It replaced the former Ferrari California T in the convertible segment. The Portofino kept the retractable hard-top concept for the 2017 model, even if it is heavier than a regular soft-top. The main advantage is that it can be shaped better. So, the car looked great regardless of the top was open or closed.
Inside, there is somehow difficult to understand why the Portofino had seats in the back since there was room only for very small children. Maybe for some taxation rules which, in some countries, are higher if a car has two seats.
The dashboard had two small displays for various information about the car and a big tachometer in the middle. The main switch-holder was the steering wheel. Even the turn-signals were on it, besides the start/stop button, the manettino switch for driving modes and buttons for the audio system.
But, there is no doubt, that the most important part of the car was under the hood. Even though the Portofino was the most affordable Ferrari at the time of launch, its performance was better than those of a Ferrari 456 from only 10 years ago. The twin-turbo V8 under the hood offered 600 hp and 760 Nm (560.5 lb-ft) of torque. It was mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. In the end, the Portofino was a GT, but with supercar performance.