By on August 23, 2017

Ferrari portofino 2018

Ferrari officially presented the world with the car intended to replace the California on Wednesday. The new model, called the Portofino, is a 2+2 sporting a mischievous grin and enough horsepower to warrant it. Named — like many of Ferrari’s grand tourers — after a part of the world known for its temperate climate, the Portofino houses an updated 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 with 591 prancing stallions ready to tear up the tarmac.

Distinctively less subtle than the base California in both appearance and specifications, the new “entry-level” Ferrari benefits from new internals, but the overall affect primarily bolsters horsepower. Torque is bumped up to 560 lb-ft between 3,000 and 5,250 rpm, representing a modest 3 foot-pound increase compared to a nearly 40-horsepower improvement. Not that it should matter; the Italian automaker still considers the Portofino a GT car despite its more aggressive persona.

Ferrari portofino 2018

Outfitted with magnetic damping, electronic power steering, an electronic rear differential, and the same variable boost management that mitigated turbo lag in the California, the new model should be technologically superior than just about anything else you’ll encounter on the road.

Ferrari claims the new model is capable of a 3.5-second 0-62 mph acceleration time and a top speed “greater than 199 mph.”

Ferrari portofino 2018

Lighter than the California, even with its retractible hardtop, everything is pointing toward the Portofino being a little more squirrelly than its predecessor. Ferrari introduced the California T after some purists griped that it wasn’t hardcore enough — as if a comfortable grand tourer with a hidden cup holder was some kind of sin. While this is speculative, I would imagine the design department is going to try and dodge that bullet in advance by assuring snobs that the Portofino is a “proper Ferrari” straight away.

Ferrari portofino 2018

However, it probably won’t be impossible to live with for the sake of “purity.” The interior offers slimmer seat backs so rear occupants have some legroom — though not much by the look of it. There is also a new 10.2-inch infotainment screen, passenger controls, a revised air conditioning system, and a brand new steering wheel.

The 2018 Ferrari Portofino will make its official debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and it will likely go on sale some time in 2018 for a six-figure fee to be announced later on.

Ferrari portofino 2018

[Images: Ferrari]

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23 Comments on “Ferrari Unveils Mischievous Replacement for ‘Entry-level’ California...”


  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Wow, that looks really good, especially from the back.

    • 0 avatar
      TonyJZX

      Yep. this is a home run. It has instant knockout styling.

      It does recycle a few cues but this is a good looking car and it’ll hammer like crazy given it has the California drivetrain.

      I assume this is a hardtop convertible like the California? Yep. best of both worlds.

      I’m more a fan of the tradition n/s 2+2 grand tourer rather than the mid engine layout so this is great.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Screw financial goals I’m buying this.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    DLO fail! On a Ferrari! I can just hear Sajeev crying into the mint-condition Mark VIII brochure he’s probably holding.

    That said, this looks handsome, certainly a step up from the California.

    • 0 avatar
      Cactuar

      Do you mean the black triangle at the back? I think that’s black glass and not an actual plastic trim piece. This gets a pass in my book.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        It’s definitely a trim piece. I understand that it visually extends the DLO—probably beyond the point that the hard-top could accommodate—but I think it would’ve looked good without it. Then again, it kind of goes with the black plastic across the bumpers and rocker panels.

        • 0 avatar
          Cactuar

          Yes you’re right, looking at high res pics I can see the depth of the trim. I still think it looks okay. At least the A pillar/sail panel junction is finished cleanly.

    • 0 avatar
      Eyeflyistheeye

      There is no DLO fail. This is an obvious homage to the 328, which completed its roofline with a black plastic triangle. It was perfect on the 328 and it is perfect here.

    • 0 avatar
      300zx_guy

      I could be wrong, but I don’t think it is DLO fail as much as a necessary compromise for the folding top, though it would’ve been nice if it could’ve been avoided.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Sorry Ferrari, I’ll need a soft top before giving up my internet dollars.

  • avatar
    Car Ramrod

    This thing looks like it wants to go eat children.

  • avatar
    energetik9

    With my Powerball winnings tonight, I think I’d rather have this or a 911 GT2 RS over a 488.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Now that’s a classy-looking car. If only it were more affordable.

  • avatar
    mcbacon

    I think I’d like that front end more if the prancing horse didn’t remind me of spinach stuck in a toothy grin.

  • avatar
    Fred

    So is this a new candidate for the base model review?

  • avatar
    Eyeflyistheeye

    Great. It’s like Ferrari built a 328GTS using 2017 technology.

    No, I mean it. I am almost in tears that with car companies getting almost everything wrong these days (no, I don’t want a 1.5 litre turbo hybrid CVT sports crossover built in China with a hideous large grille cynically designed for nothing except profit), and Ferrari’s whoring of their name on everything from socks to cheesy videogame controllers, Ferrari managed to build a car that’s an homage to their past all while being extremely cutting-edge, and all while having Sergio at the helm!

    The only problem is I can’t afford one and even if I could afford a used one in the future, I can’t afford the upkeep. It’s too bad Ferrari doesn’t have a sibling in their umbrella that could sell me something that kinda looked like this for a lot less money. You know, like how the Audi TT kinda resembles a mini-Murcielago? For goodness’ sake, FIAT should stop focusing on the stupid 500 lookalikes and bring back a FIAT Coupe that’s a poor man’s version of the Portofino. That will save them!

  • avatar
    notwhoithink

    “It’s too bad Ferrari doesn’t have a sibling in their umbrella that could sell me something that kinda looked like this for a lot less money. You know, like how the Audi TT kinda resembles a mini-Murcielago? For goodness’ sake, FIAT should stop focusing on the stupid 500 lookalikes and bring back a FIAT Coupe that’s a poor man’s version of the Portofino. That will save them!”

    Alfa Romeo 4C is what you’re looking for.

  • avatar
    notwhoithink

    Yeah, this is much better looking than the California ever was. The profile reminds me of the 599 that I love so much with some of the aggressive styling of the F12 thrown in. I really like it.

    OTOH, the California always seemed to me to be an “old man’s Ferrari”. Someone who wanted a Ferrari, but really didn’t want the sports car aspect of it and couldn’t bring themselves to buy a Maserati would buy one. But the Portofino is a significant improvement in style.

  • avatar
    raph

    Huh, it almost seems like the future was 2007

    In the link is a “Dino” concept for ant entry level Ferrari.

    >>http://www.diseno-art.com/encyclopedia/concept_cars/ferrari_dino_concept.html<&lt;

  • avatar
    YellowDuck

    Second paragraph: effect, not affect. Sorry, pet peeve.

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