Ferrari Portofino is the replacement for the long-running Ferrari California T convertible. More powerful, lighter and stiffer than its predecessor the Portofino features a turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 producing 600 horsepower (445 kW).

Though it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds the sleek Portofino is aimed at the grand tourer market rather than being an out-and-out sports machine.


With seating for four, though the two in the back will ideally be on the small and tolerant side, the big Ferrari convertible has a folding hardtop that can be opened or closed in just 14 seconds. Just the thing for wandering along the Italian Riviera to the pretty port town of Portofino for a fine lunch topped off with a real Italian coffee…

Ferrari tells us the Portofino’s engine “continues Ferrari’s zero turbo lag tradition, with instantaneous throttle response in under 1 second.” We’re not sure that ‘under one second’ and ‘instantaneous’ are synonyms!

Portofino will make its debut in Australia in the first quarter of 2018, though deliveries won’t commence till Q3. It’s priced at 190,000 Euros in its home market, Australian details have yet to be calculated but expect somewhere a little north of $400,000 here.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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