California replacement's more efficient use of materials has set a precedent for the structures of its upcoming siblings
13 October 2017

The new Ferrari Portofino may seem like no more than a California replacement, but the engineering of it will affect the way all mainstream Ferraris are likely to be built.

Although, like other Ferraris, the Portofino sits on an aluminium structure, the brand has made a big effort to cut down on the number of parts used – to not only reduce complexity, but to also aid stiffness and reduce weight.

Ferrari Portofino revealed 

The best example of this new process is the A-pillar, the component count of which has been reduced from 21 in the California to just two in the Portofino.

The number of parts used to make up the chassis has fallen by 40%, while the chassis rigidity has improved by 35%. Overall, the weight of the new car has been reduced by 80kg.

Ferrari technology chief Michael Leiters confirmed to Autocar that “the technology will also be carried over for use in future models”, suggesting that further savings in weight and component count can be made across the board.

Ferrari is focused on losing every scrap of mass it canbecause it knows how much weight will be added when hybrid technology is used for the first time in one of its mainstream production models. The replacement for the 488 GTB is likely to be the first such car.

The hybrid system used in the LaFerrari added approximately 200kg to its kerb weight. It is Leiters’ hope that at least half of that can be countered by such chassis integration techniques, as well as more intelligent and strategic use of construction materials.

Related stories: 

Ferrari California T review 

Ferrari LaFerrari review 

Ferrari raises car prices by up to 7% for 2018

Our Verdict

Ferrari California T

Improved version of Ferrari's drop-top GT gets a 552bhp twin-turbocharged V8 but light steering curtails its outright driver appeal

Join the debate


13 October 2017

"reduced by 80kg." the California was known to be lardy arse so putting it's replacement on an such an expensive and thorough weight saving program with a resulting 80kg saving can only be viewed as a failure (around a 3% saving?), your average driver wouldn't notice.

Ferrari you need to do better, speak to Mclaren. 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

14 October 2017
xxxx wrote:

Ferrari you need to do better, speak to Mclaren. 

About what.....using Honda or Renault engines?!

This is a '4' seater tourer with a hard folding roof.....when did McLaren make one?!

If u wanted a ligt weight Ferrari buy a 488!


Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Ford Mustang
    First Drive
    24 March 2018
    Sixth-generation Mustang gets a leaner face, revised suspension, improved safety equipment and a more power V8. We see how it fares on southern French roads
  • First Drive
    23 March 2018
    Fully-loaded, big-hitting diesel CLS shows the potential perils of ticking too many options boxes on your order form. A good car with a bad suspension combination.
  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim