The latest evolution of the polished Prancing Horse GT 2+ Spider is unveiled and the Portofino M is packed with advancements that enhances its extreme resourcefulness and the sheer pleasure of en plein air driving. Also the brand new technical content includes a mighty 620 cv V8 turbo, 5-position Manettino with Race mode, and an impressive new 8-speed gearbox.
This Ferrari Portofino M is known as the evolution of the Prancing Horse’s 2+ GT spider, the Ferrari Portofino, was unveiled on the 16th of September. For the very first-time in the Maranello marque’s 70-year-plus history, the vehicle’s premiere was done entirely online. There was a build-up to the unveiling that included of sending out numerous of newsletters to clients in the few past weeks before the actual unveiling and at the end of these few weeks they were also granted access to a platform filled with exclusive and élite videos that explained the concept behind this vehicle in detail, along with its redesigning in terms of style and its primary technical content.
This Portofino M is the first and foremost Ferrari to be presented since the company’s temporary closure due to Covid-19, thus earning its status and symbol of being a voyage of rediscovery. It is significant in (re)starting Prancing Horse’s goal to innovate all while fully respecting its heritage, passion and constant chase for perfection. All of these mentioned values are revealed in the new Portofino M with the ‘M’ in its name stands for ‘Modificata’, which in Ferrari terminology, means vehicles that have undergone an evolution to boost their performance.
There is certainly no short comings in terms of technical innovation in this remarkable new evolution of the Ferrari Portofino, include the redesigned powertrain, a brand-new eight-speed gearbox and a five-position Manettino that includes a Race mode, that is a very first for a Maranello GT spider. As a result of these and many other new features found on the Portofino M promises a completely exceptional combination of authentic GT performance, driving pleasure, agility and outstanding versatility in daily driving.
Speaking of its powertrain, the Portofino M’s 3855 cc engine that fits to the V8 turbo family voted “International Engine of the Year” on four consecutive occasions, has been optimised to deliver 620 cv at 7,500 rpm, in fact 20 cv more than the Ferrari Portofino, its predecessor. It also flaunts its completely redesigned eight-speed gearbox instead of the seven-speed version found on the previous model. It is also the first eight-speed to be fitted on an open-top Ferrari and is based on the dual-clutch oil bath architecture with a 20% smaller clutch module and 35% higher torque distribution.
In terms of vehicle dynamics, the introduction of the five-position Manettino, another first for a Prancing Horse GT spider. Its aim is to further improve the Ferrari Portofino’s already outstanding handling and traction thanks to its Race mode. Sustained by the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, this Race mode centers its focus on maximising sheer driving pleasure and fun behind the wheel.
The technological evolution of this model can be seen visually by the new design of the front and the bumpers that are sportier and more defined. You will find a sense of harmony of expression both inside and out in forms that are sharper and then softer and more flowing sometimes.
This latest design and engineering work of art from the Prancing Horse is the ideal evolution of the Ferrari Portofino. Sportier than its predecessor, it also offers superior handling all while maintaining and enhancing on-board comfort, thanks to specific new optional features, that include ADAS, and ventilated and heated comfortable seats. The Ferrari Portofino M thus preserves its predecessor’s twin soul and is the only vehicle that can truly be described as an authentic coupé with its top closed and a genuine spider when it is open, with its Retractable Hard Top (RHT), the signature feature of all the Prancing Horse’s convertibles.
The Portofino M’s solid dimensions also make it well-suited for any occasion. Thus making every trip into a voyage of (re)discovery, due to its extraordinary versatility and on-board comfort.
Ferrari Portofino M- A summary of its Technical Specifications:
Type V8 - 90° turbo
Total displacement 3855 cc
Bore and stroke 86.5 mm x 82 mm
Max power output* 456 kW (620 CV) at 5750 - 7500 rpm
Max torque 760 Nm at 3000 ÷ 5750 rpm
Its weight and dimensions:
Length 4594 mm
Width 1938 mm (2020 mm with wing mirrors)
Height 1318 mm
Wheelbase 2670 mm
Dry weight** 1545 kg
Max speed > 320 km/h
0-100 km/h 3.45 s
0-200 km/h 9.8 s
Its fuel consumption / CO2 emissions
* With 98 RON petrol
**With lightweight optional content