It’s designed to be the most usable of Ferraris, and while the Portofino isn’t likely to be a daily driver for many owners, it does provide pleasingly accessible performance.
We are particularly impressed with the ride quality which, thanks to electronic damping control and a drive setting tailored for bumpy roads, provides a level of suppleness that soaks up pretty much every tarmac challenge.
Pick up the pace and the Portofino corners flat with barely discernable body roll and the steering is precise and light to use, too. The minor black mark here is that enthusiast drivers may wish for a little more ‘feel’ from the new electric power-steering setup that’s fitted in place of Ferrari’s previous hydraulic system.
The Portofino’s capability under braking is emphatic, thanks to carbon ceramic discs fitted as standard. As with the steering setup, pedal feel seems designed more for the everyday driver than sporting types, who may wish for a little more responsiveness from gentle pedal pressures. Jump on the anchors though, and the car sheds speed with impressive ease.
The gearbox is Ferrari’s F1 inspired dual-clutch automated set-up, and when using the paddles to shift manually it provides electrifyingly quick responses. Select auto changes though, and the gearbox takes on a much more relaxed attitude, although it’s not quite as seamlessly easy-going to drive as the best autos.
Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed
The 3.9-litre V8 in the Portofino boasts a mighty 591bhp and 760Nm of torque, and coupled to the dual clutch gearbox it makes for blistering performance. Ferrari’s own figures suggest 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds, while zero to 124mph (200kph) takes 10.8s. Top speed is quoted as 199mph.
As you would expect, the performance is delivered with a deliciously barking exhaust note, especially in sport mode. If you’re driving more moderately and keep the revs in the lower half of the 7,500rpm potential rev range, the noise is sensibly a little more muted.