Ferrari unveils new 200 miles per hour convertible

Dora Pope
August 24, 2017

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The Ferrari Portofino will be showcased at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Ferrari says the Portofino will hit 62 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds, pressing along to a top speed of 199 miles per hour. Fast forward (or downshift) almost a decade, and the luxury carmaker has unveiled the Ferrari Portofino, its new entry level model that will replace the California.

Following the California's pioneering layout, the Portofino is again a 2+2 coupe-convertible deploying a folding hard top and a twin-clutch transmission. There's the third-generation of the brand's e-diff, which is created to maximise traction and grip through corners, while electric power steering is claimed to cut fuel consumption yet not rob feel at the wheel.

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

The Portofino, just like the California, has a set of small rear seats, but thanks to newly designed front seats there's greater legroom for rear passengers. The Ferrari Portofino is also the first GT in the range to be fitted with electric power steering. Because the V8 sits behind the front axle, the Portofino's weight distribution is 46/54 percent front/rear.

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Say "goodbye" to the Ferrari California and "hello" to the Ferrari Portofino.

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

Note also the aero management of the Portofino: without recourse to ugly spoilers or wings, Ferrari says it has reduced drag and improved aerodynamics through careful body sculpting and channeling of the passing airstream.

By nature, Ferraris are tail-happy animals and Maranello wants to ensure the Portofino allows its driver to fully harness all that muscle. Ferrari says designers and aerodynamicists enlarged the front grille opening, now stretching along the width of the vehicle, and designed the full-LED headlamps with leading edges that act like air intakes.

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. A new wind deflector will calm the airflow inside the cabin when the top is down.

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