Friday, May 11, 2018

The Ferrari Portofino is Unveiled - Ferrari's Latest V8 GT is Now in Malaysia

Today, Naza Italia, official importer and distributor of the Ferrari brand in Malaysia, unveiled Ferrari's latest V8 powered Grand Tourer - the Ferrari Portofino. The Portofino, was first revealed at the Frankfurt International Motor Show last year, is Ferrari's latest drop top, or convertible grand tourer and it offers a good mix in terms of luxury, performance, practicality and on-board comfort.

(L to R) Mr. Damien Woo (National Brand Head - Ferrari of Naza Italia Sdn Bhd), Dato’ Samson Anand George (Group Chief Executive Officer, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd) and Mr. Marco Sambaldi (Head of Sales, Ferrari Far and Middle East Hub)

The Ferrari Portofino is being introduced at the base price of RM948,000.00 (excluding duty and customization options). This would basically come up to the RM2 million mark with everything inside it. It features a retractable hard top, spacious trunk (with the top up), ample passenger space, and two rear seats ( more suited for a short trip or for children) making it one of the more practical Ferrari out there.

This practical GT by Ferrari derives its name from one of the most attractive villages on the Italian Riviera located in the Liguria Region. According to Ferrari, the Portofino is a symbol of scenic beauty and elegant daily living. Its fully automated, retractable hardtop allows it to go from a ‘berlinetta’ coupĂ© to a drop-top at a flick of a switch. The specially redesigned retractable hard top can now be opened or closed in a quick 14 seconds whilst on the move at lower speeds, making it even more practical for use in day-to-day situations. It also has that charismatic Ferrari V8 soundtrack for aural pleasure. This isn't just about going fast, but sounding fast too. Typically Ferrari. 

Powered by the Ferrari 3.9liter V8 turbo engine with 600hp / 760Nm torque, it allows the Portofino to achieve 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 320kmh. The car is an evolution of its predecessor, the Ferrari California T and because of this power output is up 40hp than before and it is also cleaner in terms of emissions. This is due to different engine components and a different tweak on the electronics which control it. Aside from that, the Portofino is also slightly lighter and this improvements in power as well as power to weight ration means overall the result is a significant hike in performance and a corresponding drop in emissions.

Ferrari basically states that the Portofino is more than just an upgrade of the California T. The vehicle dynamic characteristics have been completely revised and optimised . This is the first time on this type of Ferrari model that Ferrari's third-generation electronic rear differential (E-Diffs) has been integrated with the F1-Trac, improving both mechanical grip and the control of the car to the limit. 

The Ferrari Portofino is also the first GT in this range to be fitted with EPS (Electric Power Steering). According to Ferrari, the integration of the EPS and the E-Diff3 has allowed a reduced the steering ratio by 7% for even more responsive steering without a trade-off in stability at high-speed driving. 

The Portofino also sports a dual-coil suspension system. The magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E) or in simpler English means that the shock absorbers are magnetically controlled, has been upgraded. Body roll is reduced but is also contributes to improving absorption of road surface unevenness, making the Portofino an even more dynamic, responsive yet comfortable sports car.

Aside from the performance characteristics of the GT, the Portofino isn't an all out sports car like its V8 powered sibling, the 488. This is more grand tourer than super sports car. It also focuses on on-board comfort. There is a plush interior which you can get in and out of easily. It sports a more relaxed seating position. 

There is also an infotainment system with a 10.2” touchscreen display, a new air-conditioning system that improves passenger comfort either with the top up or down, a new steering wheel, 18-way adjustable electric-powered seats with a new backrest design that boosts legroom for rear seat passengers, and the passenger display. All passengers will benefit from a new wind deflector which can cut air flow inside the cabin by 30% and reduces aerodynamic noise in open-top, high speed driving.

The 2018 Ferrari Portofino - Technical Summary

Type                                        V8 - 90° turbo              
Total displacement                  3855 cc                 
Bore and stroke                      86.5 mm x 82 mm
Max. power output *               441 kW (600 cv) at 7500 rpm       
Maximum torque *                760 Nm between 3000 and 5250 rpm
Max. engine speed                 7500 rpm
Compression ratio                  9.45:1

Weight and dimensions
Length                                     4586 mm
Width                                      1938 mm
Height                                     1318 mm
Wheelbase                              2670 mm
Front track                              1633 mm
Rear track                               1635 mm
Kerb weight**                         1664 kg
Dry weight**                          1545 kg
Weight distribution                 46-54% front/rear
Boot capacity                          292 l
Fuel tank capacity                   80 l

Front                                        245/35 ZR20; 8J x 20”
Rear                                        285/35 ZR20; 10J x 20”

Carbon-ceramic brakes
Front                                        390 mm x 34 mm
Rear                                        360 mm x 32 mm

Transmission and gearbox                      F1 dual-clutch transmission, 7-speed
Electronic controls                                  ESP, ESC, with F1-Trac, E-Diff 3, SCM-E with twin solenoid

Maximum speed                     >320 km/h
0-100 km/h                             3.5 sec
0-200 km/h                             10.8 sec
100-0 km/h                             34 m

Fuel consumption CO2 emissions***
Fuel consumption                    10.7 l/100 km 
Emissions                                245g CO2/km

* In 7th gear
** With specific optional extras
*** Combined cycle. In homologation phase.  ECE+EUDC with standard HELE configuration

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