The Ferrari Company has announced that the entry-level 2018 Ferrari Portofino firmly heads back to Italy in the next couple of weeks. The all-new prancing horse serves as an official replacement for the previous California T version. The sports-car manufacturer’s entry-level Portofino derives its name from a small port town on the Italian Riviera.
Our Portofino model under review is sexier and more emotional than the previous prototype. Also, it rides on a new platform that is lighter than the California T. It flaunts Ferrari’s latest iteration of the electronically controlled limited-slip differential known as E-Diff3. The newest iteration of the company’s electrically assisted power-steering system along with an improved adaptive-damping system will become available.
2018 Ferrari Portofino – Exterior and Interior Cosmetics
Like the California T, the 2018 Ferrari Portofino comes as a convertible with a retractable hardtop. It has an aggressive styling and fine-looking proportions. When it comes to dimensions, the forthcoming Portofino is marginally longer, wider and taller than the model it replaces. It measures 180.5 inches long, 76.3 inches wide and 51.9 inches wide. The automaker asserts that these slight changes in proportions will not only improve handling but allow for a more aerodynamic design.
Up front, we noticed an angry-looking fascia that showcases Ferrari’s corporate headlight design. A better-integrated rear profile, LED headlights and a wide lower intake will give this entry-level Portofino a more imposing stance than the California T. From the side, the inbound model appears to highlight a muscular profile with broad rear haunches. Its profile gets to a full display with the roof crammed.
At the back, the all-new Portofino continues to showcase a more aggressive design courtesy of a rear diffuser and quad exhaust tips that slightly protrude out of the bumper. The vehicle’s taillights reflect the ones we can find on the California T. However, the incoming Ferrari Portofino’s taillights are more three-dimensional and are not surrounded by bodywork.
The 2018 Ferrari Portofino contains a lot of comfort and convenience items in the cabin. For example, we are going to find 18-way power seats and a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system. We also have a power-retractable hardtop, which can now be operated at low speeds instead of only at a stop. Similarly, the entry-level Portofino comes with a pair of vestigial rear seats. This time, they’re roomier than the units offered in the previous version.
2018 Ferrari Portofino – Engine and Transmission
Like its precursor, the 2018 Ferrari Portofino gets its juice from a front-mounted 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. But, this time the drivetrain comes packed with a whole new intake system, revamped connecting rods and redesigned pistons. Moreover, this unit comes with an enhanced exhaust system along with the latest engine-management software.
These amendments make it a reality for the high-revving V-8 to yield approximately 591 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. The incoming Ferrari Portofino gains at least 39 horses and 4 pound-feet of torque compared to the California T. Ferrari claims that the Ferrari Portofino accelerates from 0-62 mph in just under 3.5 seconds. It tops out at approximately 199 mph.
2018 Ferrari Portofino – Debut Date and MSRP
Reports reaching our newsrooms allege that the 2018 Ferrari Portofino formally arrives at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September this year. Therefore, it should arrive in the next few weeks from now. We are yet to get the information about its on-sale date and pricing. Nevertheless, we expect that Ferrari is going to charge at least $205,000 for the entry-level Portofino.