Ferrari reveals its replacement for the California, the Ferrari Portofino
Ferrari’s entry-level and most day to day oriented car, the California, has been replaced by the achingly beautiful Ferrari Portofino.
The Ferrari Portofino is powered by the Ferrari California T’s 3.9 litre twin turbo V8, which now produces 440kW, up from the California T’s 411kW. This power increase is thanks to new turbo boost management, a new diecast exhaust header and new pistons and connecting rods and a new intake. Interestingly, torque remains the same at 759Nm.
Power is still sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 0-100km/h sprint is completed in 3.5 seconds and weight is distributed 46:54 front to rear, and weight is said to be down on the old California T, although Ferrari won’t confirm the Portofino’s exact weight.
There’s also Ferrari’s electronic rear diff with “F1-Trac” to allow more novice drivers to explore the Ferrari Portofino’s true abilities on a track. Electronic steering replaces the California T’s hydraulic set up and the California’s magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E) now features dual-coil technology.
Australian prices are yet to be confirmed, but expect the Ferrari Portofino to cost more than the California T’s $409,888 sticker price.