2018 Ferrari Portofino

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2018 MODEL

7.0

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Portofino is largely known for Castello Brown castle, fishing, and Italian cuisines, however, the thing which tops the list is the new Ferrari Portofino. It's the 4th Ferrari to be named after an Italian location. The Portofino wears its signature retractable hardtop but it is more than a girly Ferrari. The fine muscles on the hood add a zest of masculinity to this deliciously powerful Portofino.

Well, a gladiator without challenges would leave an empty arena. In the market, Ferrari Portofino stands with its sports stablemates ready to give them a run for their money. The terrifying trio of McLaren 570s Spider, Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, and Audi R8 Spyder gives a hard time to this entry-level Ferrari.


8.1/10
Features

 

5.6/10
Engine

 

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.6/10
Interior

 

5.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

With a sticker price of $210,783, the 2018 Ferrari Portofino is backed with a 3.9L 8-Cylinder engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The engine musters a crazy 582 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. Well, a gladiator without challenges would leave an empty arena. In the market, Ferrari Portofino stands with its sports stablemates ready to give them a run for their money. The terrifying trio of McLaren 570s Spider, Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, and Audi R8 Spyder gives a hard time to this entry-level Ferrari.

2018 Ferrari Portofino Features

8.1/10

The Portofino replaces the doughy California T to become the Ferrari’s new entry level car. While it’s called entry level there is nothing basic about this car. Its more throaty, drivable, and exudes the actual Ferrari persona which was missing from the California.

Ferrari offers one Portofino, with no inferior or superior trim You will buy this car as it is. Also, the buyer planning to shop a Portofino will be bombarded with choices, as you get quite a few of them. You get more than 2 dozen choices in exterior color, 6 options of rims, a dozen for interior color options with different picks for stitching and carpets, 2 choices of leather for seats and steering wheels. That’s a lot of homework just to buy a car.

Trim 2018 Ferrari Portofino
MSRP $210,783
Key Features
  • Automatic climate control 
  • Auxiliary audio input: Bluetooth, USB, jack, iPod/iPhone integration
  • Satellite Radio: SiriusXM Glass convertible rear window
  • Convertible roof: powered soft top, with wind blocker
  • 2 LCD Monitors in the Instrument Cluster
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter
  • 2 Door Curb/Courtesy and Illuminated Entry
  • Active charcoal air filtration
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Leather Center console trim

2018 Ferrari Portofino Engine

5.6/10

“And oh, boy, that engine. It wasn’t a weak point in the California T, and just to be sure it wouldn’t be here, Ferrari gave it an additional 39 horsepower and 4 lb-ft of torque. All 591 ponies hit at redline, marked in the Portofino at 7500 rpm”- Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

Away from the conventional California T, the Portofino is a testament to the Ferrari’s prancing horse badge. The car comes with an inimitable character, it is backed with a 3.9 L 8-cylinder engine paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The V8 can muster 593 hp of power and 560-pound-feet of torque. This power is channeled through a 7-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels of the car.

Though it comes with a similar powerplant as the California T’s, the Portofino can generate 32 more ponies than its predecessor. The dual clutch transmission produces smoother shifts. A fresh electronic rear differential along with the F1-Trac stability system handles the V8 power with ease. A variable boost management modulates the engine's prowess to produce torque.

Models Ferrari Portofino McLaren 570s Spider Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet Audi R8 Spyder V10
MSRP $210,783 $211,300 $203,000 $177,100
Engine 3.9L 8 cylinder 3.8L l8 3.8L l6 5.2L l10
Transmission 7-speed automatic manual 7-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 7-speed automatic
Horsepower 592 [email protected] 7500 RPM 562 hp @ 7500 rpm 580 hp @ 6750 rpm 540 hp @ 7800 rpm
Torque 560 lb-ft @5250 rpm 443 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm 516 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm 398 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm

Though all of these cars proudly wear the convertible hood, the Portofino does it the best. With the price falling on the higher side the Ferrari Portofino also delivers the most power. Other premium sports cars like the McLaren 570s, Porsche 911 Turbo, and Audi R8 Spyder give it a tough fight. The Porsche 911 turbo tries to catch up with its 580 hp of power but remained a tad back. The R8’s 540 hp of power sure is monstrous but not adequate to surpass the rivals.

Acceleration

Initially, the Portofino is a sweet burbler but as you are deep into the throttle the sound feels like a lion clearing its throat. However, we always see the lighting before hearing the sound. This car will dash off in your face leaving you dry at the middle of the road, thinking about what just happened, and we say the Ferrari Portofino happened. Reaching 60 mph from a standstill is just a matter of seconds. The Portofino’s thrilling 3.1-second acceleration will give you goosebumps as you are sucked into the windshield.

Models Ferrari Portofino McLaren 570s Spider Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet Audi R8 Spyder V10
0-60 MPH 3.1 3.2 2.6 sec 3.5
Quarter mile 10.9 11.0 10.6 sec 11.9
Engine 3.9 3.8 L 3.8 L 5.2 L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 11.7 6.6 8.4 10.4

Sprinting is something the Portofino is really good at but acceleration is not it’s the best suit. Other convertibles can easily give a neck to neck competition to this entry level Ferrari. The Porsche 911’s explosive acceleration is the best in the lot. It reaches a quarter of a mile in 10.6 seconds with the Portofino just a split second away. With its 12 second quarter mile performance, the Audi R8 was the last in this fatal four-way contest.

Ride and Handling

The gurgling roar of the V8 is music to any car enthusiast’s ears and it keeps getting better with the push of the pedal. As you hit the road, the feeling of tires hugging the tarmac can be clearly felt. Other than the fact that the Portofino is astonishingly quick, a lot of work went into its handling The normal steering system was replaced with an electronic one. You can expect a featherweight feel with razor shape handling for the Portofino.

It’s the first time that a Ferrari featured an electric steering, and come to think of it why didn’t they used it early? The drive modes alter all the vehicular senses of the car on a higher level as you glide through comfort and sport mode. The springs are 15.5% stiffer at the front and 19% stiffer at the rear. Still, with just a flick of a switch, the ride is composed in the comfort mode. In the sportier modes, the body control is enchanting and the car handles beautifully around corners part of which is also credited to the tweaks Ferrari has done to the chassis. 

Braking

You may hit the top speed of 198 mpg in a heartbeat but sooner or later you have to stop. No worries, the engineers at the Ferrari installed a fine 15-inch front and 14-inch rear discs in the Portofino. To control its intense speed and power, they constructed it with ceramic. The 3,399 pounds of weight on this Ferrari makes it is a considerably heavy car, but the breaking functions well for that much weight.

The car comes at a grinding halt for the speed of 60 mpg in 105 feet, not that intriguing but a serviceable number for this intense market.

Though all of these cars proudly wear the convertible hood, the Portofino does it the best. With the price falling on the higher side the Ferrari Portofino also delivers the most power. Other premium sports cars like the McLaren 570s, Porsche 911 Turbo, and Audi R8 Spyder give it a tough fight. The Porsche 911 turbo tries to catch up with its 580 hp of power but remained a tad back. The R8’s 540 hp of power sure is monstrous but not adequate to surpass the rivals.

Model Ferrari Portofino McLaren 570s Spider Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet Audi R8 Spyder V10
Brake Front (in.) 15.0 15.5 16.1 14.4
Brake Rear (in.) 14.0 15.0 15.4 14.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3,399 3,303 3,682 3,957
60-0 MPH (ft.) 105 105 98 103

No one is as quick as the Porsche 911 turbo, and no other car halts that quick as well. The car took 98 feet of tarmac to halt. The other 3 cars performed the same, the McLaren tied with the Ferrari on 105 feet while the R8 was just a tad away on 103 feet.

2018 Ferrari Portofino Fuel Economy

6.7/10

The small talks of saving fuel and calculating mileages are left for smaller classes of hatch and sedan. However, the Portofino in this Sports category didn't disappoint. This Ferrari generates a 23 MPG of highway and 16 MPG of city mileage. Combine it gives out a 19 MPG mileage which falls in the upper segment of the sports car.

Model Ferrari Portofino McLaren 570s Spider Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet Audi R8 Spyder V10
MPG (city) 16 19 19 14
MPG (highway) 23 23 24 25
MPG (combined) 19 16 21 18

Though the Portofino’s performance is impressive, other brands have already delivered more. The Porsche 911 Turbo is the most efficient car with its 21 mpg of combined mileage. The R8 falls a tad less than the Portofino, and the McLaren 570s is the least fuel-efficient car in this lot.

2018 Ferrari Portofino Interior

7.6/10

“While previous Ferrari interiors have had a somewhat clumsy design, the Portofino shows some smart improvements that should make it easier to operate. The thin front seats make more room for rear passengers, too”-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

As you scoop into the Portofino, you are greeted with knobs and buttons. You might not track the air conditioning vents until you turn it on, as they too resemble the nob design. Earlier, with the California T, there was no definite design for the entry-level Ferraris. But the Portofino says otherwise, you get a refined design with everything spread nicely and in the simplest way. The 3 drive mode switches will remind you of those drag race cars with Nos switches.

Model Ferrari Portofino McLaren 570s Spider Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet Audi R8 Spyder V10
Passenger capacity 4 2 4 2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)       38.5/55.1/-
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)        

The Ferrari’s intention of building a flawless Gran Touring machine is clearly visible from its cabin. There is a lot of comfort on the 18-way power adjustable front seats, but the back seats are capable just to harbor small children or handbags. There is no problem with the hard top on, but when you call it back, the cabin witnesses the bad side of speed. The roof takes 14 seconds in total to go on and off at the maximum speed of 40 mph.

Infotainment System

The 10.2-inch infotainment system is mounted in the middle of the dash. It’s a new infotainment setup, more user-friendly and intuitive to use. You get an additional 7-inch passenger display to encourage co-piloting as the driver hits the road. Also, one gets multicity of features with this standard setup, still necessary phone integration is partially successful with the absence of Android Auto. Other features include

  • Apple CarPaly
  • Climate Control System
  • HiFi Sound System

Interior Features

  • Passenger Display
  • Carbon Fiber Central Bridge
  • Carbon Fiber Driver Zone W/LEDS
  • Full Electric Seats
  • Leather Central Tunnel
  • Colored Standard Stitching
  • Colored Upper Dashboard
  • Alcantara Steering Wheel Arch
  • Climate Control

Cargo volume

Cargo space is not this Portofino’s forte, so don’t expect much. The 10.3 cubic feet of trunk space is enough to home a couple of suitcases and nothing more. Inside the cabin, you get the basic storage, a cup holder, side door pockets, and a cubby.

Model Ferrari Portofino McLaren 570s Spider Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet Audi R8 Spyder V10
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 10.3 5.3 5.7 4.0

The ill effects of roadster design are always endured by the cargo space, but this one manages fine. The Portofino’s 10.3 cubic feet of cargo volume is more than half of what competitors offer. The McLaren 540s and Porsche 911 again deliver a similar cargo volume, on the other hand, the Audi R8 delivers much less. This makes the Portofino the most practical sports car in this fatal 4-way.

2018 Ferrari Portofino Exterior

5.6/10

Dimensions and Weight

Looks are subjective but the Portofino’s design makes the California T look like an old car. The fine lines on the hood and the sides are not just for show, they all share a purpose. The minor air gap on the sides of the headlights are not a manufacturing defect but a cavity to cut air friction. Same goes for other muscles on the body. The sleek eyes and wider grill looks like the car is laughing its teeth out.

Technically the Portofino is the longest car in the lot, 180 inches to be precise. From ear to ear the car measures 51.9 inches in width and with the hard top on, you get the 51.9 inches in height. Quite sizeable for the low height sports cars.

Model Ferrari Portofino McLaren 570s Spider Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet Audi R8 Spyder V10
Curb weight (lbs.) 3,669 3,303 3,682 3,957
Length(in) 180.6 178.4 177.4 174.3
Width(in) 76.3 76.0 74.0 76.4
Height(in) 51.9 47.3 50.9 49.0
Ground clearance (in) 4.7 3.6 4.6 4.5
Wheelbase (in) 105.1 105.1 96.5 104.3
Track width (in) F/R 65.7/63.8 65.9/63.7 60.7/62.6 64.5/63.0

If we talk numbers the Portofino is the longest and the tallest sports car featuring a high ground clearance. On the other hand, the R8 is just inches behind which makes it the smallest car in the lot. The McLaren 570s and the Porsche 911 Turbo are built the same way. Considering the wheelbase the Porsche 911 Turbo is the shortest giving it better maneuverability than the other three with a similar measure of wheelbase.

Exterior Features

  • Carbon Fiber Rear Air Ducts
  • Front Grille W/Chromed Edges
  • Yellow Brake Calipers
  • Sport Exhaust Pipes
  • Adaptive Front Lighting System W/SBL Function
  • Carbon Fiber Front Spoiler
  • Heat-Insulating Windscreen
  • Interior
  • Seating and Comfort

2018 Ferrari Portofino Safety

The 2018 Ferrari Portofino is had not been crashing tested on the US home soil. Still, Ferrari was determined to make the Portofino a super safe car. The major safety features include F1-Trac stability control system, ABS Brakes with EBD, standard airbags and more.

Safety Features

  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • 2 Front Headrests
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • LED Headlamp
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control

2018 Ferrari Portofino Competition

Ferrari Portofino vs McLaren 570s Spider

The 570s is the Portofino’s entry-level McLarenized counterpart. Both brands offer a sweet deal on these cars. With the same powertrain, price, and performance, it’s literally a dogfight between the two. But someone has to win and Portofino is backed with the 30 more ponies. Despite the difference, the McLaren features a parallel 3-second acceleration.

It’s one tough choice, but the extra 30 ponies pulling the red Ferrari is always the better choice, it might feel a little favor-ish but truth holds no one can really resist a Ferrari.

Ferrari Portofino vs Porsche 911 Turbo S

The Porsche 911 Turbo S is the legend’s car. It’s 508 hp powerplant will give chills to any car enthusiast. However, the Ferrari can go the extra mile with its 592 horsepower. Furthermore, the Porsche 911 exceed the competition with its lightning quick acceleration, the Portofino can do nothing but envy. The 911 features the lowest cabin space, about half of what the Portofino delivers.

Overall, the Ferrari Portofino is more of a GT car and the Porsche 911 Turbo is the actual sports deal. The Porsche delivers a sweet deal by bringing more than the Ferrari's Portofino package.

Ferrari Portofino vs Audi R8 Spyder V10

The R8 is the plush sports car with everything right from a bolt to the 10-cylinder engine. With a sleek and sharp design and 540 horsepower, the car was bound for greatness. However, the latest challenger comes from the Ferrari stable, the Portofino outshines the R8 in almost every area. The only place where R8 makes a difference is the price.

A person blessed with that kind of money should not distract himself and go for the Portofino.

2018 Ferrari Portofino Final Verdict

It seems like the California T was introduced just to prepare the audience for the Portofino. You would need a hill of money to actually buy this car, but it’s worth the experience. Being the entry-level luxury you might not expect the high-end Ferrari vibe which was also absent from the California T, but that’s remotely true for the Portofino. The 8-Cylinder engine musters a lot of fireworks which easily felt while sprinting.

The engineers at Ferrari elevated its handling to the actual Ferrari game. The introduction of electronic rear differential and F1-track traction refines its handling even on the trickiest twisty. However, at the back of front seats, Ferrari gave a section with soft leather and proudly call it the rear seats. The only way those seats could be useful is if you seat children or leprechaun.

Overall, going with the Portofino you get a fine sports car at a competitive price, delivering everything from power to performance as one has expected.

Pros

Ample of personalization options

Monstrous acceleration

Intimidating looks

Cons

Absence of Android Auto

Lack of Active Safety Features

Low space on the rear seats

What's New?

The Ferrari Portofino is newly launched for the year 2018


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$210783

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

5

top speed

208 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

238 cu. in.

horsepower

592 hp @ 7500 rpm

torque

560 lb.-ft. @ 5250 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2 in./15.7 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

180.6 in.

width

76.2 in.

height

51.9 in.

curb weight

3669 lbs.

ground clearance

4.7 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/23 mpg

highway range

485.3 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Ferrari Portofino in Rosso Corsa color  2018 Ferrari Portofino in Bianco Avus color  2018 Ferrari Portofino in Giallo Modena color
Rosso Corsa

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Ratings

Features

8.1

Engine

5.6

Fuel Economy

6.7

Interior

7.6

Exterior

5.6

Driving

8.6

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Ferrari Portofino 2dr Convertible

2dr Convertible

power
592 hp @ 7500 rpm
fuel
N/A
mpg
18 combined

$210,783


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $210,783 MSRP (16/18/23) 592 hp @ 7500 rpm, 3.9 L, V8,
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7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA