Naza Italia has officially introduced the Ferrari Portofino in Malaysia. The California replacement, first revealed in August last year, makes its local debut eight months after its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Named after a town in the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region, the drop-top measures in at 4,586 mm long, 1,938 mm wide and 1,318 mm tall, with a 2,670 mm-long wheelbase. The GT tips the scales at 1,664 kg, and has a 46% front/54% rear weight distribution.

Visually, the Portofino has been completely redesigned with new, sharper-looking sheet-metal – the front end’s grille and LED headlights, with its more horizontal design, is reminiscent of the GTC4Lusso. At the rear, the car features more widely-spaced round tail lights to reduce the visual bulk created by the high boot-lid, designed as such to accommodate the folding hardtop.

The retractable hard-top roof itself is all new – aside from having a sleeker design to give the Portofino a fastback look, it’s lighter than that on the California and can now be raised and lowered in 14 seconds on the move at low speeds.

The car – which sits on 20-inch wheels and 245/35 front and 285/35 rear profile rubbers – also adds a new red exterior shade called Rosso Portofino to its colour palette. The Malaysian launch car, a left-hand drive unit making its way around the region, was a silver example.

Inside, the cabin largely mirrors the interior styling of the GTC4Lusso – there’s a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system display as well as a secondary info screen on the dashboard console for the front passenger. Other fresh bits include a new three-spoke steering wheel as well as a new air-conditioning system, which the automaker says now offers better performance both with the roof up or down.

Attention has also been placed in improving ergonomics and comfort levels. There’s a new wind deflector, which reduces wind noise and cuts air flow inside the cabin by as much as 30% with the top dropped, and the backrests of the 18-way power-adjustable front seats have been redesigned to offer more legroom for rear occupants.

The Portofino is powered by a 3.9 litre Ferrari F154 BB twin-turbo V8. Previously seen on the California T, the mill has been given a number of revisions, including the introduction of new pistons and conrods as well as a redesigned intake and exhaust system. As a result, output has been bumped up, the unit now offering 600 hp at 7,500 rpm and 760 Nm of twist from 3,000 to 5,250 rpm.

Relevant figures for performance include a 0-100 km/h time of 3.5 seconds (0-200 km/h in 10.8 seconds) and a 320 km/h top speed. Fuel consumption has also been improved, the new car having a claimed consumption of 10.7 litres per 100 km on a combined cycle.

The mill is paired with a seven-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission, and electronic controls includes a third-generation electronic differential (E-Diff3), which is integrated into the F1-Trac system to improve mechanical grip and control at the limit.

The Portofino also introduces electric power steering, claimed to offer a seven percent faster steering ratio. Elsewhere, the SCM-E magnetorheological dampers have been uprated with the use of dual-coil technology, enhancing performance while improving bump absorption.

Naza Italia is introducing the Ferrari Portofino at a base price of RM948,000, excluding duty and customisation options. Deliveries are set to begin later this year.