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Ferrari premieres its most powerful GT car – the Portofino

Naza Italia, the official importer and distributor of Ferrari in Malaysia premiered the prancing horse’s latest and most powerful V8 GT – the Ferrari Portofino at an exclusive event at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The Portofino which saw its world debut at the Frankfurt International Motorshow last September is a perfect combination of luxury, versatility and on-board comfort and is set to dominate its segment.

The Ferrari Portofino derives its name from one of the most attractive village on the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region and the car perfectly symbolizes the village which is one of the most scenic village in Italy with glowing elegance. The Ferrari Portofino effortlessly converts from an authentic “berlinetta coupe” to a drop-top that delivers the characteristic Ferrari V8 sountrack for a superb driving pleasure. The newly designed retractable hard top opens and closes in a quick 14 seconds and can be done on the move at lower speed, making it one of the most practical day to day car.

Powered by a brand new V8 turbo engine derived from the engine family that won the International Engine of the Year Award in 2016 and 2017 consecutively, the new car boasts an ability to unleash a tremendous 600cv and sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.5 seconds. Due to the adoption of new components and the calibration of the engine management software, the power output is 40cv greater than that of the car’s predecessor, the California T. Coupled with the Portofino’s lighter weight means overall the result is a significant hike in performance and a corresponding drop in emissions.

“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 Chief Executive Officer, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Its vehicle dynamic characteristics have been completely revised and optimized. For the first time on this type of Ferrari model, a 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).

The integration of the EPS and the E-Diff3 reduces the steering ratio by 7% for more responsive steering without any trade-off in stability at high-speed driving. Thanks to the adoption of dual-coil technology, the magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E) 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 new car also focuses on on-board comfort and this is achieved by a slew of new features – a 10.2″ touchscreen infotainment system, a new air-conditioning system which improves the 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 highly appreciate the new wind deflector which can cut air flow inside the cabin by 30% and reduces aerodynamic noise in open-top driving.

Ferrari’s much-awaited Portofino is being introduced at the base price of RM948,000.00 (excluding duty and customization options).

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