Mysterious Ferrari Portofino Caught Dipped In Camouflage
30 years after the concept of the Chrysler Lamborghini Portofino, Ferrari replaced the California T with a hardtop convertible named after the same village in Italy. Looks like Maranello’s pals are eager to give the grand tourer 2 + 2 a brushstroke judging by our own spy shots. (below) and this new video (above) courtesy of Varryx sure Youtube.
What leaves us most perplexed is the generous use of camouflage on a prototype that appears to be virtually identical to the current Portofino. It has to hide something we can’t see due to the black and white makeup, but we’ll just have to wait patiently for Ferrari to remove the body wrap to reveal the updated metal.
An educated guess would be for Ferrari to test the 2021 Portofino which appeared about a month ago in EPA documents. It revealed a possible increase in power for the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8, increasing the power from the current 591 horsepower to 612 horsepower corresponding to the Roma. The additional 21 prancing horsepower could be paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission – also in the Roma – replacing the existing seven-speed DCT.
With a bit more horsepower and an upgraded gearbox, the 2021 Ferrari Portofino could be a bit faster in the 0-100 km / h (0-62 mph) run than the current version. As a reminder, the model available today accomplishes the task in three and a half seconds and requires 10.8 seconds to sprint 0-124 mph (0-200 km / h) before overtaking at over 199 mph (320 km / h). h).
Since the EPA lists the updated Portofino as a 2021 model year, that means Ferrari will introduce the revised cabrio in the following months. 2020 has not been a good year for the Italian brand as the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on sales, with deliveries in the first six months falling 22% from 2019 to 4,127 cars.
The second quarter of this year was terrible in terms of sales, with deliveries halved from Q2 2019, with Ferrari moving just 1,389 units. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the company still plans to introduce two new models later this year, possibly the SF90 Stradale Spider and the hardcore 812.