Portofino is an Italian holiday resort, where colorful buildings crowd around a picturesque harbor. It’s also an Italian fine dining establishment in Crystal City, just outside Washington D.C. Both have reputations for entertaining upscale clientele, but then again, so does Ferrari, who just unveiled their own Portofino.
The California T replacement looks a lot like a junior 812 Superfast, which is a really good thing. Ferrari also focused a lot of attention on the inside, integrating a 10.2-inch touchscreen display, 18-way adjustable seats with a backrest design that boosts legroom for backseat passengers, and a new air conditioning system.
Powered by Ferrari’s V8 turbo, an engine nominated for International Engine of the Year in 2016 and 2017, the Portofino can blaze to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Horsepower rises 40 ponies over the California T’s to 591. The Portofino is the first Ferrari GT fitted with electric power steering. This allowed engineers to reduce the steering ratio by 7 percent. It doesn’t sound like much, but steering is much more responsive. Stability was also improved with the introduction of E-Diff3, Ferrari’s third generation electronic rear differential.
The Portofino becomes Ferrari’s new entry level vehicle. Expect a starting price around $200,000. The wraps officially come off at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.