x

Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 September 2018

Ferrari's new Portofino: take a first look at the latest model

The car is a replacement for Ferrari’s best-seller, the California T

The new Ferrari Portofino, which is named a fishing village in Italy. Courtesy Ferrari
The new Ferrari Portofino, which is named a fishing village in Italy. Courtesy Ferrari

Ferrari’s 70th-anniversary year continues apace with the announcement of its latest model: the Portofino.

Named after the picturesque fishing village on the Italian Riviera coastline, near Genoa, the all-new car has some big shoes to fill as the replacement for Ferrari’s best-seller, the California T.

The Portofino coincides with Ferrari's 70th-anniversary year. Courtesy Ferrari
The Portofino coincides with Ferrari's 70th-anniversary year. Courtesy Ferrari

The V8-powered convertible GT certainly carries over plenty of design cues from the California T, not least in its grille, although it also seems to be informed by some of the angrier, more-angular lines of fellow Ferrari newcomer the 812 Superfast.

The Portofino's figures of 592hp, 760Nm of torque, top speed of 320kph and 0 to 100kph in 3.5 seconds, all represent significant jumps in performance versus the California T, aided by redesigned components that also make it notably lighter than its predecessor.

The car's top speed of 320kph and 0 to 100kph in 3.5 seconds represent significant jumps in performance versus the California T. Courtesy Ferrari
The car's top speed of 320kph and 0 to 100kph in 3.5 seconds represent significant jumps in performance versus the California T. Courtesy Ferrari

Its interior has been given the benefit of Ferrari’s latest technology, too, with a 10.2-inch touchscreen, a new air-conditioning system, a new steering wheel and increased legroom for rear-seat passengers.

The Portofino will make its world debut at the Frankfurt motor show, which runs from September 14 to 24.

The Portofino features a 10.2-inch touchscreen, a new air-conditioning system and a new steering wheel. Courtesy Ferrari
The Portofino features a 10.2-inch touchscreen, a new air-conditioning system and a new steering wheel. Courtesy Ferrari

_______________________

Read more:

Ferrari at 70: Meeting the modern-day visionaries behind the supercars in Maranello, Italy

The decoder: Ferrari’s badge

An icon worthy of Ferrari’s anniversary: the 812 Superfast

Latest from The National's Motoring section

_______________________

RELATED ARTICLES
Recommended