It isn’t every day a new Ferrari emerges, so you can imagine the excitement around the Petrol News office when we saw this: the new entry-level Portofino.
The supercar will eventually replace the California T after it is unveiled in the metal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Ferrari says the Portofino improves on the preceding car by including more power, a lighter chassis and more aggressive yet also more aerodynamic exterior styling.
It’ll be powered by the same 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 engine found in the California T, but the addition of new components and recalibration of the engine management software means it now pumps out 592bhp; 40bhp more than before.
This extra power helps it shave a tenth of a second from its 0-62mph sprint time, now 3.5 seconds. Ferrari claims top speed will be in excess of 199mph.
It’ll boast lower fuel consumption and higher levels of acceleration across the rev range compared to the California T, thanks to the tweaked variable boost management.
The Portofino will be the first GT car in Ferrari’s range to be fitted with electronic power steering, while body roll will be reduced and damping improved due to the updated suspension.
Its meaner profile is achieved with the addition of 488 GTB-inspired LED headlights, angled lines and a new rear diffuser and tail light setup.
Inside, the cabin will centre around a new 10.2-inch touchscreen, but there’s also a new steering wheel, revamped seats and an infotainment screen for the passenger too.
Prices are anyone’s guess for now, as is its UK release date, but we’ll find out more details when it makes its world debut in Frankfurt.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “This is far from the most extreme Ferrari, but anything blessed with the prancing horse on its front end is well worth getting excited about.”
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