Have new Ferraris come barging so quickly that you’ve lost track of the model range? The Ferrari Portofino is the latest entrant. It not just replaces the slightly less-loved Ferrari California T (which was a replacement to the entry-level Ferrari California) but brings some added style and flair to the model line. It benefits from a new chassis and updated underpinnings, a more powerful iteration of the 3.9-litre turbocharged engine, and of course a new interior, too.
On the outside, the Ferrari Portofino is clearly miles ahead of the California T. The current full-LED headlamp arrangement is in line with the modern Ferraris, whereas the rear benefits from the tail lamps set far apart. Ferrari says the Portofino is ‘breathtaking, like only a Ferrari can be’, and that’s a 100% true. The car gets a metal roof, which can fold up/down in just 14 seconds. That’s a quick one, isn’t it!
The Ferrari Portofino’s cabin isn’t what you’d call busy. The large 10.2-inch touchscreen system takes up a large part of the dashboard real estate. The driver is greeted by a fairly simple-yet-great-looking instrument panel which is comprised of a central rev counter flanked by two screens. The steering wheel is new, and the 18-way electrically adjustable seats are going to complement that. You can also spec the Portofino with a secondary display for the passenger as well. It’s a 2+2 but like in most performance-focused cars, the rear seats aren’t from the Ferrari FF, so the usability is fairly limited.
Diesel in a Ferrari would be sacrilege, but as far as engine choices go, you can choose anything you want as long as it is the 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine. It makes 600 PS and a mammoth 760 Nm. So while it’s positioned as a GT, it can very well smoke its rear runners — and a large percentage of supercars. It gets a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which sends power to the rear wheels only. Under optimum conditions, the car can hit 0-100 kmph in just 3.5 seconds. And since we’re talking about a Ferrari, it would be wrong to not mention its claimed top speed of 320 kmph.
The Ferrari Portofino in India is priced at Rs 3.5 crore, ex-showroom. In terms of pricing, the Lamborghini Huracan (which comes with a naturally aspirated engine) is close. A Porsche 911 Turbo will prove to be more usable and with the new-gen 992 version around the corner, it might just be the proper rival to the Portofino. Keep in mind that the 911 is offered with a fabric top only.
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