2020 Ferrari Portofino

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$215,000
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2020 Ferrari Portofino Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: May 4, 2020
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It is the dream of literally anyone who remotely knows anything about cars to own a Ferrari. A moniker that speaks for itself. A brand whose logo if placed on anything mundane would make it worth at least 3 times more. Started birth as a racing team called Scuderia Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari never had any intentions to make road cars but had to find some way to fund his race team. Low and behold the first road-going Ferrari debuted in 1947 with a 1.5L V12, named the 125S. The automotive community got blessed with some spectacular machines like the 250 GTO, 275 GTB, F40, 288 GTO, Testarossa and many more. Ferrari became a symbol of speed, status and wealth. Owning a Ferrari meant you have made it to the top 1% of the elites.

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Pros

Comes with a Ferrari built V8. 

Gorgeous looks befitting the brand

A hard-top convertible as opposed to the popular fabric ones. 

Cons

The roof folding mechanism eats into the boot space.

The rear seats are not for adults. To be honest.

What's New?

Nothing much for 2020. Ferraris don’t do updates each year.

Part of the first generation introduced in 2017.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Ferrari Portofino Exterior video

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Final Verdict

7.9

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Ferrari Portofino Base

Base

power
591 hp @ 7500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$215,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.9L 8cyl 7A) Starting at $215,000 MSRP (16/18/23) 591 hp @ 7500 rpm, 3.9 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
7-Speed Dual Clutch rear wheel drive 4

Expert Review

8.1

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The Portofino was introduced as the successor to the controversial California T back in 2017. The car boasts a 3.9L twin-turbocharged V8 making 592 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. Launched on the Italian Riviera in the village of Portofino, the name is fitting for this Italian stallion. It costs $210,783 new and is the cheapest way to get into the Ferrari owners club.

The Ferrari Portofino goes head to head with the Aston Martin DB11 Volante, Bentley Continental Convertible and the Porsche 911 turbo S Cabriolet. All of these cars represent the best of what their monikers can offer. Is the 2020 Ferrari Portofino all show and no go? Does it live up to the brand? Read on to find out.

2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible Front View
2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible Rear View

9.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 

7.9/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Ferrari Portofino Features

9.0/10

The Portofino only comes in one trim. Ferrari is a mark of speed, wealth and status, you can’t expect them to offer trims for their cars like a Hyundai or a Kia. They don’t roll like that. The kit you get as standard is down below.

Trim Ferrari Portofino
MSRP (RWD) $210,783
Key Features ABS and driveline Traction control
  20" silver forged aluminum Wheels
  Front air conditioning, dual-zone automatic
  SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
  10.2” touchscreen LCD monitor
  Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
  Rear Fog/driving lights
  Heated mirrors
  Power Convertible top
  Windshield wipers - rain sensing
  Leather Seat trim
  Driver and passenger Lumbar support
  Navigation system
  Parking assist

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How am I gonna make my Ferrari unique if there’s only one trim? Aha!, Ferrari offers something called their Tailor-made program where you can spec the balls out of the car and get into customizing even the air vent surrounds. Of course, Ferrari’s gonna charge some serious money for it. Hey! If you can buy a Ferrari, you could obviously spend a couple of thousand dollars more. 

2020 Ferrari Portofino Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Enzo Ferrari once said that “I don’t sell you cars, I sell engines, the car is thrown in for free since it holds the engine” times have certainly changed and cars are more than just a shell to hold an engine. But Ferraris to this day emphasize their engine as something sensational. Which it is, to be honest. The 3.9L can be seen in the GTC4Lusso T as well but with a higher state of tune. The engine was so good that it won the international engine of the year award 4 times in a row from 2016 to 2019. Ferrari has bagged close to 14 titles for both F154B and F154C. Of which the F154B is the one in the Portofino and the GTC4Lusso and the F154C is the one in the 488 GTB, Pista and F8 Tributo.

 2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible has 7 Speed Automatic Transmission

Model

Ferrari Portofino

Aston Martin DB 11 Volante

Bentley Continental convertible

Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet 

MSRP

$210,783

$216,495

$202,500

$203,000

Engine

3.9L Twin-Turbo V8 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 3.8L Twin-Turbo Flat-6
Drivetrain RWD RWD AWD AWD

Transmission

7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic 7-Speed Pdk Automatic

Power

592hp@7,500rpm 503hp@6,000rpm 542hp@6,000rpm 580hp@6,750rpm

Torque

561lb-ft@3,000rpm 513lb-ft@3,000rpm 568lb-ft@1,350rpm 516lb-ft@2,100rpm

The Ferrari’s V8 just dominates the playing field. The power is most produced by the Portofino out of the competition, but trails behind the Brit in terms of torque. Not significant but nonetheless. 

Is it fast?

Yes indeed. Ferrari pitched the Cali T as a grand tourer and the Portofino follows suit. It is an exhilarating experience but not as raw as the 488 Pista. The latter being a track focussed car, the rawness was expected. The Portofino reaches the ton in 3.5 seconds and manages the quarter-mile in 10.9.

 2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible covers 0-60 in just 3.5 sec

Models

Ferrari Portofino

Aston Martin DB 11 Volante

Bentley Continental convertible

Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet 

0-60 MPH

3.5 sec

4.1 sec

4.0 sec

2.5 sec

Quarter Mile

10.9 sec

11.7 sec

11.81 sec

10.3 sec

Top Speed 199 MPH 208 MPH 198 MPH 205 MPH

Engine

3.9L Twin-Turbo V8 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 3.8L Twin-Turbo Flat-6

The Porsche just takes the win in the quarter and is the fastest off the line. Ferrari makes up for the 1-second delay in hitting 60 by finishing the quarter-mile with a difference of 0.6 of a second. The folks from Britain manages an equal difference of one-tenth of a second in both the tests with the Aston edging forward.

How’s the ride?

The ride is as supple as any grand tourer but the Bently feels much more sumptuous. The Bently is the proper GT while the Ferrari is more of a GT with some pepper shot up its bottom. The car has very direct steering much like the 812 superfast, which adopts Ferrari’s electronic steering. One thing to point out would be the steering which is very sensitive and gives it a dart-like feel but any wrong moves and they’d have to hose you off the road. Put the roof down and feel the V8 burbling with a signature Ferrari wail. The drive is much more engaging when the elongated paddles which stay prominently on the column are used. The shifts are instant and the car takes off even in 4th gear. Marking how torquey the turbocharged V8 is. 

Will it stop in time?

The Portofino comes equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes on all 4 wheels and comes with all the electronic wizardry that helps you from wedging it in between trees. The rotors are 15.4” in the front and 14.2” in the rear. The brakes bring the car to a full emergency stop from 60 in 111.5 feet.

Model

Ferrari Portofino

Aston Martin DB 11 Volante

Bentley Continental convertible

Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet 

Brake Rotors Front

15.4"

15.8"

16.5"

15"

Brake Rotors Rear

14.2" 14.2" 15" 15"

Curb Weight

3669 lbs

4134 lbs

5160 lbs

3682 lbs

60-0 MPH

111.5 ft

105 ft

168 ft

114 ft

The Ferrari is second to the Aston in terms of braking distance. The Aston’s bigger front rotors may have helped it stop sooner. The Porsche takes a third by completing the stop at 114 feet. The Bently was no surprise to be honest, given it weighed 1000lbs more than the Ferrari. It took 168 feet for the Bently to stop from 60 mph.

2020 Ferrari Portofino Fuel Economy

8.0/10

When you’re buying a Ferrari, the last thing that you need to know about is its fuel economy. While it’s not gonna help in saving the Polar bears, the turbocharging has given the Portofino decent gas mileage. For the curious ones among you, the car returns 18 mpg combined. Which is amazing for a near 600 hp machine. 

Model

Ferrari Portofino

Aston Martin DB 11 Volante

Bentley Continental convertible

Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet 

MPG (City)

16

18

15

16

MPG (Highway)

23 24 25 23

MPG (Combined)

18 20 19 18
Fuel Capacity

21.1 gallons

20.5 gallons

24 gallons

177.6 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 338/485/380 miles 369/492/410 miles 360/600/456 miles 334/422/378 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

8.0

7.1

7.8

7.1

Well, let’s be honest here, you are not gonna place your buy based on how fuel-efficient a 500+ hp machine would be. Nonetheless, here’s some trivia to those who care, the Aston’s the better among them, second in line would be the Bentley and a close third shared by the Ferrari and the Porsche.

2020 Ferrari Portofino Interior

9.0/10

The interior is dominated by the extensive use of leather and nowhere does it feel cheap. Obviously it's a Ferrari, it screams wealth and status. However, the climate control switches could’ve been better which is the only place in the cabin that felt a bit cheap. Apart from that minor niggle, the interior is magnificent. As with modern Ferraris, all the buttons are found on the steering wheel. From indicator switches to windshield wiper and washer controls. The steering wheel also houses the Engine start/ stop button and the Manettino switch, Ferrari’s drive mode selector. Moving along you’ll find the 10.2” center touch screen which has all the media functions including radio and sat-nav. There is also the option of having the passenger display which is a screen on the passenger side that gives driving info like speed, what mode the drive is and so on. There is the center bridge housing the launch control, reverse and the option to switch between manual and automatic.

 2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible Dashboard

 

Model

Ferrari Portofino

Aston Martin DB 11 Volante

Bentley Continental convertible

Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet 

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A 39.7/42.8/N/A 39.6/N/A/N/A N/A

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A N/A 36.5/N/A/N/A N/A

Apart from the Bentley all the rest are in fact best described as 2-seaters. Space at the back is pretty much non-existent for adults. Kids would fit in nicely or you could use it to keep your Hermes bags. The Bentley is the most spacious of the bunch, but there is something to piloting a Ferrari that all of the others lack.

How much cargo can you fit in?

The Portofino offers a generous trunk space of 10.3 cu-ft, which is okay for a weekend blast with your wife or the mistress perhaps. Keep in mind that this is with the roof up so expect the trunk capacity to go down even more if you decide to feel the wind in your hair.

Models

Ferrari Portofino

Aston Martin DB 11 Volante

Bentley Continental convertible

Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet 

Cargo Capacity

10.3 cu.ft.

9.5 cu.ft.

12.6 cu.ft.

4.4 cu.ft.

The Bentley being the true GT offers more practicality than its race-bred sportscar turned GT car rivals. However, apart from the Porsche, the rest of the bunch offers an easy weekend trip with a couple of duffle bags squeezed in.

Interior Features

Some of the notable interior features include:

  • 10.2” touch screen
  • Passenger display
  • Apple car play connectivity
  • Dua-zone climate control
  • Premium leather
  • Aluminum paddle shifters
  • Carbon fiber inlays in some of the interior trim.
2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible cockpit Area
2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible cockpit Area
2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible top view
2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible top view
2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible top view
2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible top view
2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible steering wheel
2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible steering wheel
2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible Dashboard
2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible Dashboard

2020 Ferrari Portofino Exterior

8.0/10

Ferraris are known to incite sensations of a sensual nature if you look at them. Classic Ferraris from the iconic 250 GT SWB, 250 GTO to the Laferrari all look drop-dead gorgeous. However Ferrari has also given us some ugly cars as well, the Mondial 8, California, the 456. Much to our relief the Portofino is leaps and bounds ahead of the California in every respect. The styling is spot on, with form following function. In 2018 the Portofino was awarded the Red dot: Best of the Best award for its design. Every line around the body has perfectly enhanced the visual appeal. The hips are sculpted to make it resemble that of a super model’s. Even with the roof down the proportions feel undisturbed. Good job Ferrari, you haven’t disappointed us this time.

 2020 Ferrari Portofino Convertible 3 Quarter View

Dimensional Analysis

The Portofino is 180.6” long which is about an inch longer than the California it replaces. Basically, the Portofino has grown an inch in all respects (LxWxH) apart from the wheelbase which remains the same as the California at 105.1”. The difference is not monumental but change is welcomed any day if it's good enough.

Model

Ferrari Portofino

Aston Martin DB 11 Volante

Bentley Continental convertible

Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet 

Curb Weight

3669 lbs

4134 lbs

5160 lbs

3682 lbs

Length

180.6"

186.6"

189.3"

177.4"

Width

76.3"

76.7"

76.7"

74"

Height

51.9"

50.8"

55.2"

50.9"

Ground Clearance

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase

105.1"

110.4"

108"

96.5"

Being 80 kgs lighter than the Cali T the Portofino is the Lightest in this company of cars. The Porsche weighs a tad more than the Ferrari. The Aston is the third lightest and the Bentley carries the most heft.

Exterior Features

Some of the notable exterior features include:

  • 20" silver forged aluminum Wheels.
  • Vents on the front fenders to channel air along the sides of the car.
  • Hood vents to aid in heat dissipation.
  • Quad tailpipes
  • Active brake cooling ducts on the front bumper.
  • Side skirts and diffuser to provide more downforce.
  • Ferrari’s integrated door handle that generates less drag.
2020 Ferrari Portofino 3 Quarter view
2020 Ferrari Portofino 3 Quarter view
2020 Ferrari Portofino left side view
2020 Ferrari Portofino left side view
2020 Ferrari Portofino rear view
2020 Ferrari Portofino rear view
2020 Ferrari Portofino front view
2020 Ferrari Portofino front view
2020 Ferrari Portofino Front view
2020 Ferrari Portofino Front view

2020 Ferrari Portofino Safety

7.0/10

For a 200 grand car, the Ferrari comes with a lot of standard safety features like ABS, EBD, Traction control and airbags to name some. However, all the driver assistance tech that are common nowadays are not there, nor are there any autonomous driving technology equipped. To put it into simple words, Ferraris were always meant to be driven by a human and not computers. How much do you want to see a self-driving Ferrari? certainly, we don’t. Do we care that it doesn’t have radar cruise control? Absolutely effing not.

2020 Ferrari Portofino Competition

Ferrari Portofino v/s Aston Martin DB11 Volante

The Ferrari is better in terms of power and performance. However, DB11 can be had in a V8 and a V12 which is not possible in the Portofino. Although Aston is fun the Portofino has better driving dynamics with a more responsive chassis and steering. In our opinion, the Aston sounds better than the Ferrari.

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Ferrari Portofino v/s Bentley Continental GT Convertible

If the hunt is for a proper GT car, the Bentley would be the one. It has that level of class and not to mention how much better an interior it has. However, the Ferrari holds a certain flair that the Bentley lacks. Also, the Ferrari is much more agile and exhilarating to drive. But Bentley offers a W12 for a cool $34,000 extra which is the ultimate waft-mobile in our opinion. 

2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Ferrari Portofino v/s Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Now, this is the clash between 2 sportscars. That’s how capable both are. Put the roof down on a spring day or take it to the track on a Sunday, both will not disappoint. It's a hard pick, but since we have to go with one, it’d be the Ferrari, because It’s a Ferrari. It has that certain passion and flair which is just unrivaled. 

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

2020 Ferrari Portofino Final Verdict

7.9/10

A very comfortable GT car. Equally pleasing would be the fact that it has all that you expect from a Ferrari. Good looks, blistering performance, aural pleasures, and the all-important access to the Ferrari owners club. A much smaller hole in the pocket made than otherwise. The 2020 Ferrari Portofino is sure to keep your spirits high and the senses alive.