The successor to the California T is here: the new Ferrari Portofino. It seems like only yesterday that the California was unveiled, but that was actually a decade ago. Named for a fishing village on the Italian Riviera, the Portofino is as far from the California as you would imagine. That’s because everything is new from the ground up. Chassis design and high-strength composites have come a long way in the past 10 years, so it has allowed the Portofino to be lighter and stronger than its predecessor.
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Ferrari says the new car can leap to 62 mph (100 kph) in only 3.5 seconds. It might be one of the world’s fastest four-seat hardtop convertibles thanks to the 3.9-liter V8 that delivers 591 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. As with most flat-plane V8 engines, max horsepower is at a screaming 7,500 rpm, while torque is a broad plateau from 3,000 to 5,250 rpm. Taking a page from the 488 series, the boost from the turbos is computer-controlled. It allows for instant throttle response along with better fuel mileage. Attention to detail is also evident in the interior. A new 10.2-inch touchscreen is competitive with other luxury models, and new 18-way seats offer more comfort up front, along with more legroom for back-seaters. The A/C and climate control is more powerful, to provide cooling with the top down.
2018 FERRARI PORTOFINO SPECS
Engine: Twin-Turbo 3.9-liter V8
Torque: 560 lb-ft
0-62: 3.5 seconds
Top Speed: 198+ mph
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
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