The Ferrari Portofino M, the evolution of the Prancing Horse’s 2+ GT spider, the Ferrari Portofino, has been unveiled online. The ‘M’ in its moniker stands for ‘Modificata’, which in Ferrari terminology refers to cars that have undergone an evolution that has significantly improved their performance. The Ferrari Portofino M features a redesigned powertrain, a brand-new eight-speed gearbox and the five-position Manettino that includes a Race mode, an absolute first for a Maranello GT spider. As a result of these and many other new features, the car ensures a combination of authentic GT performance, driving pleasure, agility and exceptional versatility in everyday driving contexts.
The Ferrari Portofino M is powered by the V8 turbo engine that has bben voted “International Engine of the Year” on four consecutive occasions (2016-2019). The power unit can punch out 620 cv at 7,500 rpm, 20 cv more than the Ferrari Portofino. The Ferrari engineers used new cam profiles to increase valve lift and optimize combustion chamber filling. A speed sensor was also added to the turbocharger assembly to measure the turbine revolutions. A Gasoline Particulate Filter has been included in the exhaust system to allow the car to comply with the strictest European anti-pollution standards (Euro-6D) without compromising driving pleasure.
The car is equipped with the new 8-speed gearbox and boasts Variable Boost Management, a control software developed by Ferrari that adjusts torque delivery to suit the gear selected. The result is an increasingly powerful pick-up as revs rise, whilst optimising fuel consumption. The introduction of the eighth gear has resulted in a significant reduction in fuel consumption.
Inside, the Portofino M features a multi-level dashboard structure. The division of the dash into different levels allowed the designers to organise the technical elements and in-car devices to very rational effect while simultaneously defining its signature full-width architecture. A central horizontal aluminum blade divides the instrument panel, air conditioning vents, and passenger display into separate areas in the upper section. The other control functions are located in the scooped section below, with a 10.25” touchscreen at the center.
The seats have an innovative magnesium structure. Different density padding and an ultra-compact seat back profile have freed up space for rear occupants too.