Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ferrari has unleashed its new 200mph everyday supercar.
The new Ferrari Portofino, named after the exclusive upmarket seaside resort on the Italian Riviera, combines the romance of the open road with the undoubted thrill of the chase.
That’s because the iconic Italian brand’s new model has a split personality: in one moment it’s an easy-going grand tourer with impeccable manners, but the mere flick of a switch turns it into a full-blooded performance machine that’s powerful enough to rearrange your internal organs.
I was among the lucky few journalist hand-picked to have a first go in Ferrari’s new Jekyll and Hyde convertible.
Ferrari’s Nicola Boari said the new Portofino is ‘the most everyday Ferrari we have ever created’
Be prepared for the expensive options list
Tempting extras will push up the price considerably including a two-tone paint job (£4,320), run-flat tyres (£2,208), Apple CarPlay (£2,400), front and rear parking cameras (£3,456) and a handy passenger display that lets the co-pilot see how fast the car is going, rpm, and gears, or what’s playing on the hi-fi (£3,360).
Proving just how easily the price can spiral, carbon fibre trim extras include a modest £480 for wheel caps, to £1,440 for a cup-holder, £2,496 for dashboard inserts, and £4,320 for the interior ‘driver zone’ and steering wheel, £4,992 for an under-door cover, and 20-inch forged diamond wheel trims for £4,608.
The improved magnetically-controlled Magnaride Dual Mode suspension system will add another £3,168 to the final bill.
Ferrari marketing chief Nicola Boari said of the new Portofino: ’This is the most everyday Ferrari we have ever created. But it also offers high speed stability when accelerating or cornering. You feel in control at all times.’
In the UK, the Portofino comes with a four-year warranty – with the option to extend to a fifth year for £2,880 – and a seven-year servicing deal.
FERRARI PORTOFINO – WILL IT FIT IN MY GARAGE?
Style: Hard-top convertible ‘grand tourer’ GT
Price: from £166,180 (though customers typically spend another 15% on ‘extras)
First UK deliveries: July (600 pre-ordered globally)
Seats: 2 (plus 2 rear seats suitable for short trips)
Kerb weight: 1664kg
Dry weight: 1545kg
Top speed: 200mph
0-62mph: 3.2 seconds
Braking distance 62mph to 0mph: 34m
Engine: 3.9 litre (3855cc) twin-turbo V8 GT
Power: 600 horse-power
Gears: 7-speed automatic F1 dual-clutch transmission with manual paddles
Fuel consumption: 26.4mpg
Fuel tank: 80 litres
Fuel range: 458 miles
CO2 emissions: 245g/km
Wheels: 20-inch alloy
Electronic controls: Includes Electric power steering, Electronic Stability programme (ESP), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ‘E-Diff3’ rear differential.
Boot capacity: 292 litres (enough for three cabin bags with roof up, two with roof down)
– Metal hood that retracts in 14 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph
– 80kg lighter than the California T it replaces, equivalent to the weight of a man
– 18-way electric adjustable seats standard in UK