2017 Frankfurt Motor Show: Ferrari Portofino Takes Centre Stage

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Ferrari decided to bid goodbye to the California T a few weeks ago by announcing a replacement — the Portofino. Now, the Ferrari Portofino made its official debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Everything is new about the Portofino, styling, design, interior, headlights, and the front grille. The design is a step up, which resembles the 812 Superfast, while the headlights and other bits resemble the GTC4Lusso.

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What is not entirely new though, is the engine, the 3.9-litre twin turbo V8 from the California T, but retuned to deliver 600bhp. Ferrari has also been generous with the use of aluminium and carbon fibre to keep the weight of the Portofino down.

This translates to the Ferrari Portofino accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of 320km/h. Ferrari says that new pistons, connecting rods, and better intake add to the car's performance.

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Being a hardtop convertible, the roof does use a lot of space in the boot, but still manages to hold more luggage compared to the California T.

Inside, the Ferrari Portofino borrows the steering wheel design from the 812, but other bits resemble that of the Lusso, including the infotainment system and the little passenger side display.

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DriveSpark Thinks!

The Ferrari Portofino deserves the place it takes right now. Taking into consideration the 2+2 seating, and Ferrari's E-Diff 3 electric rear differential and F1-Trac stability control, the Portofino more than fills the replacement shoes of the California T. 

Story first published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 13:35 [IST]

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