2018 Ferrari Portofino
- The Portofino is a new vehicle
- Part of the first Portofino generation introduced for 2018
- Riotous acceleration from the turbo V8
- Styling and presence do the brand justice
- Extensive personalization options
- Don't expect to fit adults comfortably in the back
- Some expected safety features aren't available
2018 Ferrari Portofino pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Portofino does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
The new 2018 Ferrari Portofino lines up against a small group of exotic and exclusive drop-top grand touring cars. And yet you could argue that it's in a class of one for the simple fact that it's a Ferrari. Beyond the aura that name includes, it also means the Portofino delivers a driving experience like nothing else.
The Portofino is a hardtop convertible that replaces the Ferrari California T as the entry point to the brand. Oriented as a grand touring car, it aims to deliver sporty exhilaration and enjoyable handling in a package you can drive every day.
With 591 horsepower from its twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8, which is shared with the larger and more expensive GTC4Lusso T, the Portofino delivers rapid thrust. But underpinning the body is a suite of electronic controls that tie everything together by adjusting the power delivery to the rear wheels, ensuring agile and stable handling. Add in the available adaptive dampers, and you have a grand touring car that drives just as good as it looks.
Exclusivity and personalization are essential to Ferraris, and to this end the Portofino boasts a wide range of customization. Exterior and interior paints, leather colors and interior materials are all at the buyer's discretion. Though it may seem pricey, this process ensures each Portofino feels special to its owner.
Trim levels & features
The Ferrari Portofino is a two-door, four-seat convertible that's available in a single and highly customizable trim level. It receives motivation from a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 (591 horsepower, 560 pound-feet of torque) and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is only available with rear-wheel drive.
Along with a high level of power, the 3.9-liter V8 comes with a feature called Variable Boost Management that increases torque output depending on the gear and engine speed in an effort to make acceleration build more progressively. A three-setting drive mode selector on the steering wheel controls a suite of electronic controls underneath the vehicle, including the differential and traction and stability control systems, that ensure confident and sure-footed handling.
Other standard features include 20-inch wheels, carbon-ceramic brake rotors, automatic engine stop-start, leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable seats, a 10.2-inch touchscreen entertainment system, a digital gauge cluster, keyless entry and start, and a USB port.
Like all Ferraris, the Portofino offers a wide array of exterior and interior customization, from colors to trim, stitching and materials. Significant optional features include forged 20-inch wheels, run-flat tires, a 1,500-watt and 12-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay, and 18-way power-adjustable and heated front seats. An available 7-inch touchscreen sits ahead of the passenger and displays entertainment, navigation and vehicle information. Optional adaptive suspension, called MagneRide, offers both a smoother ride and sportier handling.
Available safety and assistance features include a backup camera, front and rear parking cameras, auto-dimming mirrors, adaptive headlights that adjust with vehicle speed and steering input, and a fire extinguisher.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Portofino safety features:
- Adaptive Front Lights
- Illuminates the road ahead in view by adjusting the direction of the headlights based on steering wheel inputs and vehicle speed.
- F1-Trac with E-Diff 3
- Ensures stability and traction as you enter and exit corners by carefully managing power distribution between the two rear wheels.
- Parking Cameras
- Provides forward, side and rear views during low-speed maneuvers in parking lots.
Ferrari Portofino vs. the competition
2018 Ferrari Portofino
2018 Porsche 911
Ferrari Portofino vs. Porsche 911
The 911 Turbo S may lack a few horsepower and — more importantly — a Ferrari level of exclusivity, but it gains an undeniable acceleration advantage from its comparatively lower weight and standard all-wheel drive. The soft-top Porsche is also less expensive and offers a variety of trim levels to best suit your desires.
Ferrari Portofino vs. Bentley Continental
Though powerful, the Continental GT convertible is a much larger and heavier car than the Portofino. Instead of advanced performance technology, the Bentley prioritizes delivering the utmost in comfort and refinement. Its unique W-configuration 12-cylinder engine doesn't sing like the Ferrari's V8, but it's undeniably powerful.
Ferrari Portofino vs. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
The SL 65 AMG hardtop convertible has a subdued elegance that doesn't stand out as dramatically as the Portofino, but that's exactly the point. It trades dynamic performance for a calmer approach to luxury. Though more powerful than the Ferrari, Mercedes' twin-turbo V12 is a smooth and refined engine that effortlessly propels this big convertible along.
The 2018 Ferrari Portofino is a hardtop convertible grand touring car that stands out with extroverted styling, agile handling and an abundance of power. In terms of pricing, it's the entry point to the Ferrari brand, but by no means is it cheap.
Though there are exceptions, Ferraris tend to come in a single trim level. There is a modest amount of standard equipment, a few optional features, and nearly endless color and trim customization choices since many customers prefer to personalize their car.
Standard features include a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 with 591 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque — an engine you'll also find in the larger and more expensive GTC4Lusso T. Because driving thrills include how much power you have and how it arrives, Ferrari has paid careful attention to how the V8 responds when you step on the gas. A technology called Variable Boost Management changes torque depending on the gear and engine speed to make acceleration build more progressively.
Similar standard electronic controls monitor the limited-slip differential and the given traction of a tire to help improve handling and stability. These settings change with a red three-mode drive selector switch on the steering wheel.
Like many grand touring vehicles at this level of price and prestige, the Portofino is only available in a single highly customizable trim level. You can choose the design of the 20-inch wheels and the color of the brake calipers on the carbon-ceramic rotors. The leather upholstery, stitching, and carpet color and type are all at your discretion, too.
Significant options include an optional adaptive suspension, called MagneRide, that offers both a smoother ride and sportier handling. Available interior goodies include 1,500-watt and 12-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay, and 18-way power-adjustable and heated front seats. You can also get a 7-inch touchscreen that sits ahead of the passenger and displays entertainment, navigation and vehicle information.
The Portofino may be priced similarly to other high-end two-door convertibles, but it provides a driving experience that few other vehicles match. When you're ready to enter this rarefied level of performance and luxury, be sure to let Edmunds help find the perfect 2018 Ferrari Portofino for you.
2018 Ferrari Portofino Overview
The 2018 Ferrari Portofino is offered in the following submodels: Portofino Convertible. Available styles include 2dr Convertible (3.9L 8cyl Turbo 7AM).
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