With the 2021 Ferrari Portofino M, the Italian supercar maker wants potential clients to rediscover the fun of driving. Ferrari has updated its ‘entry model’ 2+2 GT car and has given it more power, more technology, and a host of technical innovations.
The ‘M’ in the new Portofino M stands for ‘Modificata’ or ‘modified’. In Ferrari-speak, the M terminology is accompanied by some hi-tech stuff to improve performance. The new Portofino M remains standard with a 3.8-liter turbocharged V8 motor. But now, the engine has a flat-plane crankshaft, a speed sensor in the turbocharger, a new variable boost management software, and louder exhausts.
The result is nothing short of amazing. The new Ferrari Portofino M is good for 612 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque, same output as the Ferrari Roma. This is up from the previous 598 horsepower of a standard Portofino. The engine is mated to a new rear-mounted 8-speed ‘wet’ dual-clutch automatic transmission featuring a lighter clutch module, (20-percent smaller yet capable of harnessing 35-percent more torque), a more powerful gearbox ECU, longer gear ratios in the higher gears, and optimized gear changes to deliver immediate yet smoother shifts.
In terms of styling, the new Portofino M boasts of subtle changes including resculpted air vents in the front bumper, a new rear bumper with a separate rear diffuser, and diamond-finish wheels. It still has a folding hardtop roof that raises or lowers in around 15 seconds at speeds up to 25 mph.
Meanwhile, the driver gets to hold a new steering wheel with a five-mode mannetino selector. It now has Race mode to go along with Wet. Comfort, Sport, and ESC-OFF driving modes. Also new in the 2021 Ferrari Portofino M are optional heated and ventilated seats.
Generally speaking, the cockpit design remains untouched with twin TFT displays and a center analog tachometer in the instrument console, a 10.3-inch center touchscreen infotainment display, and an available 7.0-inch touchscreen for the front passenger. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are also available along with advanced driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and a surround-view monitor with a 3D display, among others.
Ferrari is also offering a 7-year maintenance program for the 2021 Portofino M, including regular maintenance intervals every 20,000 km (12,427 miles) or once a year with no mileage restrictions. The Ferrari Portofino M arrives at European dealerships in the spring of 2021. Base prices are expected to start at around $240,000 when it arrives in the USA later next year.