Al Tayer Motors, the UAE’s official Ferrari importer-dealer, staged a preview of the Portofino, for clients prior to the new V8 Grand Tourer’s regional launch at the Dubai International Motor Show. The chic event, held at The Jetty Lounge, One & Only Royal Mirage in Dubai, was designed to capture the ambience of the beautiful Italian town after which it is named. Some 200 guests gathered on this beach-front lounge to mingle in an exclusive setting whilst previewing Maranello’s latest addition to its legendary stage. The event was hosted by Mr. Dieter Knechtel, Chief Executive Officer – Far East & Middle East, Ferrari, who welcomed guests with a warm address, before allowing the Portofino to take centre stage.
Ferrari has chosen a particularly evocative name for this exceptionally versatile drop-top car. Portofino is renowned for its charming tourist port and, over the years, has become internationally synonymous with elegance, sportiness and understated luxury. The launch colour of the new Ferrari has also been dedicated to this marvellous town: Rosso Portofino. Capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hard top, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space plus two rear seats suitable for short trips. The Ferrari Portofino’s all-new chassis features a significant weight saving over the California T it replaces. Thanks to the extensive use of modern production technologies, all the chassis and body-in-white components have been redesigned with a consequent reduction in weight despite an increase in torsional rigidity.