New 592bhp Ferrari Portofino unleashed to replace California

Kelley Robertson
August 24, 2017

Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a revised version of the California T's seven-speed dual clutch transaxle.

Maranello - Ferrari has taken the covers off its new drop-top beauty, the Portofino, ahead of its coming-out party at next month's Frankfurt International Motor Show.

The Portofino is said to feature Ferrari's E-Diff 3 electronic rear differential and will be the first GT vehicle with electric power steering, which can reduce the steering ratio rate by 7%. The cabin gets some more comfort-focused features, like a new AC system meant to do better with the hard-top up or down, 18-way electrically-adjustable seats with a new backrest shape to improve rear legroom, and a new wind deflector that promises 30-percent less air flow when fitted.

In addition, the supercar has received an upgraded exhaust system, branded rear differential E-Diff third generation and the traction control F1-Trac, which help the driver to control the slide. It's set to replace the California T as Ferrari's most affordable production model. The Portofino has rear-biased 46/54 weight distribution.

Inside, the Portofino looks similar to the California T, but sports a new 10.2in infotainment screen. Torsional rigidity has also been improved. With the extra power, a sprint from 0-62 miles per hour happens in 3.5 seconds. The hard top can be folded while on the move, although Ferrari is yet to confirm at up to what speed.

Ferrari hasn't confirmed prices for the Portofino, but it's likely to command a small premium over the outgoing California T, which has a price tag of £156,060. Ferrari's Aerodynamics department also added its two cents with, among other design cues, air intakes on the edges of the headlights that vent into the front wheel arches and exit along the flank for less drag.

At 4586mm in length, 1938mm in width and 1318mm in height, the Portofino is 16mm longer, 28mm wider and 4mm lower than the California T. Height has decreased by 4mm with the Portofino's folding hardtop roof standing 1,318mm above the ground. Comfort is amplified with 18-way electrically adjustable seats that provide greater leg room over the California T and a new wind deflector to further reduce airflow by 30 percent in the cabin.

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