Ferrari’s most affordable model, the Portofino, has been upgraded with the introduction of a more powerful, re-engineered M variant.
The Portofino M (standing for Modificata, used historically by the brand to designate an evolution in performance) includes a host of technical enhancements over the standard model. It’s the first Ferrari to be unveiled purely online and the first to launch since Maranello closed during the Italy’s pandemic lockdown.
Priced from €206,000 (£188,000), the Portofino M is just under £24,000 more expensive than the standard Portofino. Deliveries are due to commence in mid-2021.
Externally, the new model has been lightly redesigned over the standard Portofino. Changes are focused on the front end, with a new bumper design for a “sportier and more aggressive” look.
Top of the billing of the technical changes to the Aston Martin DB11 Volante rival is the powertrain. Along with the fitment of a particulate filter to meet the upcoming Euro 6d emissions regulations and associated engineering (including a redesigned exhaust) to ensure that this doesn’t impact engine sound, the Portofino’s twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 has been boosted from 592bhp to 612bhp.
The first eight-speeder in a Ferrari drop-top, the gearbox features a 20%-smaller clutch module and can deliver 35% more torque than the old unit, although the torque output itself is identical. The extra power and eighth ratio means a very slight improvement in the car’s 0-62mph time, down from 3.5sec to 3.45sec. There’s a more substantial 1.0sec improvement on the 0-124mph time, down to 9.8sec.
The Portofino M also brings in the full five-position manettino driving mode switch from pricier Ferraris, replacing the three-mode item of the standard model. That means it gets a Race mode that, in combination with Ferrari’s Dynamic Enhancer (which subtly uses the brakes to keep slides under control), is said to boost driver involvement.
Faster, more agile and perhaps more authentically ‘Ferrari’, but like its predecessor, the Portofino lacks the dynamic sophistication of a great GT car
Furthermore, new optional features have been made available in the form of more advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and comfort features, such as ventilated and heated seats.
Seems that R would be a more appropriate initial than M, because this sounds like the Roma drivetrain dropped wholesale into the Portofino. Will Ferrari price it as such? Or will it be a similar situation to the first gen Boxster/Cayman, where the hardtop cost more despite the deletion of the expensive folding roof?
A couple of hundred grand and a bit, that’s all, if you’ve never owned a Supercar your going to moan about the usual, how much they are, only ponses drive them, well, if your wallet allows, and you like whatever brand you fancy, it’s not my business to tell you what to buy, this car looks nice, I like the gunmetal paintwork, so what if it’s had a Roma transplant, it’ll be faster, in an open top car!
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