Still fresh from the hype of the new Ferrari 812 Superfast launch in Malaysia, Ferrari has added fuel to the fire by revealing the new Portofino V8 GT which will be making its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Named after one of Italy’s most picturesque towns, the new V8 Grand Tourer will be launched in a Rosso Portofino colour as a dedication to the charming town by the Italian Riviera.
Despite being a grand tourer, the new Portofino is no slouch. 0 to 100 km/h takes a blinding 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 320 km/h. The source of this might comes from the Portofino’s twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine producing 591 hp @ 7,500 rpm and 760 Nm of torque @ 5,250 rpm.
Compared to the previous California T, the Portofino punches out 40 hp more with the adoption of a new intake system, an improved exhaust system, redesigned pistons and connecting rods and recalibration of the engine’s management software. A new one-piece-cast-exhaust header ensures that Ferrari’s signature zero turbo lag throttle response is maintained.
The improvements, coupled with the Variable Boost Management which adjusts torque delivery according to the gears selected, enables the Portofino to be more efficient throughout the rev range, gears and also in its fuel consumption.
The Portofino is the first Ferrari of its kind to adopt the third generation electronic rear differential (E-Diff3) alongside the F1-Trac system, to enhance the grip and control of the vehicle while on the limit. It is also the first GT to be fitted with Electronic Power Steering (EPS) for reduced steering ratio, increasing steering response.
As GT’s go, comfort levels are just as vital as the performance it offers. With that in mind, the magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E) has been uprated with a dual-coil technology to help reduce roll yet improve on shock absorption.
On the 4.5 meter (in length) Portofino features a large radiator grille opening that stretches from edge to edge of the contoured nose, complemented by a new full LED headlight fixture. The air intake tucked on the outside edge of these new headlights vents air into the front wheel arch and exits along the flank to reduce drag.
Its tailights have been placed further apart whereby cleverly concealing the housing of the all-new retractable hard top that is not only lightweight but can be erected or retracted at low speeds. On the inside, the Portofino comes with a 10.2-inch touchscreen display, a new air-conditioning system, a new steering wheel and 18-way electrically-adjustable seats. Occupants will also appreciate the new wind deflector which cuts air flow inside the cabin by 30%.
California dreaming is over, next stop Portofino!