Ferrari unveils the Portofino hard-top convertible

Posted August 24, 2017

The Portofino will make its physical debut in September at the Frankfurt International Motor show. With a base price of just over $200,000, it's the brand's entry-level model.

Ferrari vows this is a practical kind of GT, "with a roomy boot and generous cockpit space.' We'll know for sure in a few days" time when we see it at the motor show. Engineering improvements like the one-piece-cast exhaust header eliminate turbo lag providing optimal torque in every gear.

With a maximum power output of 600 cv, it can sprint from 0 to 100 km per hour in 3.5 seconds, Ferrari added. Even the name, says Ferrari, is supposed to evoke luxury, Portofino being a charming coastal town in Italy.

Under the bonnet sits a 3.9-litre turbocharge V8 engine from the 488 supercar, says AutoExpress, which produces 592bhp - around 40bhp more than the old California T. Ferrari has achieved this boost in performance by fitting "new pistons, con-rods and a redesigned intake system".

Despite all that extra grunt Ferrari claims it's the chassis that's received most changes, with promises of significant weight savings (the California weighed over 1.6-tonnes) and rear-biased 46:54 weight distribution.

The Ferrari Portofino has an all-new infotainment system and a new air conditioning system controlled on a 10.2-inch touchscreen. The magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E) has been updated too, for better dynamic ability and improved ride quality. Packed with 18-way electrically adjustable seats, this provides spacious leg room compared to its predecessor.

Much of the Portofino's styling comes from the 812 Superfast grand tourer and the GTC4 Lusso shooting brake, including the thin headlight design and wide front grille. The Portofino also has a new steering wheel, redesigned 18-way adjustable front seats, and a new wind deflector that reduces cabin noise and lets 30% less airflow into the vehicle.

Ferrari is still silent as far as pricing goes.

The Ferrari Portofino with an 8-cylinder engine will replace the California T. The vehicle will make its debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, the company said. Really, the Ferrari Portofino and California T are related only in the segment they serve.