On September 8, 2017 the Ferrari Portofino made its society debut as a substitute for the 10 year-old California. The car was launched during the World Premier in the presence of President Sergio Marchionne, Vice President Piero Ferrari and drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Sebastian Vettel, who was accompanied by Maurizio Arrivabene, Managing Director and Team Principal of Formula One’s Scuderia.
To date, the Ferrari Portofino ensures to be the most usable and affordable new model. So the luxury company of Maranello, claims that this new kind of car aims to be not only more economical but also the most practical, with more rear seat space, a bigger trunk and more equipment than the California T model.
Furthermore, it is lighter than its predecessor by an impressive 80kg. It is also equipped with an all-new front-engined, rear drive chassis, a new electric power steering plus a third generation electronic differential.
The Portofino’s engine is a totally revised version of the California T’s 3.9-litre, twin-turbo, 90 degree V8. It produces 591bhp at 7500rpm and 560lb-ft between 3000-5250rpm and emits 245g/km.
It can extraordinarily hit 62mph from rest in a mere 3.5sec. Zero to 124mph (200kmh) takes 10.8sec, so although it is a exploitable Ferrari, it is also an extremely fast one.
“There was also a particular focus on board comfort which is guaranteed by a slew of new features, not least an infotainment system with 10.2” touchscreen display, a new air-conditioning system that improves occupant comfort both with the top up or down, a new steering wheel, 18-way electrically adjustable seats with a new backrest design that boosts legroom for rear seat passengers, and the passenger display. All occupants will particularly appreciate the new wind deflector which, when the top is dropped, cuts air flow inside the cabin by 30% and also reduces aerodynamic noise.” said Ferrari’s company.
Thanks to its “low” price and all its unique comforts, is definetely a model you can easily drive throughout the year. A wonderful way to enjoy your Ferrari Portofino is to have a ride amongst the vast and beautiful landscape in Florence or in Cote d’Azur.
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