Feast Your Eyes On The Stunning New Ferrari Portofino

Built to replace the California T, the new Portofino is not only staggering to look at - it's lighter, more powerful and faster, too. You can see why we're interested...
Feast Your Eyes On The Stunning New Ferrari Portofino

This is the replacement for the Ferrari California T, and isn’t it a looker? The Portofino, which is named after a small fishing village, obviously, is based on an all-new chassis that saves a whole load of weight – and looks way prettier with its clothes on.

Powered by a 592bhp development of the California’s turbocharged V8, it’s expected to crack 200mph courtesy of Ferrari’s odd phrasing that its top speed will be ‘over 199mph’. The new chassis is stiffer than before, while it also gets Ferrari’s E-Diff 3 electronic rear differential control. It should handle, then.

Feast Your Eyes On The Stunning New Ferrari Portofino

You’re looking at the first Ferrari to switch hydraulic steering for an electro-mechanical setup, which has apparently let the Italian brand quicken the steering by seven per cent without making it too twitchy for the sort of GT use that buyers will put it to.

The benchmark 0-62mph sprint will take 3.5 seconds, Ferrari says, but further details are scant beyond what we can see in the pictures. Like a lot of high-end performance cars the Portofino has vents between the front bumper and front wheel arches, which are designed to cut drag and improve air flow. The car is destined for a full reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, after which we’ll be able to tell you more.

Feast Your Eyes On The Stunning New Ferrari Portofino

In the meantime let’s content ourselves by absorbing every gorgeous line on the new car. Its proportions are definitely better than the California T’s, being more even overall and tighter around the rear end, where the neatly-packaged electric folding hard-top folds away. For those top-down drives there’s a wind deflector that apparently reduces the annoying air swirl around the cabin by 30 per cent.

This is one that we’re very much looking forward to at the Frankfurt Show. We’ll bring you more when we can.



Astoundingly beautiful, probably ‘Superfast’ aswell
Can’t wait for a Chris Harris Drives episode!

08/23/2017 - 11:26 |
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FLixy Madfox

I woke up today in a bad mood

After saying “PORTOFINO” in a loud Italian accent (hand gestures and all), I’m feeling so much better

08/23/2017 - 11:26 |
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*PORTOfino. Source: Am Italian. Also, come visit us; You won’t regret it!

08/23/2017 - 11:53 |
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08/23/2017 - 11:55 |
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I just got my wisdom teeth out yesterday and this made me laugh and therefore put me in more pain

08/23/2017 - 14:23 |
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Does it remind anyone else of a roofless F12 Berlinetta ?

08/23/2017 - 11:28 |
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Darth Imperius/Anthony🇭🇷

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

More like roofless 812

08/23/2017 - 11:33 |
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Is it just me, or do the grille and headlights look too big for the rest of the car?

08/23/2017 - 11:32 |
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Darth Imperius/Anthony🇭🇷

Looks like it begs for a V12.

08/23/2017 - 11:33 |
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California (In my knowledge atleast the T model) never had the V12, that was kinda the point of it.

08/23/2017 - 13:39 |
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08/23/2017 - 11:39 |
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08/23/2017 - 11:58 |
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Chewbacca_buddy (McLaren squad)(VW GTI Clubsport)(McLaren 60

It looks soooooo much better than the California

08/23/2017 - 11:56 |
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I disagree. This isnt very good looking , the cali is much better

08/23/2017 - 12:42 |
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08/23/2017 - 13:39 |
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sexy af

08/23/2017 - 12:03 |
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Jakub Grzybacz

In terms of design I have mixed feelings. It’s not bad but it’s not perfect either. Front end looks awesome, the rest… not so. These curved doors make Portofino look like it’s been T-boned from both sides. What’s more, I’m not a big fan of these side vents. Sure, I know that they probably have some important function, but they also make its design unnecessarily complicated.

08/23/2017 - 12:11 |
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Ray Sloan

This and the 812 seem like front engine Lamborghinis

08/23/2017 - 12:18 |
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