My Ferrari Portofino journey started after visiting a local Ferrari dealer, Graypaul Nottingham in July 2017. I had test driven a Ferrari 458 an F12 and a California T but I decided neither car was right for me. It was at this time that I was told by the sales specialist that a new replacement for the California was going to be announced within the next few months and this grabbed my attention.
On 23rd August 2017, I received an email from Graypaul Nottingham revealing the California replacement, the Portofino, and it looked amazing. I rang the sales specialist that day and placed my order.
At the end of November I attended the UK Premiere launch of the Portofino in London. The Portofino looked as good, if not better in the flesh than in the pictures and I was smitten.
On the 23rd April 2018, I flew to Maranello to my Atelier appointment. I was lucky enough to be able to select a number of options that were unavailable to the dealers at that time as well as a couple of Atelier only options. In mid-May my specification was confirmed with the expected delivery of October 2018.
In February 2018 the Portofino reviews started emerging from the press. Almost all the reports confirmed how much better the Portofino was than the California it replaced and that it was indeed a proper Ferrari.>
Hellishly fast, ultra-stylish integration of coupe and convertible, beautifully designed and made.by Top Gear
In July 2018 I actually drove the Ferrari Portofino for the first time. The route driven was pre-selected and the event was rather lacklustre and a little disappointing as there was no opportunity to enjoy the cars performance.
Due to various delays from Ferrari my car was not delivered until February 2019, and it took another month for it to be prepared for delivery as I wanted it completely PPF wrapped by Topaz in London.
Finally, on 25th March 2019 I took delivery of my Portofino and have enjoyed every moment of ownership.
The Ferrari Portofino specification is as follows: