Looking proper in yellow. Photograph from Ferrari Philippines
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Ferrari's new Portofino is easily one of the most beautiful cars in the Philippines

Autostrada Motore launches the all-new Ferrari Portofino.
Vince Pornelos | Nov 03 2018

Beauty is in the beholder’s eye—or so they say.

But once in a while, we get something beautiful to every beholder. And in this case, it just so happens to be the Portofino.

A new Ferrari waiting to be unveiled.

Named after the picturesque seaside town in the Italian Riviera, the Portofino is the latest model to come out of Maranello, the home of Ferrari. And now, it's here in the Philippines.

At a grand event at The Cove in Okada Manila, Autostrada Motore, the official dealer of Ferrari in the country, revealed the brand's latest masterpiece. Over a hundred VIP guests, customers, motoring personalities and celebrities graced the Philippine premiere of the Ferrari Portofino, a grand tourer that promises the utmost in design, performance, and ultimately, driving excitement.

Okada's Cove hosted the Portofino's lively launch festivities.

The launch itself was led by Autostrada executives with Mr. Wellington Soong at the helm, together with Autostrada Managing Directors Marc Soong and Jason Soong.

“We are glad to announce that the new Portofino is now available from Ferrari Philippines,” said Mr. Wellington Soong, the president of Autostrada Motore. “This new Prancing Horse will take the sensation of racing and performance driving to an entirely new level.”

Wellington Soong welcomes the Portofino to the Ferrari Philippines family
Marc Soong, Wellington Soong, Dennis Uy, Dieter Knetchel, and Jason Soong

They were joined by Ferrari executives from the regional office, led by Mr. Dieter Knetchel of Ferrari Far & Middle East. But beyond the sensational Portofino, Autostrada Motore also announced a new partnership with Udenna, led by Phoenix Petroleum's Dennis A. Uy. The new alliance promises to enhance the presence of the Ferrari brand in the Philippines.

The Portofino is a grand tourer, in the classic sense. The long elegant hood, the sloping fastback silhouette, and classic rear wheel drive are the hallmarks of this great GT bearing the highly coveted Ferrari emblem on the fenders.

The Portofino's looks were penned at the Ferrari Design Center in close collaboration with their Aerodynamics department to create a GT that wasn't just fantastic to look at, but exceptional in the way it slices through the air and disperses heat from the engine. The numbers tell quite a story: the Portofino has a 6% improvement in aerodynamic drag over its predecessor. But just when most of us would think that the Portofino was simply a sports car, it actually had another trick that opens up to the world: the top can drop.

Marc Soong opening up the top.

The Portofino is the heir to the Ferrari California, meaning it's a convertible best enjoyed with the roof retracted. The sensations of open-top driving are indeed unparalleled, especially if the weather is perfect, and the company on the passenger seat is as cool as this ride.  

Powering the Ferrari Portofino is a 591 horsepower twin-turbocharged V8. The 3.9-liter F154 engine located under that long bonnet is one of the world's best, winning back-to-back accolades at the International Engine of the Year Awards. Matched with an improved version of Ferrari's 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox, the Portofino can achieve supercar-levels of acceleration: you'll dust off 100 km/h from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds, and go on to 200 km/h in just 10.8 seconds. You want top speed? The Portofino can do 320 km/h, but you may need a racetrack or a private, closed-off airstrip to do it.

Do you need an invitation to sit inside?

The interior has been handcrafted by Ferrari to deliver a driving experience that far exceeds its predecessor. There's a unique symmetry in the way the cabin was designed, which marries high tech and luxury—the trademark toys of Ferrari. They also improved several key fundamentals about the cabin such as style, passenger space, and overall comfort.

Of course, being a Ferrari, expect nothing less than the best in premium materials such as leather and trim pieces, up to and including carbon fiber. And if there's anything else you'd like installed, every Ferrari can be tailor-made to your desires—just be prepared with the checkbook and a bit of patience as they build and ship it from their factory in Maranello.

Ferrari executives pose with the new Portofino.

The Ferrari Portofino is now ready to meet your expectations at Autostrada Motore in Bonifacio Global City. You can make inquiries online or over the phone, but we have a feeling they would prefer the pleasure of your company.