Ferrari Portofino M makes powertrain, chassis and tech improvements

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Ferrari’s most affordable model, the Portofino, has been upgraded with the introduction of a more powerful and redesigned M variant.The Portofino M (for Modificata, historically used by the brand to denote an evolution of performance) includes a host of technical improvements over the standard model. It is the first Ferrari to be unveiled only online and the first to launch since the closure of Maranello during the pandemic lockdown in Italy.

Starting at € 206,000 (£ 188,000), the Portofino M is just under £ 24,000 more expensive than the standard Portofino. Deliveries are expected to start in mid-2021.

On the outside, the new model has been slightly redesigned compared to the standard Portofino. The changes focus on the front, with a new bumper design for a “sportier and more aggressive” look.

The powertrain tops billing for technical changes to the rival Aston Martin DB11 Volante. In addition to installing a particulate filter to meet future Euro 6d emissions regulations and associated engineering (including a redesigned exhaust) to ensure this does not affect engine noise, the double turbocharger of the Portofino 3.9 liters The V8 went from 592 hp to 612 hp.

A new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox replaces the old seven-speed unit.

The first eight-speed in a Ferrari sunroof, the gearbox has a 20% smaller clutch module and can deliver 35% more torque than the old unit, although the output torque itself is identical. The extra power and eighth gear mean a very slight improvement in the car’s 0-62mph time, from 3.5 seconds to 3.45 seconds. There is a more substantial improvement of 1.0sec over the 0-124mph time, up to 9.8sec.

The Portofino M also incorporates the more expensive Ferrari’s full five-position manettino drive-mode switch, replacing the three-mode element of the standard model. That means it gets a Race Mode which, in combination with Ferrari’s Dynamic Enhancer (which subtly uses the brakes to keep slips under control), is supposed to boost driver engagement.

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