Ferrari is set to introduce its newest entry-level model replacing California T. The replacement -- the new Ferrari Portofino which was named after an Italian village -- will be unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

California T, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2014, will be pulled out from production. It was the updated version of the Ferrari California which was introduced in the market in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show.

The all-new Ferrari Portofino

Ferrari’s newest new entry-level model, the new Ferrari Portofino is also a folding hard-top convertible.

It carries the same turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine like its predecessor but is powered by a 592bhp.

With an additional 40bhp compared to California T, Ferrari Portofino is said to reach 7500rpm according to UK-based website Autocar. It is also 3mph better and can accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds. Engineering improvements like the one-piece-cast exhaust header eliminate turbo lag providing optimal torque in every gear.

The Ferrari Portofino is built on an all-new chassis which is said to be significantly lighter than the California T though the specific weight is not yet revealed. However, the newest addition to Ferrari is said to have a weight distribution of 46/54 front to rear.

On overall dimensions, the new Ferrari model measures 16mm longer and 28mm wider but 4mm shorter.

The Portofino is said to feature Ferrari’s E-Diff 3 electronic rear differential and will be the first GT car with electric power steering, which can reduce the steering ratio rate by 7%. This latest Ferrari entry-level model also has dual-coil suspension with magneto-rheological damping for an improved response and driver/passenger comfort.

The aesthetics

The Ferrari Portofino has an all-new infotainment system and a new air conditioning system controlled on a 10.2-inch touchscreen. Packed with 18-way electrically adjustable seats, this provides spacious leg room compared to its predecessor.

The front of Ferrari Portofino took the overall shape of the California T except for the aggressive-looking front grille and LED headlights which were taken from the Ferrari 488 GTB.

The dynamics of the new wind deflector can cut in-cabin airflow by about 30 percent.

Ferrari is still silent as far as pricing goes. And though Portofino replaces California T as Ferrari’s newest entry-level model, many car experts and enthusiasts believe it won’t come cheap. The all-new Ferrari Portofino is expected to hit the market next year.

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