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2018 Ferrari Portofino review - verdict

With 591bhp, a 199mph top speed and a the ability to lose its roof, does the Ferrari Portofino manage to be both a sports car and grand tourer?

Words By Nic Cackett

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Ferrari Portofino

The Portofino tries to cover so many bases that it was all but inevitable that it would not succeed across the board.

For it to have been a superlative all-rounder in the established grand tourer mould, Ferrari would likely have had to dial back on the immersive handling, and that would have meant handicapping the Ferrari-style thrill that its customers presumably identified as crucial.

So instead, the Portofino has been delivered as a sharper, speedier prospect with a prettier design and a more usable interior. Better than the California T, in other words, and a more respectable entry into the Ferrari experience.

However, if you're looking for something to cross a continent in or whisk you about in completely unruffled style, there are superior options available.

What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5

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Price Β£166,180 Engine 8cyl, 3855cc, petrol Power 591bhp at 7500rpm Torque 561lb ft at 3000-5250rpm Gearbox 7-spd automatic 0-62mph 3.5sec Top speed 199mph Official economy 26.4mpg CO2, tax band 245g/km, 37%

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