Ferrari Portofino Offers The Full-On Prancing Horse Experience

This is not your typical review. Then again, this is not the typical car either. It’s the the Portofino, Maranello’s cheapest most affordable model on sale and the very first step to (new) Ferrari ownership.

Replacing the not-so-greatly received California T, the Portofino is heavily overhauled and improved in everything, from performance to weight, looks, technology and so on and so forth. And it does so thanks to a stiffer chassis, 176 pounds (80 kg) less fat to carry around and a 3.9-liter, twin-turbo V8 that delivers a healthy 592 hp (600 PS / 441 kW) and 561 lb-ft (760 Nm) of torque mounted up front.

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Performance is worthy of the Ferrari name. Naught to 62 (0-100 km/h) is hit in 3.5 seconds and top speed exceeds 199 mph (320 km/h). The response is very sharp though, according to Kelley Blue Book, the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is not always great. You also don’t get much of a feedback from the electronically-controlled steering, but you will feel safe and comfortable inside, once you get used to some not-so-ordinary buttons and knobs.

The Prancing Horse logos, great build quality and the ability to go like crazy make it a very expensive hairdryer, with the Italian company asking at least $210,000 for the privilege of having it in your garage.

Then you have to decide what options you need want (we’re pretty sure there’s no modern Ferrari without any extras out there), but pay attention to this, because the carbon fiber cup holder alone costs $2,531, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration adds another $4,219, and the surround cameras will set you back for $6,075.

Should you buy one? Well, if you have in excess of $200k to blow on a car, you’re not only spoiled for choice, but you’re most likely not a stranger to he delightful world of 21st century supercars. Plus, you can call it entry-level as much as you want, yet at the end of the day, you’ll be “the guy(gal) with the Ferrari in the driveway. Just make sure you order the wing shields (yes, they are extras an all Fezzas) – and, of course, the carbon cup holder. You don’t want to spill your latte on the plush carpet, do you?


  • Astonman

    So this or the DB11?

    • Finkployd

      LC500 for me plz

      • Astonman

        Beautiful car for about $100K less…

    • Belthronding

      i would consider db11 as gtc4lusso competitor.
      portofino seems to be vantage rival.

      • Astonman

        Interesting take. I see the price point of the two being more similar. You’re looking at probably the back seat of the DB11 to the Lusso?

  • Johnny Edwards

    I love this car!

  • Porkopolis

    Should you buy one? Well, if you like Ferraris, then this the ticket you buy in order to have the opportunity for Ferrari to sell you more Ferraris.

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