Korea, 28 March 2018 - Ferrari officially launched the Ferrari Portofino, the new V8 convertible GT representing a perfect combination of the versatility and sportiness, in Korea.
The event was held at a cultural complex called 'Sevitseom', uprising landmark on the Han River in a downtown of Seoul, to express the atmosphere of Portofino, a city famous for its beautiful harbor in Italy.
Capable of unleashing a massive 600 hp and sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino, which debuted at the Frankfurt International Motor Show last year, is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a GT car with a retractable hard top which takes 14 seconds to open or close the lid, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space plus two rear seats.
The renowned Ferrari V8 turbo, part of the engine family that was nominated International Engine of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, now punches out 40hp more than previous model. The characteristic Ferrari V8 soundtrack has also been further enhanced and can be fully appreciated, particularly during open airing driving.
Ferrari Portofino is also the first GT in the range to be fitted with EPS (Electric Power Steering). The third generation electronic rear differential (E-Diff3) has been adopted. This allowed the engineers to reduce the steering ratio by seven percent for even more responsive steering without a trade-off in stability thanks to the integration with the E-Diff3. The result is an even more dynamic, responsive car that also delivers superior ride comfort.
The Ferrari Design Centre penned Ferrari Portofino is an aggressively-styled car with a two-box fastback configuration – unprecedented in a coupé-convertible with a retractable hard top - that adds extra sleekness to its silhouette, lending it a sportier character without impinging on its elegance and dynamism. In addition, close collaboration between the Aerodynamics department and Ferrari Design has ensured maximum efficiency in the harmony of aerodynamics, performance and design.
Furthermore, there was also a particular focus on board comfort which is guaranteed by a slew of new features, not least an infotainment system with 10.2” touchscreen display, a new air-conditioning system that improves occupant comfort both with the top up or down, a new steering wheel, 18-way electrically adjustable seats with a new backrest design that boosts legroom for rear seat passengers, and the passenger display. All occupants will particularly appreciate the unique GT convertible with superb performance, riding comfort and versatility with the new wind deflector which, when the top is dropped, cuts air flow inside the cabin by 30% and also reduces aerodynamic noise.
“Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible in Ferrari line-up, with breakthrough evolution in design, performance, and all aspects compared to its predecessor.” said Dieter Knechtel, CEO of the Far East and the Middle East of Ferrari. He added, “Ferrari Portofino combines sportiness, versatility, comfort on board and elegance. I expect that Ferrari Portofino will draw keen attention from Korean customers.”