New Ferrari Portofino Is A Refined Missile For Daily Commutes

The brand new Portofino ticks a hell lot of boxes, if you consider what the Italians wanted to create in the first place.

The role of the entry-level Ferrari was always going to be that of a much friendlier sports car, and the commercial success of the California showed that the Italians’ strategy was spot on.

Based on a brand new platform, the Ferrari Portofino claims that it got better at providing more usability and comfort than its predecessor, but now punches way harder when your right foot hits the throttle pedal.

Under the front bonnet lies a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8, like its predecessor, the California T, only now makes 592hp (600PS) and 560lb-ft (759Nm) of peak torque, so no one can say the new baby Ferrari lacks performance.

Combined with the stiffer and lighter (by 80kg/176lbs) structure, the new Portofino is now capable of doing the 0-62mph (0-100km/h) sprint in 3.5 seconds and hitting 199mph (320km/h) flat out.

These are some really serious numbers for what is a usable 2+2 GT with a folding metal roof, but then again, this is a new Ferrari we’re talking about. It might not be as dynamically capable as its bigger siblings, but then it never was meant to be.

Auto Express delivers their first driving impressions of the all-new Portofino, so let’s find out what they have to say.

  • john1168

    I LIKE IT!!! I always liked the California before this one too.

  • ErnieB

    This is what I need to fit the kids in.. perfect! Now to come up with the money? Hmmm yeah.. I’ll wait a little:/

  • 0.56sec “Quick, with a capital F” um what

    • Finkployd

      F-ing quick

  • Bash

    I don’t like it… I love it!

  • Bo Hanan

    I wish Ferrari’s looked better. These days they are ugly cars. Not even striking anymore.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      i wish i would not agreed with your statement but.. apart from mid engined v8 ferraris and this,i can’t be fan of ferraris any more.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    how come people are underestimating it just because it is front engined and detuned v8,man this does not mean any thing but prejudice. it is still v8 hard top ferrari and keeping it cool.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    how come people are underestimating it just because it is front engined and detuned v8,man this does not mean any thing but prejudice. it is still v8 hard top ferrari and keeping it cool.

  • Bob

    Steve Sutcliffe… *snore

  • frankfan42

    Great video, he is articulate, and puts the focus of the car. Love that dash display, that is really the interface for the whole car with the new “Digital generation” and his insights are deep and ring true. Gee, I found my new car if I ever hit the lottery!

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