If you are a fan of Ferrari, this is a big one. The prancing horse has reinvented a much-loved classic, complete for a new era of performance luxury. Enter; the Ferrari Portofino M, the evolution of the GT spider. Unveiled in Maranello, the new car is the first Ferrari to be revealed since the auto giant temporarily closed due to the pandemic.
As a result Ferrari is touting the new Portofino M as a voyage of rediscovery. “It is the (re)starting point for Prancing Horse’s pursuit of innovation whilst fully respecting its heritage, passion and constant search for perfection,” Ferrari said. “All of these values are reflected in the new Portofino M with the ‘M’ in its moniker standing for ‘Modificata’, which in Ferrari nomenclature refers to cars that have undergone an evolution that has boosted their performance.”
Where the Ferrari Portofino M differs from some of the other releases in the lineup is the redesigned powertrain. The new convertible cops an eight-speed gearbox and a five-position Manettino that for the first time includes a Race mode. It’s a huge innovation for Ferrari. The Portofino M’s twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 petrol engine has now been optimised to unlock 620 cv at 7,500 rpm – 20 cv more than the stock-standard Ferrari Portofino. Even better, the new eight-speed gearbox has a 20 per cent smaller clutch module and 35 per cent higher torque delivery.
As you would probably expect, the increase in power cut the Portofino M’s 0-200km/h time to an admirable 9.8 seconds, a full second faster than its predecessor. Despite the bump, the 0-100km/h time of 3.5 seconds remains unchanged, along with the 320km/h top speed.
While the technical aspects of the car do confirm Ferrari’s desire to reinstall a bit more grunt in the lineup, we can’t help but feel this one is for the driving enthusiasts. The addition of Race Mode offers improved handling and traction, which fans noted was something that previous incarnation had been desperately lacking.
As with all Ferrari models, the Portofino M is one outrageously good-looking car. Decidedly more sporty and aggressive, this new addition cops a series of new design cues, primarily at the rear of the car. While the front appears relatively unchanged, the rear has a completely redesigned diffuser, now fitted independently of the rear bumper allowing. It’s an element that not only adds to the aggressive stance but also allows customers to specify a new carbon-fibre unit for an even more aggressive look.
Whatever your opinion, the newest release for Ferrari raises the bar in a completely different way, adding new elements to the mix. The new Ferrari Portofino M is expected to land in Australia in mid-2021, with pricing likely to start from around AUD$200,000.