Ferrari boosts Portofino performance with new M variant

Ferrari has introduced a new, more powerful version of its Portofino convertible.

Badged M, the new model was revealed today in a completely online-based presentation – the first Ferrari to ever be showcased this way.

Ferrari Portofino M
The Portofino marks the entry point into Ferrari’s range of cars

The Portofino M (which stands for Modificata, a moniker historically used by the firm to showcase models with upgraded performance) receives light exterior upgrades with a new bumper design being one of the largest changes.

However, the Portofino M’s 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 has been raised to 612bhp from the standard car’s 592bhp. Driving it to the rear wheels is an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which replaces the older seven-speed component. The new gearbox incorporates a clutch module which is 20 per cent smaller than before, yet can help deliver 35 per cent more torque.

A voyage of rediscovery: the #FerrariPortofinoM is an authenticcoupé with its top closed and a genuine spider when it is open, making en plein air driving an enhanced experience that is ideal for any occasion or setting.

— Ferrari North Europe (@FNEPR) September 16, 2020

A new Manettino switch has also been fitted to the Portofino M, bringing five individual driver modes instead of the previous car’s three. A new Race mode is included which allows the car to adjust the brake pressure on all four wheels, allowing slides to be kept under control without forsaking driver involvement. Drivers have Wet, Comfort, Sport, Race and ESC-Off selections to choose from.

Ferrari Portofino M
The interior of the car now features a five-mode Manettino switch

Though Ferrari has yet to disclose any performance figures, expect these changes to help reduce acceleration times. Prices for the new Portofino M are due to be released shortly but expect them to be higher than the regular car’s £166,180 starting price.

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