Ferrari has unleashed the new Portofino convertible - its most affordable sports auto

2018 Ferrari Portofino

2018 Ferrari Portofino

But its styling is significantly less aggressive than Ferrari's other cars, indicating that it's the entry-level auto in the Italian firm's lineup. Engineering improvements like the one-piece-cast exhaust header eliminate turbo lag providing optimal torque in every gear.

The Ferrari Portofino will make its world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

The benchmark 0-62mph sprint will take 3.5 seconds, Ferrari says, but further details are scant beyond what we can see in the pictures.

The very idea of an "entry-level" Ferrari may be contradictory, but the new Ferrari Portofino is indeed the company's most affordable model.

The Ferrari Portofino uses an all-new aluminium chassis that is lighter than the one that underpins the California T. The new chassis despite the lower weight offers greater torsional rigidity due to new production techniques.

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The third generation electronic rear differential (E-Diff3) has been adopted and integrated with the F1-Trac - which is a first for an entry level Ferrari. The Portofino has rear-biased 46/54 weight distribution.

The Portofino also has the distinction of being the first GT auto in Ferrari's lineup to adopt electric power steering (EPS), while a third-generation electronic rear differential is included along with a suspension that incorporates magnetorheological damping system (say that five times fast).

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. Really, the Ferrari Portofino and California T are related only in the segment they serve.

Ferrari has given it full LED headlights, complex side air intakes which exit stylishly through the front wings, and a simple, classical set of circular rear tail lamps positioned much further apart to give the vehicle a more planted stance. There is also a newly designed steering wheel and front seats with revised backrests that are claimed to free up additional legroom for rear seat passenger. Height has decreased by 4mm with the Portofino's folding hardtop roof standing 1,318mm above the ground. A new wind deflector helps cut air flow inside the cabin by up to 30% for increased comfort when driving with the top down.

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