Ferrari has unleashed the new Portofino convertible - its most affordable sports vehicle

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The new name, Portofino, refers to a resort town on the coast of the Italian province of Genoa. Pricing for the Portofino will be announced in Frankfurt but it's expected to be similar to the California's, which is about $203,000. The 90° V8 engine has been heavily revised and now features revised pistons and con rods along with a new intake system design and a single piece exhaust system.

The Portofino will feature Ferrari's E-Diff 3 electronic rear differential and is the first GT vehicle in Ferrari's range to come with electric power steering, which the company claims has enabled it to reduce the steering ratio rate by 7% without any hindrance to stability.

There's a host of updates on the inside, too, as the website says Ferrari has tweaked the air conditioning and improved the ergonomics of the cabin. The new front end treatment and air intakes are created to improve the Portofino's overall aerodynamic efficiency.

Performance has also been polished with a new chassis and componentry that contribute to considerable weight savings compared to the California T, while at the same time providing greater torsional rigidity.

Ferrari has pulled the wraps off its new Portofino - the replacement for the convertible California T.

Ferrari Portofino
Ferrari

The benchmark 0-62mph sprint will take 3.5 seconds, Ferrari says, but further details are scant beyond what we can see in the pictures.

The magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E) has been uprated with dual-coil technology which helps reduce roll while simultaneously improving absorption of road surface unevenness.
Instead, the new drop-top's looks are a collaboration between Ferrari's in-house design and aerodynamics teams.

At 4586mm in length, 1938mm in width and 1318mm in height, the Portofino is 16mm longer, 28mm wider and 4mm lower than the California T. A large touchscreen infotainment system sits at the top of the centre console, while the steering wheel appears to have come from the 812 Superfast.

Dressed in a shade of red dubbed Rosso Portofino, the Ferrari Portofino will make its world premiere in September at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, where additional details will be made available.

The Portofino uses a folding hardtop roof to protect occupants from the elements.

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