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Stunning 592bhp Ferrari Portofino Revealed — Goodbye California!

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Italian supercar manufacturer Ferrari has revealed the stunning new Portofino. The new Ferrari Portofino will make its official debut next month at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Named after an Italian fishing village, the Portofino replaces the California T as the entry-level car in Ferrari's lineup. 

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Powering the all-new Ferrari Portofino is Ferrari's 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. The 90° V8 engine has been heavily revised and now features revised pistons and con rods along with a new intake system design and a single piece exhaust system.

The Ferrari Portofino's 3,855cc twin turbo V8 engine produces 592bhp at 7,500rpm and 760Nm of peak torque from 3,000 - 5,250rpm, which is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.

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The newest prancing horse from Maranello's stable, the Ferrari Portofino gallops from 0 – 100kph in just 3.5 seconds and tops out north of 320kph.

The Ferrari Portofino uses an all-new aluminium chassis that is lighter than the one that underpins the California T. The new chassis despite the lower weight offers greater torsional rigidity due to new production techniques.  The Portofino has rear-biased 46/54 weight distribution.

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The new Ferrari Portofino is larger than the California t in overall dimensions. Length has increased by 16mm to 4,586mm and the new car is 28mm wider than the California T at 1,938mm. Height has decreased by 4mm with the Portofino's folding hardtop roof standing 1,318mm above the ground.

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In terms of design, the new Ferrari Portofino features an aggressive two-box fastback design that gives the new supercar a sleeker silhouette. The front end features a large grille and headlamps borrowed from the 488 but with black surrounds at the edges of which lie vents that channel air into the front wheel arches. The air is then pumped outside along the sides of the Portofino to reduce drag.

At the rear, the tail lights now sit further apart and are joined together by a boot lip spoiler which features a brake light at its centre. On either side of the rear diffuser sit dual tailpipes. 

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DriveSpark Thinks!

The new Ferrari Portofino is a new take on Ferrari's entry level hardtop roadster. The Portofino promises to leave the California and its turbocharged successor's rather softer dynamics for a more focused and sportier take on what a Ferrari should be. Whether or not it is successful in its quest remains to be seen.  

Story first published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 20:47 [IST]
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