, a new 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment makes its home in the Portofino's center dash, along with a new air-conditioning system that Ferrari says will improve occupant comfort both with the top up or down. There is even a new three-spoke steering wheel and 18-way power adjustable front seats with a new backrest design for improved legroom for the rear passengers. Completing it all is the new wind deflector which reduces air flow into the cabin by 30-percent with the top down. It also minimizes outside wind noise.
Residing under the hood is 3.9-liter bi-turbo V8 that generates a healthy 600 PS at 7500 rpm and 760 Nm of torque available between 3000 – 5250 rpm. It can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h at a quick 3.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 320 km/h. Compared to the outgoing California T, the Portofino generates 40 PS and 5 Nm more thanks to new components and a recalibrated engine management software.
Other upgrades introduced in the 3.9-liter V8 include new con-rods and pistons, a new air intake system design and a one-piece cast exhaust header. According to Ferrari, the new exhaust header reduces power loss while at the same time improves throttle response and minimize turbo lag. Combined with the Variable Boost Management which adjusts torque accordingly to each gear, the Portofino will deliver faster acceleartion and better fuel consumption added Ferrari.
Helping make the most out of the available power and handling on the 2018 Portofino comes courtesy of the third-generation E-Diff with F1-Trac. In addition, the new entry-level stallion is the first model to come with electronic power steering (EPS). According to Ferrari engineers, this allowed them to reduce the steering ratio by 7-percent for a more 'responsive steering' without having to reduce stability. The magnetic damping system has been uprated as well for the 2018 Portofino and now comes with dual-coil technology that helps reduce body roll.
The 2018 Ferrari Portofino will be making its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.