Ferrari has today revealed the Portofino, a new convertible model that is expected to replace the California T.
Featuring a retractable hard-top roof, the car is powered by a 592 bhp, V8 turbo, part of the engine family that was nominated International Engine of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, and which now punches out 40 bhp more than the California T’s power unit thanks to the adoption of new components and revisions carried out to the engine management software.
With a 46-54% front-to-rear weight distribution, Ferrari claims the new car manages 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of over 199 mph.
The car also becomes the first Ferrai GT model to feature electric power steering, which is further combined with the brand’s latest-generation “E-Diff 3″ electronic rear differential.
From a design perspective, the Portofino gets a two-box fastback configuration, with an aggressive looking front end that also incorporates a new full-LED headlight assembly with a more horizontal shape; the outside edge of the headlight further hides an air intake which vents into the front wheelarch and exits along the flank to reduce drag.
The rear, meanwhile, sees the tail lights set further apart than before in order to accommodate the folding roof.
On the inside there’s an overhauled infotainment system with a 10.2” touchscreen display, a new air-conditioning system, a new steering wheel, as well as 18-way electrically adjustable seats with a new backrest design.
An additional detail is the new wind deflector which, when the top is dropped, is claimed to cut air flow inside the cabin by 30% and also reduces aerodynamic noise.
The Portofino will make its official public debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.