Ferrari Portofino: The Italian Grand Tourer par excellence revealed in South Africa

Press release by: Scuderia Ferrari SA

Johannesburg, 23 February 2018 – The Ferrari Portofino made its official debut in South Africa at a private preview held at the official Ferrari dealer in Johannesburg. Revealed earlier than anticipated in the market, the Ferrari Portofino is the new V8 GT set to dominate its segment thanks to a perfect combination of outright performance and versatility.

Powered by the Ferrari V8 turbo, a member of the engine family that won the overall International Engine of the Year Award in both 2016 and 2017, the Ferrari Portofino unleashes a massive 600cv at 7500 rpm, sprinting from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and 0-200km/h in just 10.8 seconds.

Named after one of Italy’s most charming villages on the Italian Riviera, Portofino- the new model is the most powerful convertible to effortlessly convert from an authentic ‘berlinetta’ coupé to a drop-top in just 14 seconds. Its’ distinctive Ferrari V8 soundtrack has also been further enhanced and can be fully appreciated, particularly in top-down driving.

The Ferrari Portofino’s vehicle dynamics have been completely revised and new technological solutions have been introduced 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 Electric Power Steering (EPS). 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 Ferrari Portofino also features the Variable Boost Management, a control software developed by Ferrari that adjusts torque delivery to suit the gear selected. This enables the Ferrari Portofino to offer even higher levels of acceleration in all gears and lower fuel consumption compared to previous models.

The Ferrari Design Centre penned the Ferrari Portofino as an aggressively-styled vehicle with a two-box fastback configuration – unprecedented in a coupe-convertible with a retractable hard-top. The result is a sportier character, by adding extra sleekness to its silhouette, without compromising its elegance and dynamism. The Portofino’s cabin too has also been carefully designed and improved to ensure formal and functional coherency between the cars’ exterior and interior, a reduction in weight and creating more space for occupants.

“We are thrilled to introduce our latest addition to the Prancing horse family in South Africa. The Portofino is a benchmark in its segment and surpasses all expectations of a V8 grand tourer. We believe this exceptionally versatile drop-top embodies the perfect combination of design excellence, supreme performance and unmatched technology”, concludes Mervyn Eagles, CEO of Scuderia South Africa.

Ferrari Portofino

Technical specifications


Type                                                                   V8 – 90° Turbo

Overall displacement                                      3855 cm3

Bore and stroke                                     86.5 mm x 82 mm

Maximum power output*                                441 kW (600 cv) at 7500 rpm

Maximum torque *                                              760 Nm between 3000 and 5250 rpm

Maximum engine speed                   7500 rpm

Compression Ratio                                                9.45:1


Length                                                                          4586 mm

Width                                                                            1938 mm

Height                                                                           1318 mm

Wheelbase                                                                  2670 mm

Front track                                                                 1633 mm

Rear track                                                                    1635 mm

Kerb weight**                                                     1664 kg

Dry weight**                                                             1545 kg

Weight distribution                                             46-54% front / rear

Boot capacity                                                           292 l

Fuel tank capacity                                                  80 l


Front                                                                   245/35 ZR20; 8J x 20″

Rear                                                                    285/35 ZR20; 10J x 20″


Front                                                                              390 mm x 34 mm

Rear                                                                                360 mm x 32mm

TRANSMISSION AND GEARBOX     F1 dual-clutch transmission, 7-speed

ELECTRONIC CONTROLS                    ESP, ESC, with F1-Trac, E-Diff 3, SCM-E with twin solenoid


Maximum speed                                                     >320 km/h

0-100 km/h                                                                3.5 sec

0-200 km/h                                                                10.8 sec

100-0 km/h                                                                34m


Fuel consumption                                                 10.7 l/100 km

Emissions                                                                    245g C02/km


260 g/km

* In 7th gear

**With specific optional extras

*** Combined cycle. In homologation phase. ECE+EUDC with standard HELE configuration

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