The Ferrari Portofino revealed | New Exotic Entry from Ferrari
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The Ferrari Portofino is all set to make its world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. It is the new V8 GT set to be a pioneer in its segment all because of a combination of sportiness, elegance and on board comfort.
Ferrari went for a classy branding strategy and chose an evocative moniker for this exceptionally versatile car, and has been named after one of Italy’s most beautiful towns. Portofino is well-known for its charming tourist port and, over the years, has become an international symbol of elegance, sportiness and understated luxury. Rosso Portofino is the color that has been chosen as the launch colour of the new Ferrari as a dedication to this marvellous town.
It releases a great 600 CV, punching out 40 CV more than the California T’s power unit thanks to the adoption of new components and specific calibration of the engine management software. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds, it is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hardtop, a spacious boot and generous cockpit space plus two rear seats suitable for short trips.
The Ferrari Portofino’s all-new chassis features a great amount of weight has been saved over the California T it replaces. The best part being the extensive use of modern production technologies, all the chassis and body-in-white components have been given a new design with a consequent reduction in weight while also maintaining an increase in torsional rigidity.
With the adoption of new pistons and con-rods and a new intake system design all aspects of the 8-cylinder’s efficiency have been polished. The geometries throughout the exhaust system have also been evolved. The new one-piece-cast exhaust header reduces losses, an important factor in ensuring Ferrari’s characteristic throttle response with zero turbo lag. The ability of Ferrari Portofino to provide higher levels of acceleration in all gears and lower fuel consumption compared to the previous model has been enabled by the improvements, combined with the Variable Boost Management which adjusts torque delivery to suit the gear selected.
Introduction of new technological solutions has benefited the Ferrari Portofino’s vehicle dynamic characteristics have been completely revised. For the first time on this type of Ferrari model, the third generation electronic rear differential (E-Diff3) has been adapted and integrated with the F1-Trac, improving both mechanical grips also control of the car on the limit. For the first time EPS (Electric Power Steering) has been fitted in the GT range with the new Ferrari Portofino. This allowed the engineers to reduce the steering ratio by seven per cent for even more responsive steering without a trade-off in stability thanks to the integration with the E-Diff3. Helping to reduce roll while simultaneously improving absorption of road surface unevenness is the magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E) that has been uprated with dual-coil technology. The result is an even more dynamic, responsive car that also delivers superior ride comfort.
The Ferrari Design is unprecedented in a coupé-convertible with a retractable hard top. A sportier character without impinging on its elegance and dynamism the Ferrari Portofino is an aggressively-styled car with a two-box fastback configuration that adds extra sleekness to its silhouette, lending it.
Maximum efficiency in the development of the surface treatment has ensured a close collaboration between the Aerodynamics department and Ferrari Design. In the front, emphasized by a new full-LED headlight assembly with a more horizontal shape - the form of the large radiator grille opening stretching from edge to edge of the carefully contoured nose. To reduce drag the outer edge of the headlight hides an innovative air intake which vents into the front wheel arch and exits along the flank.
Placing the tail lights further apart has enhanced the car’s sporty stance that is highlighted by the tail design. A more lightweight design and can be raised or lowered at low speeds that are featured by this elegant solution that cleverly conceals the rear volume housing the all-new RHT.
Everything has been particularly changed along with the focus upon on board comfort which is guaranteed by a range of new features : a new air-conditioning system that improves occupant comfort both with the top up or down, an infotainment system with 10.2” touchscreen display, a new steering wheel, 18-way electrically adjustable seats with a new backrest design that increases legroom for rear seat passengers, and also the passenger display. Highly appreciable is the new wind deflector which, when the top is dropped, cuts air flow inside the cabin by 30% along with reducing aerodynamic noise.
The Ferrari Portofino is made to perfection for everyone who loves sporty driving, the new Ferrari does apt justice to its brand name.