Ferrari has chosen a particularly evocative moniker for this exceptionally versatile drop-top car, referencing one of Italy’s most beautiful towns. Portofino is renowned for its charming tourist port and, over the years, has become internationally synonymous with elegance, sportiness and understated luxury. The launch colour of the new Ferrari has also been dedicated to this marvellous town: Rosso Portofino.
Capable of unleashing a massive 600bhp and sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hard-top, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space, plus two rear seats suitable for short trips.
The Portofino’s all-new chassis features a significant weight saving over the California T it replaces. Thanks to the extensive use of modern production technologies, all the chassis and body-in-white components have been redesigned with a consequent reduction in weight despite an increase in torsional rigidity.
The renowned Ferrari turbo V8 now punches out 40bhp more than the California T’s power unit, thanks to the adoption of new components and specific calibration of the engine management software. The characteristic Ferrari V8 soundtrack has also been further enhanced and can be fully appreciated, particularly in top-down driving.
The Portofino’s vehicle dynamic characteristics have been completely revised and benefit from the introduction of new technological solutions.
The Ferrari Design Centre-penned Portofino is an aggressively styled car with a two-box fastback configuration, unprecedented in a coupe-convertible with a retractable hard-top, that adds extra sleekness to its silhouette, lending it a sportier character without impinging on its elegance and dynamism.
There was also a particular focus on board comfort which is guaranteed by a slew of new features, not least an infotainment system with 10.2-inch touchscreen display, a new air-conditioning system that improves occupant comfort both with the top up or down, a new steering wheel, 18-way electrically adjustable seats with a new backrest design that boosts legroom for rear seat passengers, and the passenger display.
All occupants will appreciate the new wind deflector which, when the top is dropped, cuts airflow inside the cabin by 30 percent and also reduces aerodynamic noise.
Read our review of the Ferrari California T with Handling Speciale package.