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Posted by Joseph Clement on 24 August, 2017

Ferrari has officially unveiled their new V8 GT named Portofino.

The Italian manufacturer expects the car to dominate the GT segment thanks to a “perfect combination of sportiness, elegance and on board comfort.”

The car is named after one of Italy’s most beautiful towns, giving it a lot to live up to appearance wise. However, judging from the pictures that Ferrari have released it really does earn the name. The car has a sporty yet elegant look about it and a really nice presence and stance.

Red Ferrari Portofino
Photo credit: Ferrari N.V.

The new GT is a coupé-convertible with a retractable hard top making it both dynamic and stylish. As expected from Ferrari, a lot of thought has gone into the design and aerodynamics of the Portofino. At the front of the car, you will find a large radiator grille which sits below a new full-LED headlight assembly. There are also air intakes on the outside edge of the front nose that direct air into the front wheel arches and exiting along the side of the car to reduce drag.

The Portofino’s V8 turbo engine is capable of unleashing 600 cv (approx 591 hp) and goes from 0 – 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 3.5 seconds. When compared to its predecessor the California T, the Portofino is lighter, more rigid and delivers a 40 cv (39 hp) increase in power.

Everything about the V8 engine’s efficiency has been refined, including new pistons and conrods, and a new intake system design. Ferrari has also improved the exhaust system by introducing a new one-piece-cast exhaust header which establishes accurate throttle response with little to no turbo lag.

Ferrari Portofino V8 GT
Photo credit: Ferrari N.V.

Three major bits of technology have been added to the Ferrari Portofino:

  1. E-Diff 3 – A third generation electronic rear differential has been integrated with the F1 Trac to improve mechanical grip and control of the car when it is being pushed to the limit.
  2. EPS (Electronic Power Steering) – The Portofino is the first GT in the range to be fitted with EPS. Ferrari claims that introducing EPS has allowed their engineers “to reduce the steering ratio by seven per cent for even more responsive steering without a trade-off in stability thanks to the integration with the E-Diff3.”
  3. SCM-E – This is an updated magnetorheological damping system with dual-coil technology which helps reduce roll, while simultaneously improving absorption of road surface unevenness.

All of this technology should help to make the Portofino comfortable, dynamic and responsive.

Ferrari Portofino Interior
Photo credit: Ferrari N.V.

Inside the car, there will be an infotainment system with a 10.2” touchscreen display, a new air conditioning system, steering wheel, passenger display and 18-way electrically adjustable seats. It sounds like Ferrari have everything covered when it comes to the comfort side of things, and in case you were worried about wind noise when the top is dropped a new wind deflector has been added to cut air flow inside the cabin and reduce noise.

The Ferrari Portofino is set to make its world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.