Ferrari's new Portofino: take a first look at the latest model

New Ferrari Portofino Is Maranello's Beautiful Drop Top GT

Ferrari has a new entry-level model. The engine develops 600 HP and 800 Nm of torque.

Ferrari is yet to reveal Australian pricing for the Portofino, which succeeds the $409,888 California T, though it plans to release further information when the new convertible makes its debut at the Frankfurt motor show. According to Ferrari, the vehicle can clock maximum speeds of over 320 km per hour and can sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.5 seconds.

This is the new Ferrari Portofino, the firm's new entry-level model that replaces the California T. Just as on the more expensive models in Ferrari's range, the e-diff in the Portofino communicates with the stability control system, called F1-Trac and the magnetorheological dampers so there's a consistency to the way the auto reacts. It's a Ferrari with a very specific goal, capturing conquest buyers new to the brand - and a higher proportion of women than for its sports cars.

Aesthetically, the Portofino is a lot better looking than the California T, clearly taking design inspiration from other Ferrari models including the GTC4Lusso and 812 Superfast.

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Another exciting development is that the Portofino will benefit from Ferrari's E-Diff3, an electronic limited slip differential that can actively distribute torque to either of the rear wheels as it sees fit. Like a lot of high-end performance cars the Portofino has vents between the front bumper and front wheel arches, which are created to cut drag and improve air flow. Ferrari claims a 0-60 miles per hour time of around 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 198 miles per hour.

So what's changed? The chassis for a start, described by Ferrari as offering a "significant weight saving" over the Cali, with an increase in torsional rigidity too. The front end features a large grille and headlamps borrowed from the 488 but with black surrounds at the edges of which lie vents that channel air into the front wheel arches. However, when you're willing to enjoy the elements, the new wind deflector helps reduce air flow inside the cabin by a massive 30 percent.

The two-plus-two interior receives a dashboard similar in style to that used by its predecessor but with a new touch sensitive 10.2 inch infotainment display.

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