The Ferrari Portofino, Maranello’s new V8 Grand Tourer, was recently unveiled by Naza Italia in exclusive and suitably evocative settings at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort in Kuala Lumpur. Having debuted at last year’s Frankfurt International Motor Show, the Portofino apppears set to dominate the GT segment by marrying Ferrari character and driving dynamics with a perfect blend of comfort, luxury and versatility. Taking its name from one of Italy’s most attractive villages and getaway destinations in the Liguria Region on the Italian Riviera, the Portofino stylishly reflects its namesake with a beautifully elegant design.
Penned by Flavio Manzoni and the Ferrari style center team, it moves the visual game several steps on from the aesthetically challenged California, with a style all of its own while remaining visually recognizable as a Ferrari with more sharply creased bodywork all around. Its GTC4Lusso-style LED headlamps and front grille establish a visual link to the rest of the family, while more widely spaced round tail lights reduce the rear end’s visual bulk. The sculpted boot-lid accommodates the Portofino’s folding hard top which now opens and closes in 14 seconds, a feat it accomplishes even when the car is in motion at low speeds.
Power comes from the Ferrari F154 BB 3.9 liter twin-turbocharged V8, last seen in action with the California T. Outputs are now increased to 600 hp at 7,500rpm and 760 Nm of torque peaking between 3,000 and 5,250rpm, thanks to redesigned intake and exhaust systems, new pistons and con-rods, and re-calibrated engine management software.
100km/h arrives from rest in 3.5 seconds and 200 km/h in 10.8 seconds, with the Portofino eventually topping out at 320 km/h (199 mph). Vehicle dynamics have also been refined to balance the Portofino’s newfound straight line prowess, with its third generation E-Diff integrated with the F1-Trac system for higher mechanical grip and improved control on the limit, in a technical first for a Ferrari V8 GT. Another first for the range is the adoption of Electric Power Steering (EPS), with a steering ratio reduced by 7% for more incisive turn-in when cornering. The Portofino’s SCM-E magnetorheological dampers have also been upgraded with dual-coil technology, serving to reduce cornering roll and improve bump absorption at the same time.
In line with its GT remit, Ferrari has equipped the Portofino with similar interior design cues to the GTC4Lusso, with comfort enhanced by a new steering wheel and 18-way electrically adjustable seats featuring a new backrest designed for greater rear seat legroom. Infotainment systems are governed through the 10.2″ touchscreen display, while the passenger gets a secondary display which can highlight manettino settings and vehicle dynamics information among other functions. Portofino owners in more humid climates will appreciate the improved air-conditioning system, and comfort is also enhanced by a new wind deflector which reduces cabin airflow intrusion by 30% and cuts wind noise during open-top driving. Portofino pricing starts at RM948,000, before import duties and customization options, with first local deliveries expected in the closing months of 2018.