Ferrari Portofino: Unveiled

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The prancing horse is here! 

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The Portofino was unveiled at a private event in Bengaluru. This is a glimpse of the event. Expect the comprehensive review of the Portofino in Q3 2019. 

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Thank you for the invite, Nargis Kazerooni. 

Ferrari has announced the official India prices of the Portofino, a convertible GT that was revealed in 2017. The base price of the Portofino in India is set at Rs 3.5 crore (ex-showroom).

The Portofino is a spiritual successor of the Ferrari California T, which was a 2-seat convertible. The Portofino, however, has the option to seat two more individuals behind the front seats, although the two rear seats are suitable for just short trips.

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The carmaker claims that the Portofino’s retractable hard top can be opened or closed in 14 seconds on the move at slow speeds. The California T also managed to do the same in 14 seconds. It also claims that the Portofino can house two cabin trolleys in the luggage compartment with the roof down.

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The Portofino is quick and can do a 0-100kmph stint in 3.5 seconds, 0.1 seconds quicker than the California T. At 10.8 seconds, it is also quicker than its predecessor to reach 200kmph from standstill by 0.4 seconds. Top speed for the Portofino is rated at over 320kmph.

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It is a typical Ferrari, low-slung, hunkered, raked and aggressive. The large air dam covers most of the fascia flanked by two fluted air intakes while the kinked headlamps remind us of the 812. The contoured hood with the flush air intakes, the slits on the fender and the flowing lines are pure magic from Pininfarina. The single round tail lamps hark back to the 90s but the carbon-fibre rear splitter and quad exhaust give it the modern touch.

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Inside, the Ferrari Portofino is luxurious with its neatly crafted cabin. The bucket seats contour perfectly to fit and the dashboard is loaded up with modern tech. the TFT screen for the instrument cluster, the infotainment display in the centre console and the neatly machined buttons and switches make it look and feel top-class. There are two little seats in the second row as well, but those can be strictly reserved for some excess baggage.

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Under the hood of the Portofino is the all-new 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 that delivers 592bhp of power and 760Nm of torque all delivered to the rear wheels through the F1 dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox. It blasts to 100kmph in 3.5 seconds with top speed beyond 320kmph. The hard-top convertible can switch the roof on or off within 20 seconds at speeds up to 60kmph.

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We also had a very special guest at the event. 

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