Ferrari Portofino M revealed: Entry-level convertible gains power boost

2021 Ferrari Portofino M revealed: Entry-level convertible gains power boost

It's a retractable hardtop with a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout which followed the very popular Ferrari California and the California T.

Ferrari has unveiled the Portofino M, which rolls in as a mid-life replacement for the three-year old Portofino.

More than just a performance upgrade, Ferrari is also claiming the Portofino M boasts a "significant reduction in fuel consumption in urban and motorway contexts" however the Prancing Horse is yet to provide an official figure.

Ferrari's head of marketing says the Roma is not almost as closely related to the Portofino M as people seem to think. The front fascia has been ever-so-slightly reshaped, the slits in the front fenders now extend forward of the front wheel arches, and the rear diffuser has been redesigned. Another update is the five-position Manettino that adds a Race mode, an absolute first for a GT spider from Maranello.

"The Portofino M is not the open version of the Roma, exactly as the Roma is not the closed version of the Portofino", Galliera said.

Ferrari says this particulate filter had the potential to reduce the sound of the engine, but counter measures were taken to ensure the exhaust note is at the same level, if not louder, than the preceding Portofino.

The M retains the Portofino's 3.9-liter (3855cc) twin-turbocharged V8, but Ferrari engineers have been able to wring out additional horsepower.

New Ferrari Portofino M confirmed for SA
New Ferrari Portofino M confirmed for SA

The Portofino M's styling largely matches the outgoing Portofino, save for some new fascias at both ends.

The next-generation hardtop improves on its predecessor with added performance and an all-new transmission.

Replacing the previous seven-speed unit, the new gearbox is said to deliver smoother gear changes at low speeds and improved response.

A little over three years later, we already enjoy the online reveal (as is customary these days) of its evolutionary sibling, the Portofino M. While the styling enhancements are nothing to write home about - the open-top brother of the Roma already looked as good as it gets - the same can not be said about the technical upgrades.

Luxuries and driver assistance systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, predictive emergency braking system, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic high beam, traffic sign recognition, surround-view monitor and rear cross-traffic alert are all available as optional extras.

Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 3.45 seconds, a 0-200 km/h time of 9.8 seconds and a 320 km/h top speed.

With the new gearbox sending power to the rear wheels, the vehicle will go from 0 - 100km/h in 3.45 seconds and from 0 - 200km/h in under 10sec.


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