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Ferrari’s New ‘Entry-Level’ Portofino is a Thing of Beauty

August 28, 2017

Ferrari Portofino
The New Ferrari Portofino

The California is dead, long live the Portofino!

Unveiled last week, it’s called the Ferrari Portofino and it will replace Ferrari’s previous entry level car the Ferrari California.

The California which has been Ferrari’s entry-level car for nearly a decade, had a base price of just over $200,000 (+-R2,7Mil) and the new Portofino will be priced similarly.

Ferrari Portofino
The New Ferrari Portofino – Hard top

Ferrari says this new replacement is both lighter and more powerful than the California T while still retaining the convertible hardtop body style. The Portofino is also more aggressive looking and features more aerodynamic bodywork.

Ferrari Portofino
The New Ferrari Portofino – Convertible

Ferrari has chosen a particularly evocative moniker for this exceptionally versatile drop-top car, referencing one of Italy’s most beautiful towns. Portofino is renowned for its charming tourist port and, over the years, has become internationally synonymous with elegance, sportiness and understated luxury.

Ferrari Portofino
The New Ferrari Portofino | Front

The renowned 3.9-litre Ferrari V8 turbo mill, that powered the California T, has been revised and now punches out 441kW! This is an increase of 30kW over the California T’s power unit thanks to the adoption of new components and tweaks to the engine management software.

Ferrari Portofino
The New Ferrari Portofino | Top rear

For similar performance, check out the all-new BMW M5 (F90) which has also been unveiled last week.

The additional power means a tenth of a second has been shaved from the car’s 0-100km/h time – it’ll now do the dash in 3.5 seconds, while top speed is claimed to be in excess of 320km/h.

Ferrari Portofino
The New Ferrari Portofino | Interior

The Ferrari Portofino will make its world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.

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