Ferrari’s new V8 GT, the Portofino, has officially arrived in Malaysia today, less than a year after making its global debut in Frankfurt in 2017. The model, priced from RM948,000 (excluding import duties and other taxes), takes its name from one of the most attractive villages on the Italian Riviera. It is intended as the successor to the California T.

Powered by the 3855 cc Ferrari V8 turbo engine which is from the engine family that won the International Engine of the Year Award in 2016 and 2017, the sportscar boasts an ability to go from 0 to 100 km/h in a claimed 3.5 seconds as well as having a top speed of around 320 km/h . It is able to do this with 600 cv (591 ps) and 760 Nm as well as lighter overall weight of 1,664 kgs at the kerb.

“The Portofino is the most powerful convertible car in the GT segment that Ferrari has ever produced and Naza Italia is thrilled to present this dynamic model in Malaysia. Combined with versatility, it offers a level of driving pleasure and on-board comfort unparalleled on the market. This incredibly versatile V8 GT delivers sporty elegance, extreme performance, high-tech innovation and lavish comfort in a combination that is ideally suited to our customers’ automotive desires,” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, Group CEO, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Its vehicle dynamic characteristics have been completely revised and optimised. For the first time on this type of Ferrari model, third-generation electronic rear differential (E-Diff3) has been integrated with the F1-Trac, improving both mechanical grip and the control of the car to the limit.

The Portofino is also the first GT in this range to be fitted with Electric Power Steering (EPS). The integration of the EPS and the E-Diff3 reduced the steering ratio by 7% for even more responsive steering without a trade-off in stability at high-speed driving. Thanks to the adoption of dual-coil technology, the magnetorheological damping system has been upgraded, helping to reduce roll while contributing to improving absorption of road surface unevenness, thus making it an even more dynamic, responsive car.

The aggressively-styled car has a two-box fastback configuration – unprecedented in a coupe-convertible with a retractable hardtop. It effortlessly converts from an authentic ‘berlinetta’ coupe to a drop-top within 14 seconds, the operation possible whilst on the move at lower speeds.

The new car also focuses on on-board comfort and this is achieved by a slew of new features – an infotainment system with a 10.2-inch 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.

There’s also the new wind deflector which can cut air flow inside the cabin by 30% and reduces aerodynamic noise in open-top driving.

Customers ordering the Portofino through official importer and distributor Naza Italia can choose from many customisation options. They also get a 7-year Genuine Maintenance package, the only maintenance package of its kind to be offered by a global manufacturer.

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