Entry-level Ferrari gets more power from V8 and claims better handling with its new eight-speed gearbox.
The most affordable model of Ferrari, the Portofino, has been upgraded with the arrival of a more powerful, re-engineered M variant.
Ferrari Portofino M Review
Ferrari’s Portofino M includes a host of technical enhancement and advancement over the standard model
It is however the first Ferrari car to be unveiled totally online. And also the first to launch since Maranello closed during the lockdown caused by the Pandemic.
The Ferrari Portofino is however priced from 206,000 euros which are also 188,000 pounds. Meanwhile, you should know that the Portofino M is just 24,000 pounds above the standard Portofino. And deliveries for the car are meant to commence in mid-2021.
The model has been slightly reconstructed over the standard Portofino on the external parts. The changes made on it are focused on the front-end. As it has a new bumper design for a “Sportier and more aggressive look” look.
Ferrari Portofino’s powertrain
The powertrain Ferrari Portofino M is the top of the billing of the technical changes to the Aston Martin DB11 Volante rival. The Portofino’s twin-turbocharged 3.9 liter V8 has been elevated from 592 hp to 612 hp. Along with the fitment of a particulate filter to match the upcoming Euro 6d emissions regulations and associated engineering (with a redesigned exhaust inclusive). And this is to ensure that this doesn’t impact engine sound.
It has a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that replaces the old seven-speed unit.
Its gearbox features a 20% smaller clutch module and also can deliver 35% more torque compared to the old unit. But the torque output itself is however identical. The eight-speed dual-clutch and the extra power reduced its mph from 3.5 sec to 3.45 sec.
The Ferrari Portofino M meanwhile also brings in the full five-position manettino driving mode switch from more costly Ferraris. Thereby replacing the three-mode item of the standard model.
In addition, the new optional features have been made available in the form of more “advanced driver assistance systems” (ADAS). And also comfort features such as heated and ventilated seats.