Ferrari Portofino

At the heart of the Ferrari Portofino is its engine, a V8 unit displacing 3.9L, fed by a pair of turbochargers. It's a combination that makes 591 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque, which is then sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. With a 0-60 time of under four seconds, the Portofino is extremely fast, but just noting its performance doesn't do the drivetrain justice. The Portofino's V8 is a screamer, sounding amazing all the way up to its 7500 RPM redline. Despite all that power, the Portofino should still return about 22 mpg on the highway according to the EPA.

One of the best features of the Portofino is its folding hardtop. Most convertibles tend to look a little bit awkward with their fabric tops up, but the Portofino looks beautiful no matter which configuration it's in, thanks to a roof made up of folding metal panels. This also improves noise, comfort and safety when compared to a traditional soft top. A folding hard top really offers the best of both worlds when it comes to deciding between a coupe and a convertible.

Unlike many of its competitors, the Ferrari Portofino doesn't feature endless option packages, instead letting potential buyers design and customize their Ferrari with a variety of aesthetic options. There are of course multiple interior and exterior colors as well as seat designs, brake caliper colors and carbon fiber accents available. Exhaust tips can be had in several different colors as well and Ferrari even lets potential owners choose between black, silver, red, yellow or white for the tachometer. However, the nuts and bolts of the Portofino remain the same, with every car featuring the same engine, transmission, interior electronics and carbon ceramic brakes.

The Ferrari Portofino's comes standard with 20-inch forged alloy wheels, electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support, leather seats, leather steering wheel, adaptive damper suspension, keyless entry with push button start, front and rear parking sensors, leather headliner and dual-zone automatic air conditioning.

The Portofino's infotainment system comes standard with 7-speaker sound system with 10-inch touchscreen, voice-activated navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth integration, USB port and Apple CarPlay.

Editors' Review

How do you improve on perfection? For me, the Ferrari 488 GTB was a harmony of outrageous on-track performance and remarkably good on-road manners. It's my favorite modern super-sports car.

And so I had some misgivings when taking delivery of the F8 Tributo. Yeah, it has more power and fresh looks and a series of other tweaks that clearly establish it as the 488 successor it's meant to be. But modern succession doesn't necessarily mean improvement. Take the 812 Superfast, for example. It's superior to the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta that came before in virtually every way -- and yet I'm not sure that I prefer the new one. Faster, better, yes, but also edgier and maybe even too sharp.

I couldn't help but wonder whether the F8 Tributo would suffer the same fate as I watched it roll off the truck and into the real world. I was, at least, immediately confident I'd have no concerns on the aesthetics front. While I generally liked the look of the car when I first saw it in Geneva last year, it's not until something steps out into the sun that you can really get a good look at it. Here, the F8 looks good -- even in the demure black this one's been dipped in.

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The Good ~ Even more power ~ Astonishingly quick handling ~ Impeccable road manners

The Bad ~ Revised styling not for everyone ~ CarPlay costs how much?

The Bottom Line The Ferrari F8 Tributo inherits the crown of its predecessor as one of the best driving experiences on the planet.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9.5
  • Features 9
  • Design 9
  • Media 8

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