Public debut will be at the Frankfurt IAA

Public debut will be at the Frankfurt IAA

The successor for what started life in 2008 as the F149 California before changing names to California T in 2014 has been named. The new Ferrari Portofino is a 2+2 coupé-convertible, powered by a 441kW (600cv) turbocharged V8.

According to Ferrari, the Cali T's 3,855cc engine has been updated with new pistons, con-rods, and intake system. A one-piece-cast exhaust header is said to reduce losses while the Variable Boost Management, which adjusts torque delivery to suit the gear selected, enables the Portofino to offer even higher levels of acceleration in all gears and lower fuel consumption compared to the outgoing model. The power rise is a stated 40cv and torque is now 760Nm.

The Portofino is 4,586mm long, sits on what is said to be a new, lighter platform, has a top speed of 320km/h and will reach 100km/h in a claimed 3.5 seconds. The CO2 average is 245g/km. The car will have its public debut at the Frankfurt IAA.

The lifecycle, as with almost all FCA vehicles, should be a long one. Ferrari tends to give its cars a facelift, a revised or fresh engine and a new name after five or six years. Which means in the case of the Portofino, a major change in 2022 or 2023 with production of the revised and renamed model set to continue until around 2026.