Ferrari unveils its sexy new Portofino drop

Pablo Tucker
August 23, 2017

The new Ferrari Portofino is here, replacing the California T. It's the V8-powered coupe-convertible destined to make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show.

Boasting an all-new chassis, the Portofino promises to be much sportier than the vehicle company chairman Sergio Marchionne once suggested wasn't a real Ferrari.

It's set to be shown at Frankfurt next month; pricing hasn't been announced, but since this is Ferrari's entry-level model, how bad could it be, right? After nine years in production, Ferrari is ditching its entry-level drop-top boulevard cruiser in favour of a model it claims is completely new from the ground up save for the powerplant which, though retuned to output a very impressive 600hp, is derived from the V8 twin-turbo that now powers the California.

Ferrari claims that all aspects of the twin-turbo V8's efficiency have been honed with the adoption of new pistons and a new intake system design.

Ferrari's 70th-anniversary year continues apace with the announcement of its latest model: the Portofino. The geometries throughout the exhaust system have also been revolutionised. This all is enough for the Portofino to do the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.5 seconds, topping out at around 320km/h.

Ferrari says the Portofino, named after an Italian village, is built around an all-new chassis that is significantly lighter than the California T's, but with greater torsional rigidity due to new production techniques. This is the first Ferrari to pair its third-generation E-Diff with its F1-Trac traction control system, allowing the automaker to implement an extra-quick version of its new electric steering rack without sacrificing stability.

The tail design underlines the car's sporty stance which has been further enhanced by placing the tail lights futher apart. A huge improvement over the California T. Resemblances to the 812 Superfast, such as the front end styling, full-LED headlights, and overall aerodynamic body elements, is evident.

Its interior has been given the benefit of Ferrari's latest technology, too, with a 10.2-inch touchscreen, a new air-conditioning system, a new steering wheel and increased legroom for rear-seat passengers. The situation improved with the Cali T, adding some turbo'd torque to help with relaxed cruising, and the more focused Handling Speciale, but you can't imagine many will mourn its demise.

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