Ferrari is known for making sleek and brilliant sports cars and their latest V8 GT drop top is naturally no exception. Successor to the popular (though somewhat controversial) California T, the Ferrari Portofino coupé-convertible sees upgrades in virtually every department. The car will make it’s debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and we can’t wait for this sporty speed demon to hit the streets soon after.
Naturally, the first question on most motor lover’s minds is: just how fast does this baby go? Well, how does 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds sound? Such lightning quick acceleration comes courtesy of a lightweight chassis and acclaimed V8 turbo engine, which has received a drool-inducing makeover. Namely, the pistons, con-rods, intake system and exhaust system have been significantly upgraded. That’s paired with Variable Boost Management to optimise torque delivery in relation to each selected gear. The result is faster acceleration, lower fuel consumption, and the ability to crank out 40 cv more than the California T.
On the design front: one look really says it all. In other words, the Ferrari Portofino is jaw-droppingly sleek, elegant and aerodynamic. A two-box fastback configuration marks new territory for a coupé-convertible with a retractable hard top. A front radiator grille opening extends to the contoured nose while new LED-headlights stretch horizontally. At the back, a lightweight retractable hard top is cleverly concealed so as not to create a sense of bulk or detract from the Portofino’s sporty vibe.
For the interior, Ferrari spared no expense. Expect an upgraded infotainment system with 10.2″ touchscreen, improved air conditioning, a new steering wheel, an optimised wind deflector and completely adjustable seats. Put it all together and you have the kind of exotic stunner that most men dream of, and some can actually afford.