The Ferrari Portofino has made its world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Here are live images from the motor show floor.
Ferrari has its own way of introducing facelifted models - renaming them as completely new ones. The latest is the Ferrari Portofino, but there's lot more to it than just the new skin. The Ferrari California T had a soft character, but the Ferrari Portofino, which replaces it, boasts a very sporty flair to it and is styled a lot more aggressively. More importantly, the Portofino has an all-new chassis which is significantly lighter than that of the California T. Ferrari has redesigned the body-in-white too. As a result, the torsional rigidity has improved over the old model.
The Ferrari California T's 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine pushes out 560 cv (560 hp) at 7,500 rpm and 755 Nm of torque at 4,750 rpm. Ferrari has used new components for this engine to employ it in the Ferrari Portofino. That, along with precise calibration of the engine software, has made the engine capable of producing 600 cv (600 hp) and 7,500 rpm and 780 Nm of torque from 3,000-5,250 rpm. The 0-100 km/h acceleration time has reduced by 0.1 seconds to 3.5 seconds. The top speed has increased from 316 km/h to 320 km/h.
At 4,586 mm long, 1,938 mm wide and 1,318 mm tall, the Ferrari Portofino is 16 mm longer, 28 mm wider and 4 mm lower than the Ferrari California T. Ferrari has changed the weight distribution ratio too, from 46-54% front/rear to 47-53% front/rear. Not that an aspect that would matter to most Ferrari buyers, but the CO2 emissions have reduced from 250 g/km to 245 g/km. The fuel consumption, however, has slightly increased from 10.5 L/100 km (9.52 km/l) to 10.7 km L/100 km (9.34 km/l).
The Ferrari Portofino's face has a wicked grin to it. The new full-LED headlights have a more horizontal shape and an innovative air intake beside their outer edge, the radiator grille opening is more angular, the air vents in the lower bumper have a stylish new design, and there's a front splitter to give a neat touch to the bumper. The hood has two sharp crease lines merging into the radiator grille's vertical bars, with sleek vertical vents on their outer ends.
At the sides too, almost everything looks new, the air vents and the sculpting behind it, the more athletic door panels, the sharper mirrors, the side skirts and the more dynamic greenhouse reminiscent of the Nissan GT-R. At the rear, the designers have placed the tail lights further apart. The redesigned bumpers make the car look brawnier. The back glass appears to have a larger footprint now.
Like the exterior, the interior redesign is also evolutionary and instantly noticeable. The Ferrari Portofino's interior is very similar to that of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso, which is a facelifted Ferrari FF. A few among the many features Ferrari mentions are 18-way electrically adjustable seats with a new backrest design that offers greater amount of rear-seat space, a new air-conditioning system, a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a new wind deflector which cuts air flow inside the cabin by 30% when driving in the open air.
Ferrari is yet to announce pricing of the Ferrari Portofino.