RE: Novitec Ferrari Portofino gets 684hp

RE: Novitec Ferrari Portofino gets 684hp

Thursday 28th March

Novitec Ferrari Portofino gets 684hp

Portofino not a proper Ferrari? Novitec might have a solution...



While opening up the brand to a new audience, it's probably fair to say that various California and Portofino models haven't appealed as much to the traditional Ferrari fans. Still, more power and more aggressive dynamics can surely only help that image, so that's exactly what Novitec has done.

Described as a "refinement range for the Ferrari Portofino", the Novitec power upgrades come in three different levels. The most powerful of those - because that's the one that's most important - boosts the 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 to 684hp to 642lb ft, meaning 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed nudged just beyond 200mph from the standard 199. Given this was a 600hp Ferrari before, expect performance to be suitably naughty - Novitec modestly describes the improvement as "not only evident in the further improved acceleration and increased top speed, but also in an even more instantaneous throttle response and even more powerful in-gear acceleration."


There are additional tweaks to help the Portofino to keep tabs on those vastly increased outputs. So a few carbon aero bits are there to improve the downforce, but also a 35mm suspension drop and a new range of forged wheels. Novitec reckons that the changes have made "the car's agile handling even more instantaneous and give(n) it an even more thrilling appearance"; while we can't vouch for the former, the latter we'd certainly agree with. Is that something that shouldn't be admitted to? But with more purpose and aggression to the stance, this is perhaps the best-looking Portofino yet. And they will put a nose lift in for you too, to protect that carbon splitter.

This being a tuner special, Novitec will also tailor the Portofino interior any way that takes your fancy. Again, without making it sound like a Novitec promotion, this spec looks pretty spot on - showy, yes, but with the attitude to back it up. There are no prices for the upgrades yet, though we'd set aside a good few thousands on top of the Β£166,180 base price. Still, looks like it might be worth the investment...







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big_rob_sydney

Original Poster:

2,358 posts

139 months

Thursday 28th March
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Yeah, I don't know...

Ferrari spend quite a lot of money building their cars to a respectable level, and then a much smaller company comes along and... does it better?

I do get the idea behind global markets, manufacturer tuning for a cross section of fuels / environments, etc, keeping tolerances with respect to warranty, and so on.

But I personally wouldn't go down this path myself.

cypriot

274 posts

44 months

Thursday 28th March
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Whilst I agree with you on the whole (especially regarding the styling of cars!) big brands position their cars very deliberately, and this is where a tuner can step in and unlock the cars true potential... For example, this Porto is the entry ferrari, and so ferrari has obviously detuned its engine to not come close to a 488. A tuner can sort that out for you. Its a bit like mclarens. A 570s has the same engine, gearbox etc as the 650s, but detuned engine to keep the 650s as the faster car. So a tuner could unlock that potential for you.

raceboy

11,982 posts

225 months

Thursday 28th March
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I'd be concerned how it affects the Ferrari 4 year warranty and 7 year servicing plan? scratchchin

Carl_Manchester

5,344 posts

207 months

Thursday 28th March
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big_rob_sydney said:
Yeah, I don't know...

Ferrari spend quite a lot of money building their cars to a respectable level, and then a much smaller company comes along and... does it better?

I do get the idea behind global markets, manufacturer tuning for a cross section of fuels / environments, etc, keeping tolerances with respect to warranty, and so on.

But I personally wouldn't go down this path myself.
Yeah I tend to agree with you, tuners tend to bin things like heat soak, lag, fuel economy, emissions and clutch wear so it won't instantly melt on the track.

Ferrari's out of the box setup probably prioritises these things above the tuners and i suppose it depends on the habitat it is driven in. As much as i like OEM setups you can't really argue that a near 700hp rear wheel drive car which won't be used on track or driven very hard is laughably ridiculous.

I think 400hp is more than enough in this car but I can see the appeal of this upgrade and it has fairly tasteful wheel/body additions too - for a tuner.

427steve

2 posts

10 months

Thursday 28th March
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And with speed limiters being fitted to all new cars soon what's the point?

raceboy

11,982 posts

225 months

Thursday 28th March
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427steve said:
And with speed limiters being fitted to all new cars soon what's the point?
Surely that exactly the point, the tuners will be able to remove the speed limiting software. wink

fblm

16,598 posts

208 months

Thursday 28th March
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big_rob_sydney said:
Yeah, I don't know...

Ferrari spend quite a lot of money building their cars to a respectable level, and then a much smaller company comes along and... does it better?

...
Yep. That's the idea. biggrin




ManyMotors

23 posts

43 months

Thursday 28th March
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The Portofino is very much a Ferrari! Read more reviews of the car and you'll find out, PH. Let's dispense with the dumb elitism or you'll find yourself shunned by the rest of the World. Oh - maybe Terry May is doing that for you.

garystoybox

241 posts

62 months

Thursday 28th March
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427steve said:
And with speed limiters being fitted to all new cars soon what's the point?
Oh dear me..... I fear we are going to get this naff comment on every new car launch!

GranCab

1,542 posts

91 months

Thursday 28th March
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New cars from 2022 ... that's about 3 years away last time I checked ...

Pumpsmynads

104 posts

101 months

Thursday 28th March
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garystoybox said:
427steve said:
And with speed limiters being fitted to all new cars soon what's the point?
Oh dear me..... I fear we are going to get this naff comment on every new car launch!
Agreed. Another box to tick in PH bingo. My favourite one being, “It looks like an iPad stuck on the dash.”

wc98

9,251 posts

85 months

Thursday 28th March
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fblm said:
Yep. That's the idea. biggrin

eek is that yours ? must be fairly exciting with that amount of power biggrin

Chestrockwell

1,869 posts

102 months

Thursday 28th March
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Pumpsmynads said:
Agreed. Another box to tick in PH bingo. My favourite one being, “It looks like an iPad stuck on the dash.”
We’ve only just stopped seeing the ‘mapped Golf R & 335d’ comments as well, oh well, can’t have it all!

fblm

16,598 posts

208 months

Friday 29th March
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wc98 said:
eek is that yours ? must be fairly exciting with that amount of power biggrin
Yep. It's quite brisk. smile

Galsia

1,953 posts

135 months

Friday 29th March
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Novitec: the equivalent of pulling out a smegma-covered cock and wiping it on a work of art.

SydneySE

388 posts

205 months

Saturday 30th March
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427steve said:
And with speed limiters being fitted to all new cars soon what's the point?
they will be software based, so like the power hike, tuners will be able to delimit the car, just like they do now with the 155MPH speed limit of some German cars and the 160km/hr limit of some japanses cars...

Car tuning is already mostly software based, and will only be more so as EVs become more popular...circuits and software are easy to hack... In Australia for many years truck had tachographs fitted to limit and record speed... and I've still been passed by semi-trailers...

enthusiasts will always tune.... even a Tesla in "ludicrous" mode can be made faster.....

VanquishRider

255 posts

97 months

Monday 1st April
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Why is the top speed so low? Just nudging past 200MPH with nearly 700HP seems odd to me. Similar cars with just of over 500HP seem to be able to crack 200MPH so why is this so far behind?

Agent57

509 posts

99 months

Monday 1st April
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Looks like a Corvette to me....

MX6

4,086 posts

158 months

Tuesday 2nd April
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Looks great. Although I'm not much of a fan of white cars, the Portofino is a very fine looking machine and significantly more appealing than the California. Plus a Ferrari chassis and loads of power, what's not to like? As a sports car that also doubles as a boulevard cruiser it seems to have all the boxes ticked.

ZX10R NIN

15,095 posts

70 months

Tuesday 2nd April
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Now that looks really good maybe leave the power upgrades until after the warranty runs out but the suspension/wheel/bodywork upgrades would be going on straight away it looks much better than the standard car.