Ferrari Portofino Launched In India At Rs 3.5 Crore
The Portofino is a 4-seat convertible GT that replaces the California T
The Portofino is a spiritual successor of the Ferrari California T, which was a 2-seat convertible. The Portofino, however, has the option to seat two more individuals behind the front seats, although the two rear seats are suitable for just short trips.
The carmaker claims that the Portofino’s retractable hard top can be opened or closed in 14 seconds on the move at slow speeds. The California T also managed to do the same in 14 seconds. It also claims that the Portofino can house two cabin trolleys in the luggage compartment with the roof down.
The Portofino is quick and can do a 0-100kmph stint in 3.5 seconds, 0.1 seconds quicker than the California T. At 10.8 seconds, it is also quicker than its predecessor to reach 200kmph from standstill by 0.4 seconds. Top speed for the Portofino is rated at over 320kmph.
It’s powered by a 3855cc V8 engine that develops a maximum power of 600PS and peak torque of 760Nm. The power output is 40PS more compared to the California T. Power to torque ratio for the Portofino is also higher compared to the California T as it is 80kg lighter. The engine is mated with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Besides a more powerful engine and reduced weight, Ferrari also claims to have improved the dynamics to make the Portofino a better car than the California T to drive in different situations. In ‘Sport’ mode, for example, the Portofino is said to exhibit better body control and reduced roll than the California T. Similarly, Ferrari also claims that the ride quality in ‘Comfort’ mode is superior than its predecessor on rough roads. The Portofino is also the first GT in Ferrari’s portfolio to have received an electric power steering.
Another first is the use of electronically controlled bypass valves that change the exhaust note based on the following three situations:
- Ignition: The valve stays closed to deliver a muted, moderate sound.
- Comfort Manettino position: The valve opens to a moderate degree to produce a recognisable sound that still will not be out of place in an urban context and on longer journeys.
- Sport position: The valve opens and produces a sportier sound from the lowest engine speeds all the way up to the redline.
Understandably, Ferrari offers a plethora of customisation options on the Portofino ranging from a variety of body colours, alloy wheels and brake callipers to interior trim and even steering wheel done in different leather colours.
While it would be hard to convince anyone who has his eyes set on a Ferrari to opt for some other car, you do have a few options when shopping for a fast convertible. There’s the Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible, the Maserati Gran Cabrio and even the Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder for the taking.
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