Ferrari Showcases Portofino As Successor To California

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Ferrari has showcased its all-new grand tourer, the Portofino. The name is taken from a beautiful port town in Italy. The new hard-top convertible will replace the Ferrari California T and will mark the beginning of Ferrari’s line-up.

The Portofino has been made from the scratch and gets an all-new chassis. Ferrari has used a new production technology which has also helped the manufacturer to reduce its weight without compromising on the rigidity of the frame. The styling is all new, that made us say that this is one of the most elegant Ferrari designs amongst the available models.

It gets the classic coupe lines with a long hood, a raked windshield and a slanting roofline with nominal projections both fore and aft of the two axles. The hardtop retracts into the tail at the flick of a switch to show the beautiful roadster lines.

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As far as, engine and transmission is concerned, the Ferrari 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 from the 488 GTB develops 600bhp of power at 7500rpm and a whopping 760Nm of torque from 3000rpm. The engine power is sent to the right set of wheels through an automatic gearbox which catapults the car beyond 100kmph from zero in 3.5 seconds. With the roof up, the Portofino is capable of clocking over 320kmph and is one of the first GTs to get the new electric power steering. The magnetically controlled suspension damping and the latest electronic differential guarantees that it holds on to fast corners in the same way as it does on straight roads.

The cabin is luxurious with attractive leather trims and now gets a 10.2 inch touchscreen display, a new climate control system and 18-way adjustable front seats. Rear seats are present, but they are best reserved for toddlers or luggage.

The Portofino will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show and Ferrari is expected to start deliveries of the car by the end of this year.

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