Ferrari has received the “Red Dot: Best of the Best” award for the design of the Portofino, the company’s most recent V8-engined GT car. This is the consecutive fourth year that the Italian brand has received the prize for one of its new models.
A convertible with a retractable hard top, the Portofino was introduced in the autumn of 2017 as a replacement for the ageing California, with the latter having been designed by Pininfarina under the oversight of Ken Okuyama.
“Embodying an impressive evolutionary advancement, the Ferrari Portofino fascinates with an exciting design language. It comes across as a fascinating sculptural statement. The integration of the retractable hardtop presents an optimal solution. The haunting elegance is further underscored by the uncompromising quality in material and workmanship. The Ferrari Portofino is the perfect embodiment of novel approaches that point to the future,” said the international judging panel.
During the ceremony on the 9th of July at the Aalto Theater in Essen, Germany, the jury of international designers also assigned two Red Dot awards for “outstanding design quality” to Ferrari for the 812 Superfast and the FXX K EVO.
The fastest series production model ever from the Prancing Horse at the time of its reveal in early 2017, the 812 Superfast refreshed the formal language of front-engined V12 Ferraris without altering either the exterior dimensions or interior space. Its 6.5-litre V12 engine is encased in a body featuring a distinct fastback silhouette and sharply slanted crease lines.
The hardcore FXX-K Evo, on the other hand, is a track-only supercar based on Maranello’s first hybrid, the street-legal LaFerrari. Unveiled towards the end of last year, the FXX-K Evo features an advanced aero package created by Ferrari’s engineers in unison with the Ferrari Styling Centre’s designers.
The vehicle forms part of the brand’s exclusive “XX” driver development programme that was launched in 2005, and in which select Ferrari owners are invited to take part in six annual track days around the globe, including locations such as the famous Nürburgring.