Earlier this year we told you about the Ferrari Portofino that will be the Italian exotic car maker's new entry level offering. The all-new Ferrari Portofino will be replacing the California T in all the markets including India. Ferrari has named its new convertible GT car, and its launch colour, Rosso Portofino, after "one of Italy's most beautiful towns. We at OVERDRIVE have now learnt that Ferrari will be launching the Portofino in September 2018 in India. The car manufacturer has been celebrating 70 years across the world and in India too.
The Ferrari Portofino sports a more aggressive design when compared to the California T
Similar to the California T, the Ferrari Portofino too is a convertible with a retractable hardtop. While the overall shape and silhouette of the car resembles the Ferrari California T, there are several design elements that make the car look a lot sharper. The boomerang-shaped headlights flanked by air intakes and the new bumper for instance make the car look more aggressive. But those air intakes aren't just for show. They feed air into the front wheel arch and out the side to reduce drag. The curves and cuts along the side and the rear seem to be a lot sharper too.
The cabin of the Ferrari Portofino has been revised with a new steering wheel, trims and infotainment system
The interior of the Ferrari Portofino gets a couple of changes to the layout, and boasts new features like a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, 18-way electrically adjustable seats and a new wind deflector which reduces airflow inside the cabin by 30 per cent when the roof is down.
Ferrari claims that the all-new chassis that underpins the new Portofino offers a stiffer ride, which means this could be a fun car around tracks with precise handling. And to top it up, the Ferrari Portofino is also lighter than the California T, the precise details of which have not been shared by Ferrari yet. The Ferrari Portofino will also come equipped with electronically controlled limited-slip differential (dubbed E-Diff3) with an electrically assisted power-steering system.
The Ferrari Portofino continues to be powered by the same unit that is offered in the California T
The Ferrari Portofino continues to run the 3.9-litre turbo-charged V8 petrol we saw in the California T. However, several components including the pistons, con-rods and the intake system are new. It also gets a new one-piece-cast exhaust header, which reduces losses to ensure good throttle response and almost no turbo lag. As a result of all this, the Ferrari Portofino produces 600PS of power (up from 560PS) at 7,500rpm and 760Nm of torque (up from 755Nm) from 3,000-5,250rpm.
The Ferrari Portofino will be the new entry-level supercar for the Italian manufacturer