The 2020 Ferrari Portofino allows drivers to sunbathe and have fun chasing the horizon. With a body that looks seductive no matter if the retractable hardcover is up or down, this four-seater front engine epitomizes the spirit of long haul. The Portofino is also the least expensive way to get into the Ferrari owners club, but admission still costs a small fortune. Whether the twin-turbo V-8 is tossing it around or making operatic sounds, this Italian-made sprinter is a joy to drive and listen to. We just want your steering and brake pedal to be as rewarding as the rest of its performance attributes. Its cabin is sumptuously designed and customizable, but a small backseat and trunk decrease its practicality. Still, the Portofino 2020 emphatically honors the home of the Horse Deprancing.
For 2020, Ferrari does not make significant changes to Portofino’s lineup. Since the Italian convertible debuted as a replacement for the California T just a couple of years ago, we don’t expect it to alter much for a while.
> Portofino: $ 218,750
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
Inside, the Portofino 2020 delights the eyes with fabulous design and gorgeous materials. Its varied surfaces are stitched together with beautiful leather, and the adjustable 18-seat power front seats are sculpted to provide comfort and support. There’s also a handy wind deflector that helps keep the cab quiet at speed when the top falls off. With a pair of small bucket seats behind the front passengers, the Ferrari convertible can technically carry up to four people. However, we do not recommend that anyone spend time there. A handy tray is placed in the front of the center console to store small items, and there’s even a place to store a drink nearby. Do not expect to put a golf bag or too much luggage inside the Portofino’s trunk, because it is not very big.
Infotainment and connectivity
The infotainment system in a Ferrari is like a spare tire in a Buick: it’s nice to have it when you need it, but not something nobody asks about. Still, the Portofino 2020 includes a 10.2-inch touchscreen that mounts in the center of the dashboard. We found the unit to be responsive during our limited exposure, and the optional touchscreen facing the front passenger allows them to view performance data and even operate the car’s navigation system.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
A Ferrari is defined by its engine as much as its style, and the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 that hides under the Portofino’s long hood is excellent. The engine sends 591 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. But the claimed maximum speed of “over 199 mph” and the estimated time of zero to 60 mph in the low three-second range are not the most impressive; It is the unmistakable buzzer that erupts from the exhaust tips when the Portofino’s tach needle is loaded towards the 7500 rpm red line on the engine. The last time we drove one in Italy, where the convertible provided a comfortable ride and remarkable body control; both were enhanced by adaptive dampers. While its electrically powered steering provided satisfactory feedback, the setup isn’t quite as attractive as what Porsche provides. Every 2020 Portofino also features carbon-ceramic brakes that ensure this strong GT can be quickly brought to a stop. However, we had to get used to the initial smoothness of the brake pedal before receiving the expected firmness.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
Despite its very powerful dual-turbocharged V-8, the government predicts that the Portofino 2020 is as fuel efficient as many full-size SUVs. EPA estimates that the Ferrari will earn 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Both figures are not rivals with a V-8 engine like the Bentley Continental GT (16/26 mpg city / highway) and the Aston Martin DB11 (18/24 mpg city / highway). Since we haven’t tried Portofino or any of those alternatives on our 200-mile fuel economy route, we can’t say how efficient they are in the real world.
Driver Assistance and Safety Features
Portofino 2020 has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Italian sulfate convertible also offers driver assistance technology, but none of the available features are offered as standard. Key security features include:
> Automated emergency brake available with pedestrian detection
> Lane Departure Warning Available
> Adaptive cruise control available
Warranty and maintenance coverage
Ferrari’s warranty aligns with other high-end automakers like Lamborghini, and the company also offers 15 years of extended coverage for additional coins. Ferrari also boasts the best free maintenance, with seven years of unlimited miles.
> The limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
> Free maintenance is covered for seven years and unlimited miles