2018 Ferrari Portofino becomes official ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on August 23, 2017

Say goodbye to the Ferrari California T hardtop, the V8-powered grand touring sports car. But don’t be sad yet, as the Italian carmaker has already lined up a suitable replacement for the charming convertible – the new Ferrari Portofino.

Instead of retaining the already iconic moniker that is California, Ferrari has decided to give this new drop-top car a new name, one that reflects charm, elegance, luxury and sportiness.

Thus, Ferrari opted to name the California T successor as the Portofino, derived from a beautiful and charming town located in the northwestern section of Italy. In addition, the Italian sports car maker also named the launch color of this new V8 GT after the town – Rosso Portofino.

Ferrari plans to unveil the new Portofino to the global public at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.

Exterior Design

The design and proportions of the new Ferrari Portofino are defined by its dimensions. As penned by the Ferrari Design Centre, the new Portofino measures 4,586 mm in length, 1,938 mm in width and 1,318 mm in height. Underpinned by an all-new chassis, the Portofino features a two-box fastback configuration – something that is unusual for a coupé-convertible with a retractable hard top.

The front end is marked by a large radiator grille opening – extending across the elegantly contoured nose – as flanked by new full-LED headlight assemblies with a horizontal shape. Interestingly, an air intake can be found on the outer edge of each headlight.

On the rear end, the Portofino is defined by a sporty stance, made possible by placing the rear lights further apart. This allowed the new V8 GT to cleverly conceal its rear volume that accommodates the retractable hard top.

This retractable hard top, on the other hand, boasts of a more lightweight design and can be deployed at low speeds. The new Portofino has weight distribution of 46/54 as biased to the rear.

Interior Design

In terms of comfort, the driver and passengers are provided with an infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen display, a new steering wheel, a new air-conditioning system and a new passenger display.

Also provided are 18-way electrically adjustable seats that are designed to offer more rear cabin legroom. Comfort is also guaranteed by the new wind deflector that could reduce airflow inside the cabin by 30 percent while reducing aerodynamic noise.


The new Ferrari Portofino is powered by a 3,855-cc V8 turbo mill that makes use of new components -- new pistons, new con-rods, a new intake system design and a new one-piece-cast exhaust header -- and calibrated engine management software to deliver a 600 cv (441 kW or 591 hp) of max output at 7,500 rpm and 760 Nm of peak torque available between 3,000 rpm and 5,250 rpm.

This makes the V8 engine of the Portofino around 40 cv more powerful than on the California T. At this power level, the new Portofino could dash from standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of more than 320 km/h. It is expected to consume 10.5 liters of fuel per 100 km and emit 245 grams of carbon dioxide per km, both on the combined cycle.

Ferrari has decided to support this supreme V8 power with a number of technological solutions like the third-generation electronic rear differential (E-Diff3) as integrated with the F1-Trac. Likewise, the Portofino is the first GT in Ferrari’s range to feature EPS (Electric Power Steering). This paved way for the reduction of the steering ratio by seven percent, resulting to a more responsive steering without compromising stability.

Furthermore, the so-called magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E) is now uprated with dual-coil technology for lower instances of roll and enhanced levels of road impact absorption – allowing the new V8 GT to offer superior ride comfort.

Press Release


The Ferrari Portofino is the new V8 GT set to dominate its segment thanks to a perfect combination of sportiness, elegance and on board comfort.

Ferrari has chosen a particularly evocative moniker for this exceptionally versatile drop-top car, referencing one of Italy’s most beautiful towns. Portofino is renowned for its charming tourist port and, over the years, has become internationally synonymous with elegance, sportiness and understated luxury. The launch colour of the new Ferrari has also been dedicated to this marvellous town: Rosso Portofino.

Capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hard top, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space plus two rear seats suitable for short trips.

The Ferrari Portofino’s all-new chassis features a significant weight saving over the California T it replaces. Thanks to the extensive use of modern production technologies, all the chassis and body-in-white components have been redesigned with a consequent reduction in weight despite an increase in torsional rigidity.


The renowned Ferrari V8 turbo, part of the engine family that was nominated International Engine of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, now punches out 40 cv more than the California T’s power unit thanks to the adoption of new components and specific calibration of the engine management software. The characteristic Ferrari V8 soundtrack has also been further enhanced and can be fully appreciated, particularly in top-down driving.

All aspects of the 8-cylinder’s efficiency have been honed with the adoption of new pistons and con-rods, and a new intake system design. The geometries throughout the exhaust system have also been revolutionised. The new one-piece-cast exhaust header reduces losses, an important factor in ensuring Ferrari’s characteristic throttle response with zero turbo lag. These improvements, combined with the Variable Boost Management which adjusts torque delivery to suit the gear selected, enable the Ferrari Portofino to offer even higher levels of acceleration in all gears and lower fuel consumption compared to the outgoing model.

Vehicle dynamics

The Ferrari Portofino’s vehicle dynamic characteristics have been completely revised and benefit from the introduction of new technological solutions. For the first time on this type of Ferrari model, the third generation electronic rear differential (E-Diff3) has been adopted and integrated with the F1-Trac, improving both mechanical grip and the control of the car on the limit. The Ferrari Portofino is also the first GT in the range to be fitted with EPS (Electric Power Steering). This allowed the engineers to reduce the steering ratio by seven per cent for even more responsive steering without a trade-off in stability thanks to the integration with the E-Diff3. The magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E) has been uprated with dual-coil technology which helps reduce roll while simultaneously improving absorption of road surface unevenness. The result is an even more dynamic, responsive car that also delivers superior ride comfort.

Design & Aerodynamics

The Ferrari Design Centre-penned Ferrari Portofino is an aggressively-styled car with a two-box fastback configuration – unprecedented in a coupé-convertible with a retractable hard top – that adds extra sleekness to its silhouette, lending it a sportier character without impinging on its elegance and dynamism.

Close collaboration between the Aerodynamics department and Ferrari Design has ensured maximum efficiency in the development of the surface treatment. Starting with the front, the form of the large radiator grille opening, that stretches from edge to edge of the carefully contoured nose, is underscored by a new full-LED headlight assembly with a more horizontal shape. The outside edge of the headlight hides an innovative air intake which vents into the front wheelarch and exits along the flank to reduce drag.

The tail design underlines the car’s sporty stance which has been further enhanced by placing the tail lights futher apart. This elegant solution cleverly conceals the rear volume housing the all-new RHT which features a more lightweight design and can be raised or lowered at low speeds.

Comfort on board

There was also a particular focus on board comfort which is guaranteed by a slew of new features, not least an infotainment system with 10.2” touchscreen display, a new air-conditioning system that improves occupant comfort both with the top up or down, a new steering wheel, 18-way electrically adjustable seats with a new backrest design that boosts legroom for rear seat passengers, and the passenger display. All occupants will particularly appreciate the new wind deflector which, when the top is dropped, cuts air flow inside the cabin by 30% and also reduces aerodynamic noise.

The Ferrari Portofino will make its world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.

Technical Specification Summary

Type V8 – 90°
Overall displacement 3855 cm3
Maximum power output * 441 kW (600 cv) at 7500 rpm
Maximum torque * 760 Nm from 3000 to 5250 rpm

Weight and Dimensions
Length 4586 mm
Width 1938 mm
Height 1318 mm
Weight distribution 46-54% front/rear

Maximum speed >320 km/h
0-100 km/h 3.5 sec

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions**
Fuel consumption 10.5 l/100 km
Emissions 245g CO2/km

* In 7th gear
** Combined cycle. Under homologation. ECE+EUDC with standard HELE system.

Source: Ferrari

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