A Ferrari is always spectacular, it is a safe buy, and this case is no exception, the Ferrari Portofino is a 2+2 two-seater with a coupe-like construction and retractable roof and is the successor to the very successful Ferrari California.
Filling the shoes left by the Ferrari California, the Portofino does its homework with extra points, where it stands out both for its aesthetics and its sound, another sign that Ferrari does not disappoint.
The Portofino leaves the Maranello factory and is tested by technicians along the roads of the Emilia-Romagna region, roads that seem to very romantically imbue its beauty on the body of this sports car. It is so appealing to everyone, whether you are an automotive enthusiast or not.
The Portofino is the model recommended for those who wish to have a first contact with Ferrari as it is the most comfortable and least aggressive model to drive.
Ferrari wanted to update its entry model to the brand and achieved it, with a finely crafted work that makes clear the intention of Ferrari to cover a new market segment curious to experience an Italian cabrio.
Reinforcing the luxury and style of the model, the Rosso Portofino, exclusive body color of this model suits it very well, enhances its curves and tension lines, and definitely attracts the eyes of whoever sees it.
A car that by deactivating the traction control will give you emotions very close to those of a much more expensive supercar, but that you can use daily to go to work or to go for a drive.
It is a machine very well achieved by the Italians that is worth testing thoroughly in any environment, after all driving a Ferrari is something that very few can or want to resist, an experience worth telling.
This grand tourer with coupe bodywork incorporates a 90-degree Biturbo V8 engine, with the same architecture as the one used in the Ferrari California, but its tuning has been revised by Ferrari’s team of engine engineers.
With the revisions Ferrari claims that it achieves 600 horsepower, and a displacement of 3.9 horsepower at 7500 revolutions per minute. It generates a total torque of 760 newton that is available between 3000 and 5250 revolutions per minute, giving a fairly wide power band.
The Euro6 homologated consumption is 10.4 liters per 100 kilometers, and total carbon dioxide emissions of 245 grams per kilometer, making it a very environmentally friendly V8. Ferrari added a feature called boost management, which makes the twin-turbo V8 feel like an aspirated engine, something Ferrari-loving purists will definitely appreciate.
The V8 Biturbo resonates through a harmonious twin cat back exhaust system, i.e. the catalytic converters are mounted near the tail of the car, which reduces exhaust restrictions, but also thanks to its high efficiency, emissions are controlled without affecting the glorious sound of the engine.
The twin-turbo is located in a front-center position because although it is at the front of the car it is slightly behind the front suspension, a superb solution to distribute the weight more harmoniously and make it more maneuverable in tight corners.
Transmission and equipment
The Portofino mounts a smooth 7-speed dual-clutch transmission already used by Ferrari in the previous model, the California, so the driving sensation in urban conditions is quite similar, but on the open road a slight difference can be felt since the company claims that the gearbox was revised.
The five-arm wheels that reveal its spectacular 390-millimeter ceramic brake discs and 6-piston calipers are covered by 245-millimeter tires at the front and 285-millimeter tires at the rear. It originally carries a Pirelli P Zero designed for this model.
The interior as Ferrari has accustomed us, is very finely crafted by hand by the craftsmen of Maranello, the dashboard has in the center the classic analog Ferrari tachometer, and is surrounded by two screens that show all the necessary information.
The vents are just the right size and provide just the right amount of air, with dual climate control, the Portofino is quite comfortable to drive on the road, and Ferrari is thankful that the air intakes do point where they should.
In the central part of the dashboard is the main screen of the entertainment and parking assistance system, which displays in high definition the images collected by the rear and front camera and debuts a new function that predicts the turning radius of the vehicle according to the angle of the steering wheel. It’s a pretty useful tool since no proud owner of his Ferrari wants to scratch it by parking it somewhere too tight.
The Portofino’s design is clearly influenced by its predecessor the California, which turned out to be the company’s best seller in the last decade. We would expect nothing less from the Ferrari design team led by Flavio Manzoni, a design legend with much renown in the industry.
The front line is very smooth and pleasing, if you will more refined than that of the California, but it also gives it that sporty muscle that makes it stand out, and if you wish that muscle can be complemented with a full carbon fiber package that gives it a high performance look.
This carbon package includes the front spoiler, the hood vents, the side lips, and the fully functional rear baffle, in which the company’s four huge titanium exhaust intakes are embedded.
The Portofino’s hard top, when closed, shows very Berlinetta proportions, with a roof that ends almost at the rear axle and can be stowed in less than 15 seconds, and driving at up to 40 kilometers per hour. When in place the Portofino offers a cargo space of 290 liters, ideal for the luggage needed for a comfortable ride.