Ferrari sharpens the Portofino and presents the end result in the form of the Portofino M. For its second phase of life, the successor to the California T is injected with a dose of Roma genes.
It is 2017 when the Ferrari California T, in turn the facelifted California, finds success in the Portofino. That car is blowing out three candles this year, so it’s time for Ferrari to pull the magic letter ‘M’ off the shelves. That ‘M’ stands for Modificata, the term Ferrari used in the past to include the facelifted 456, the 575M and the latest incarnation of the Testarossa, the F512 M.
The Portofino is introduced as Portofino M to a series of novelties that Ferrari introduced on the Roma. The entry-level Ferrari with steel folding roof is mainly tackled at the front. The Portofino M has a new front bumper. No significant adjustments are made at the rear.
The 3.9-liter eight-cylinder gets power injection. Until recently, the V8 produced 600 hp, but in the Portofino M it produces 620 hp and 760 Nm. This makes the heart of the Portofino M just as powerful as that of the Roma, and therefore stronger than that of the GTC4Lusso T. That is not the only thing. The Portofino M exchanges its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The transmission developed in the basis for the SF90 Stradale also hangs in the Roma and has a 20 percent smaller clutch than that of the seven-speed gearbox in the Portofino. In addition, the transmission has shorter ratios compared to the automatic that replaces it. A sprint to a speed of 100 km / h is completed by the Portofino M in 3.5 seconds. Its top speed is above 320 km / h. Equally interesting are the only 9.8 counts that the Italian needs to hit the 200 km / h.
In the interior, too, the Portofino M distinguishes itself from the original presented in 2017 only in detail. Thus, the Gran Turismo introduced to the manettino with five modes, including the racing mode that the Portofino did not have, new. This racing mode offers, among other things, Side Slip Control, technology that enables controlled drifting. At the bottom of the line, the Portofino M is a notch sportier than its M-less predecessor thanks to a substantial number of Roma upgrades. Nevertheless, extra pampering has also been thought of. Ferrari include ventilated and heated seats on the option list. In contrast to the Roma, you don’t stare at a digital screen in the Portofino M. There are now many similarities between the Portofino M and the Roma, but Ferrari emphasizes that the Portofino M is not the open version of the Roma either. According to the brand, they can co-exist and the cars aim at other customers.