Ferrari kept California on the market for nearly a decade. However, they discontinued it a short while ago as it was no longer a competitive product. In its place, the Italian manufacturer released the 2018 Ferrari Portofino. Even though the name is all new, the car has quite a bit more in common with California than one would think. The car has a really similar wheelbase to its predecessor and it is nearly as wide and as long. However, it is also lower and the design changed dramatically, but more on that later. Even though it remains the entry-level Ferrari, the Portofino still offers all the things one would want from a supercar. It looks on par, or better, with the best out there and it drives just as good too.
2018 Ferrari Portofino Review
Like before, instead of using steel in its construction, Ferrari decided to use aluminum and carbon fiber. The end result is a relatively lightweight car for what it is. Honda HR-V is coming…
Unfortunately, Ferrari didn’t really release the specifics about the new model. Even so, they did say the car is lighter than its predecessor while also being more structurally sound. This means it should be better to drive, more comfortable and quite a bit quieter.
The older model wasn’t really all that great in this regard but it looks like Ferrari finally solved this issue. Despite what some said at first, the running gear changed quite a bit.
The 2018 Ferrari Portofino gets as standard magnetorheological dampers with two coils each. This should give the driver more control over the car and they should also make it quite a bit more compliant than before.
Probably one of the most impressive aspects of the 2018 Ferrari Portofino has to be the way it looks. Even though Ferrari did this before, this time around they took things to the extreme. While the design is definitely an evolution of the older model, they managed to give the car all-new design traits that make it seem unique.
The L-shaped headlights, the really low front end, the smiling grille or even the side intakes make the Portofino stand out. However, the most impressive part of its design has to be the rear.
Unlike with its predecessor, this time around Ferrari learned their lesson and offered a far lower trunk which doesn’t ruin the way the car looks. Also, while we would have loved to see a soft-top, Ferrari stuck with the hard-top which gives the car the coupe-look when raised.
Here things are pretty much identical to Ferrari’s other new cars. While this is a large upgrade over what was previously available, nothing is all that impressive.
The center stack features a new wide-screen infotainment system and the car still features the multi-functional steering wheel where Ferrari added all of the controls.
Like with California, the 2018 Ferrari Portofino offers up to 4 seats. However, those in the rear aren’t really usable for an adult which is a shame as the car would have been great otherwise.
Engine and Specs
The new Portofino boasts the same 3.9 liters twin-turbocharged V8 as before. This time around they made a few upgrades, so the engine has more power.
With the help of a new intake system, front-mounted turbochargers, different pistons and connecting rods as well as a new exhaust, the car now makes 591 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque.
|Ferrari California T||Ferrari Portofino|
|Horsepower||552 hp||592 hp|
|Displacement||3,855 cm3||3,855 cm3|
|Torque||557 LB-FT @ 4,750 RPM||561 LB-FT @ 3,000-5,250 RPM|
|Top Speed||196 mph||199 mph|
|0-62 mph||3.6 seconds||3.2 seconds|
This is actually quite a bit more than what Ferrari’s previous hypercars made which is not an easy feat to achieve. The engine sends all that power to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic which has to be one of the fastest on the market.
With it, the car will hit 60 MPH in just 3.5 seconds which is fast by any standards. Unfortunately, Ferrari didn’t really manage to breach the 200 MPH club with a top speed of 199 MPH.
Release and Price
Unfortunately, the price tag for the new Portofino is still well under wraps. Even so, being a Ferrari, we doubt much will change over its predecessor.
Most rumors seem to suggest the car will cost around $5,000 more than its predecessor. The car will likely hit the market closer to the end of 2018 but we may see some versions sooner.
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