If you happened to own a Ferrari California on this day, you’d be feeling rather bleak about its resale value. On top of the fact that it is commonly regarded as the most unconvincing Ferrari of the last 20 years (I’d argue the 612 Scaglietti would have to come close), it now has a successor the all new Ferrari Portifino.
Taking style cues from the existing front engined V12’s and the famous town it’s named after, you can’t help but feel the new Ferrari Portofino is the convertible GT the California should have been.
To give Ferrari credit, the California T which I drove shortly after its launch, was a great car. It never engrossed me entirely, however, which can probably be attributed to looks. I never walked away and turned to admire it.
This Ferrari Portofino, on the other hand, is a stunner – broad, sleek and aggressive. The car features an all-new chassis that provides significant weight saving and better rigidity than the California T it replaces. Under the bonnet is Ferrari’s brilliant V8 producing 441kW and a 0-100km sprint of 3.5secs. All aspects of the 8-cylinder’s efficiency have been honed with the adoption of new pistons and con-rods, and a new intake system design.
A new one piece cast exhaust header reduces losses, an important factor in ensuring Ferrari’s characteristic throttle response with zero turbo lag. These improvements, combined with the Variable Boost Management which adjusts torque delivery to suit the gear selected, enable the Ferrari Portofino to offer even higher levels of acceleration in all gears and lower fuel consumption compared to the outgoing model. To appeal to customers who want a trackable car, E-Diff3 integrated with the F1-Trac, alongside Electric Power Steering will also improve both mechanical grip and control of the car on the limit.
The Ferrari Portofino will make its first public debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September and will arrive in Australia in 2018. Prices will be north of the outgoing California T which is priced at roughly $410k.
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