Published: Fri, September 18, 2020
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Ferrari Portofino M Brings More Power And Tech To "Entry-Level" Convertible

Ferrari Portofino M Brings More Power And Tech To

Those of you who know Ferrari's model history will know that the company often introduces an M, or "modificata" model halfway through a model's life and they're often the ones to look out for.

After the unveiling of the Portofino-based Roma coupe late previous year, it was only a matter of time before Ferrari upgraded the convertible model as well, seeing as the fixed-top auto brought a series of upgrades. Along with a new rear diffuser that is now separate from the bumper, this provides for a tauter-looking rear end.

Ferrari has unveiled a new GT model in the 2021 Portofino M, a so-called "evolution" of the Italian marque's existing entry-level, hardtop convertible, the Portofino.

The Portofino's 3.9 litre F154 BB twin-turbo V8 has been given a set of modifications, essentially bringing it to BE specification.

GoAuto has contacted Ferrari Australia for confirmation as to when we can expect to see the Portofino M in local showrooms with pricing also yet to be announced.

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Speaking to the global media during an online Q&A session attended by CARmag.co.za, Enrico Galliera, Ferrari's chief commercial and marketing officer, said it was "very important" he clarified the differences between the two models. The 0-62 miles per hour time is a claimed 3.45 seconds (down from 3.5 seconds) and the top speed, just as with the Portofino, is claimed to be in excess of 199 miles per hour.

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.

But perhaps the most major upgrade to the Portofino M is the new 8-speed wet (oil bath) dual clutch that replaces the 7-speed DCT.

As one would expect, the increase in power has yielded some notable improvements in performance, especially in the dash from 0-200km/h, with the Portofino M stopping the clock in 9.8 seconds, a full second faster than its predecessor.

With the extra power and extra ratio of the transmission, the Portofino M's performance over the Portofino is improved but only slightly. This has also been accompanied 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.


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