Ferrari reveals a refreshed version called Portofino M, which gains the Roma’s 612 HP (620 PS / 456 kW) powertrain as well as exterior and interior styling tweaks.
The Portofino M styling largely matches the outgoing Portofino, save for some new fascias at both ends. However, the car’s mechanicals have been upgraded to match the spec of the related Roma coupe.
It’s the first time a convertible Ferrari has used an eight-speed gearbox, a unit that has a 20-percent smaller clutch module and 35 percent higher torque delivery than the transmission it replaces.
Out back, the new exhaust system has allowed the removal of the silencer assembly, making the Portofino M’s tail more compact. As a result, the rear bumper is now more streamlined and sculptural. The styling is more in harmony with the front bumper for a “much more coherent overall aesthetic,” according to Ferrari.
Thankfully, Ferrari was more generous with the technical part, giving the refreshed convertible the same powertrain from the Roma. That’s a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft making 612 HP (620 PS / 456 kW) at 5,750 – 7,500 rpm and 760 Nm (560 lb-ft) of torque at 3,000 – 5,750 rpm.
Even though it’s labeled as the “entry-level” model in the Italian stable, the Portofino M is still very much a Ferrari when it comes to performance. It needs merely 3.45 seconds to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill and will do 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) in 9.8 seconds before topping out at more than 199 mph (320 km/h). The extra power and quicker gearbox have slashed a full second from the 0-124 mph run, while the 0 to 62 mph task is achieved marginally quicker than before (0.05 seconds). The top speed has remained unchanged.
To enhance the car’s GT nature, Ferrari is offering new optional features, including ventilated and heated seats along with a variety of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).