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portofino replaces california

Portofino replaces California

Ferrari’s latest convertible grand tourer takes its name from an Italian Village. Looks better, too

Christopher Ng Photo

Christopher Ng

11 May 2018

You’re looking at Ferrari’s latest pride and joy, the Portofino, recently debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and just unveiled at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort, a very apt place in our opinion. This Prancing Horse is priced at RM948,000 although you will need to pony up more for the relevant taxes and customisation.

The name is taken from a village on the Italian Riviera in the Liguria Region. We do not know where that is but it sure sounds fancy. It looks like a good place to drop the top, which comes down in 14 seconds, to listen to the sonorous turbo-charged V8 engine.

There are 592 horses packed into the turbocharged V8 engine, churning out 760Nm of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Portofino hits 100kph from zero in 3.5 seconds or 200kph in 10.8 seconds. Top speed for this beast is in excess of 320kph.

Not only does the Portofino have 40 more horses than the California T, it is also about 80kg lighter, which instantly makes this GT a better car. Yet, Ferrari saw it fit to include a rear e-diff with F1-Trac, the magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E) and EPS for better handling and response.

It’s not just power with the Portofino, there’s plenty of well-appointed plush to make this a proper grand tourer. The Portofino seats four; the redesigned backrest increases legroom for the rear passengers. Ferrari’s new wind deflector will also reduce airflow inside the cabin by 30% at the same time reducing air noise. At least, you’ll get to keep your hair-do longer.

But you won’t be buying the Ferrari Portofino for its comfier interior. You buy the car for the power, the looks and the emotion that can only come from a grand tourer.