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

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

The California T's replacement is (almost) here, and it's called the Ferrari Portofino.

Ferrari Portofino - side view with roof closed. A new engine map along with new pistons, connecting rods, intake and exhaust account for the boost. The Portofino should handle well too, thanks to Ferrari's third-generation electronic rear differential integrated with F1-Trac, the traction control system that's there "to give even less expert drivers the confidence to really make the most of their car's potential". However, the newest addition to Ferrari is said to have a weight distribution of 46/54 front to rear. The front end of the vehicle is more aggressive with 488 GTB inspired LED headlights, while angled cuts and lines sculpt the car's sides and a new rear diffuser and taillight setup is spotted at the back.

Ferrari also claims the Portofino's new chassis resulted in "a consequent reduction in weight despite an increase in torsional rigidity", though the automaker doesn't specify the new car's weight.

Ferrari's 70th-anniversary year continues apace with the announcement of its latest model: the Portofino.

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According to Ferrari, the Portofino can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of more than 199 miles per hour.

This latest Ferrari entry-level model also has dual-coil suspension with magneto-rheological damping for an improved response and driver/passenger comfort. Instead, the new drop-top's looks are a collaboration between Ferrari's in-house design and aerodynamics teams.

Purists may be upset to read the Ferrari Portofino also moves to electric power steering, but the marque promises it's for the better.

The auto is destined for a full reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, after which we'll be able to tell you more. With tail lights spaced at a greater distance than similar models before it, the Portofino has an overall posterior presence crafted to emphasize the car's athletic stance and distract from the retractable hardtop roof's storage compartment. The in-house-penned design takes after the company's other two front-engined supercars, the aforementioned 812 Superfast and the GTC4Lusso; the headlights are stretched into a familiar swoosh, while the air that flows in through the intakes hidden alongside them exits through the deep-set channels behind the front wheels, helping to reduce drag.


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