VIDEO: Wraps come off Ferrari Portofino

September 13 2017, 9.47amUpdated: September 13 2017, 10.40am

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

Named after the famous Italian tourist port, the Portofino is powered by Ferrari’s 3.9-litre turbocharged V8, which now produces 592bhp and 760Nm of torque. This represents an increase of 32bhp and 5Nm of torque over the outgoing California T.

This boost in performance enables the Portofino to complete the benchmark dash from 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds, before hitting a top speed or more than 199mph.

The Portofino is based on a new chassis, which Ferrari claims features a significant weight saving compared with the California T, although this exact figure has not been revealed. Torsional rigidity has also been improved.

Ferrari claims the “extensive use of modern production technologies” has allowed the gains in rigidity and the loss in weight.

The new Portofino also benefits from the introduction of Ferrari’s third-generation electronic rear differential (E-Diff3), improving mechanical grip and control on the limit.

Styling-wise, it has been brought in line with Ferrari’s other GT cars, with a front end that references the new 812 Superfast. Overall, the new hard-top convertible features far more aggressive looks than the car it replaces.

The cabin has also been treated to upgrades, with Ferrari adding a new 10.2-inch touchscreen display and an air conditioning system designed to improve comfort with the roof in place or folded away. A new wind deflector cuts air flow in the cabin by 30 per cent when the roof is open, reducing buffeting when travelling at speed.

The new Ferrari Portofino will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which runs from September 14-24.

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