Ferrari's new entry-level Portofino goes on sale in India, with an eye-watering price tag of Rs 3.5 crore (ex-showroom).
Ferrari's all-new drop-top GT has finally reached the Indian shores. Launched in Delhi, this new entry-ticket to the Ferrari brand has had all of us on our toes ever since we went to Dubai to experience the car in June 2018 (You can read our first drive review of the Ferrari Portofino here). Despite a delayed launch in India, Ferrari is confident that the new car will still attract numerous new buyers to the brand.
While it may not be an addition to Ferrari's 'hardcore' model line-up, by no means is the Portofino a slouch. It is powered by a twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 engine that churns out 591bhp and 760Nm of torque. All this power is transferred to the rear wheels through an F1-derived seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. 0-100km/h is done within 3.5 seconds and the top speed is in excess of 320km/h. The figures are certainly impressive for a Grand Tourer.
The Ferrari Portofino is much lighter than its predecessor - around 80kg - and its maker claims that the drop-top's body stiffness has improved by around 35 per cent over the California T. And to make it a more involving drive, the suspension setup of the car has been improved as well - the front and rear shockers have stiffer spring rates than before.
Inside, the newly launched Ferrari convertible features a 2+2 layout, but it's understood that it'll be mostly used as a 2 seater for leisure driving. The dashboard features a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment, and there's no dearth of features and equipment for the occupants. As for the roof, it can be opened or closed in just 14 seconds on the move at low speeds.
At the moment, Ferrari has two dealers in India - Delhi and Mumbai - and the Portofino will be sold exclusively from these outlets.