An entry-level Ferrari? Okay, so the upcoming Ferrari Portofino may not be sitting on the driveway of all aspirational estate agents any time soon, but that said, the new car – a replacement for the outgoing California T – is set to be Ferrari’s most affordable release to date.
A convertible grand tourer with two seats, the Portofino takes its name from an Italian village. The car uses a new design of chassis which is significantly lighter than the California T. It also comes with electronic power steering in an attempt to make the car feel lighter and more versatile.
The interior of the Portofino takes plenty of style nods from the California T, plus a new 10.2in infotainment screen. In a similar vein to other previous models, the Portofino makes use of a partly-digital instrument cluster with all the car’s vital info directly in front of the driver.
An interesting touch is a deflector that reduces windflow into the interior (when convertible) by as much as 30%, making the car far quieter. The Portofino can raise and lower its roof whilst on the move. There are two rear seats but Ferrari admits that these are unlikely to comfortably seat anyone other than children.
Under the bonnet is a V8 petrol engine capable of 592bhp, 40bhp more than the California T. The Portofino can hit 62mph from standstill in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of ‘more than 199mph’.
The Ferrari Portofino is priced from £160,000.
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