ltal Auto, official dealer for Ferrari in Singapore, unveiled the Ferrari Portofino, which debuted at the Frankfurt International Motor Show last year, to Singaporean clients on Thursday, 26th April, 2018.
Representing the perfect combination of luxury, versatility and on-board comfort, the Ferrari Portofino is the new GT set to dominate its segment. After the global debut in Frankfurt, the unveiling in Singapore where Ferrari’s GT model line-up has achieved great success, was much-awaited. Over 200 VIPs, including the Ferrari Owner’s Club Singapore, Ferrari owners, their guest and special members of the press, gathered to see this latest model .
The event opened with champagne, tapas and cocktails, and a welcome speech by Ital Auto General Manager, Mr Jeremy Gaw. The event reached its climax when the car coloured in the sophisticated Bianco ltalia was unveiled. The Guests of Honour, Italian Ambassador to Singapore, H.E. Mr Raffaele Langella, and CEO of Ferrari Far and Middle East, Mr Dieter Knechtel, unveiled the car with a specially crafted video and presentation.
For this particular occasion, FOC Sentosa was awash in neon lights and hard-pumping beats, utilizing the latest technology to show the high performance via emotional visuals and sound. The guests enjoyed the talents of a renowned DJ and Singapore’s very own Urban Drum Crew: performances that set excitement aflame.
The Ferrari Portofino was named after one of the most attractive towns located in Riviera in the Liguria Region. Portofino has long been known to the world as a symbol of scenic beauty embracing elegance and unique nobility. Bearing the name of the town , the Ferrari Portofino has become the most versatile GT car.
Powered by the Ferrari V8 turbo, a member of the engine family that won the International Engine of the Year Award in 2016 and 2017 consecutively, the new car boasts an ability to punch out 600cv and to sprint from 0-100 km/ h in just 3.5 seconds. Due to the adoption of new components and the calibration of the engine management software, the output power increased by 40cv from the California T power unit. Thanks to further tuning, the characteristic Ferrari V8 soundtrack can be fully appreciated in open-top driving.
The Ferrari Portofino is also an aggressively-styled car with a two-box fastback configuration – unprecedented in a coupe-convertible with a retractable hard top. This successfully adds extra sleekness to its silhouette, highlighting a sportier character.
This Ferrari model is designed for enjoying daily driving and converts from an authentic Berlinetta into an open-top Spider in just 14 seconds even in low-speed driving. With a brilliant marriage of design, performance, and technology, and with various advantageous features- retractable hard top, spacious trunk, ample passenger space, and two rear seats suitable for a short trip- the new model is perfect for any occasion.
Its vehicle dynamic characteristics have been completely revised . For the first time on this type of Ferrari model, third-generation electronic rear differential (E-Diffs) has been integrated with the F1-Trac, improving both mechanical g rip and the control of the car to the limit. The Ferrari Portofino is also the first GT in this range to be fitted with EPS (Electric Power Steering) The integration of the EPS and the E-Diff3 reduced the steering ratio by 7% for even more responsive steering without a trade-off in stability at high-speed driving. Thanks to the adoption of dual-coil technology, the magnetorheological damping system (SCM-E) has been upgraded, helping to reduce roll while contributing to improving absorption of road surface unevenness. The result is an even more dynamic, responsive car that also delivers superior ride comfort.
The new car also focuses on on-board comfort and this is achieved by a slew of new features – an infotainment system with a 10.2″ touchscreen display, a new air-conditioning system that improves passenger comfort either with the top up or down, a new steering wheel , 18- way adjustable electric-powered seats with a new backrest design that boosts legroom for rear seat passengers, and the passenger display. All passengers will highly appreciate the new wind deflector which can cut airflow inside the cabin by 30% and reduces aerodynamic noise in open-top driving.
The Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible car that Ferrari has ever produced.