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Ferrari Replaces California T with New Entry-Level Model Portofino

Ferrari Portofino Specs and Release Date

Yesterday, we reported on the 2018 BMW M5 that offers power and comfort. Isn’t it just our luck that within less than a week, Ferrari also gives us something to sink our teeth into? Something as good as a new release! 

It’s never fun to say goodbye to something you love. That said, having an even better thing for which that something is making way does soften the blow. Today, Italian giants Ferrari announced the Portofino, a replacement for their existing entry-level California T. 

With a lower and wider body than incumbent California T, the Portofino takes design cues from its older brother – the 812 Superfast. 

Ferrari’s entry model, the Portofino features a hardtop convertible roof and two back seats. In addition to the 10.2″ touchscreen audio/climate control, both driver and passenger are given their own informational displays.  

Ferrari Portofino Interior_oLeaner and Meaner 

Although drivers may notice the car feels wider and more spacious, the Portofino has less weight than the California T model it replaces. Without disclosing weight specifics, Ferrari’s press release announcing the Portofino calls this reduction in weight “significant.” 

This lighter weight and more aerodynamic styling means one thing for sports car enthusiasts – speed. 

Ferrari Portofino Engine and Powertrain 

The Portofino is more than a slimmer facelift for the California T. The engine has been rebuilt with new pistons, con rods and a fully re-designed air intake system. The exhaust system has been rethought as well, with the goal of avoiding any losses.  

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Ferrari’s Variable Boost Management system adjusts torque for the gear selected ensuring higher power and lower consumption for every RPM. 

The engine, itself, is a recent classic. Although rebuilt, it’s the same 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 we have grown to love in the California T. Ferrari’s upgrades increase the Portofino’s horsepower by almost 40 over the California T (591 hp vs 552 hp in the California T), and torque by 3 lb-ft. over the California T (560 lb-ft. vs 557 lb-ft. In the California T). 

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Ferrari Portofino Specs 

Here are some of the specs on the brand-new Ferrari Portofino:

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We’re really excited to see the Portofino hit some trials. While we don’t have an official release date from Ferrari yet, we’ll update you as soon as we do. 

Until then, be sure to check out our existing Ferrari inventory!