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Ferrari Portofino M provides performance boost

Drop-top features a redesigned powertrain.

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

The new model was revealed today in a completely online-based presentation – the first Ferrari to ever be showcased this way as yet another inevitable result of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The Ferrari 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.

Ferrari Portofino M - interior

However, the Portofino M’s 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 has been raised to 620hp from the standard car’s 600hp. 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% smaller than before, yet can help deliver 35% more torque.

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.

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

Ferrari Portofino M - rear
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Jack Evans
Articles by Jack Evans are provided for The Car Expert by PA Media (formerly the Press Association). They include test drives of the latest new cars and features on various aspects of automotive life.

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