The Portofino’s turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 has been comprehensively reworked; result is an additional 40HP, bringing maximum power up to 600HP and delivering a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds. The exhaust note has been tuned for extra enjoyment, especially when the hood’s down. To reduce turbo lag to minimal levels and sharpen throttle response, Ferrari’s engineers have designed a new one-piece exhaust manifold. Add in an all-new chassis that’s both lighter and more rigid than the California T, and you have an ‘entry level’ Ferrari (such terms are relative) that’s noticeably faster, keener to turn and more rewarding on track, closing the gap on the mid-engined 488 GTB.
The new Portofino also boasts the latest version of Ferrari’s electronically controlled limited slip differential, called E-Diff3. This is integrated with the company’s F1-Trac system, improving mechanical grip and the driver’s control at the limit. The magnetorheological adaptive-damping system has also been revised and steering is now electrically-assisted.
The California T won a lot of fans for its style, civility and performance, and it’s a measure of Ferrari’s achievement with the new Portofino that it betters its predecessor in every respect. It’s arguably the most versatile of Prancing Horses; a suave beautiful convertible that’s also a true supercar coupé.