Ferrari Portofino M Brings More Power And Tech To "Entry-Level" Convertible

Andrew Cummings
September 18, 2020

To match the enhanced performance and differentiate it from the outgoing Portofino, the new M brandishes a couple of its own unique styling cues created to subtly up its sense of aggression and sportiness.

In terms of dimensions, the new Ferrari Portofino M boasts a length of 4 594mm, a width of 1 938mm (2020mm with wing mirrors), a height of 1 318 plus a wheelbase of 2670mm. Along with a new rear diffuser that is now separate from the bumper, this provides for a tauter-looking rear end.

The grille features new aluminium slats with contrasting faceted tips.


Speaking to the global media during an online Q&A session attended by CARmag.co.za, Enrico Galliera, Ferrari's chief commercial and marketing officer, said it was "very important" he clarified the differences between the two models.

The rear bumper itself meanwhile has been made more compact courtesy of a new exhaust system devoid of any prominent silencing assemblies, also helping to up the aural stakes when driving. The styling is more in harmony with the front bumper for a "much more coherent overall aesthetic", according to Ferrari.

With the extra power and extra ratio of the transmission, the Portofino M's performance over the Portofino is improved but only slightly.


There's a similar story inside, with Ferrari making the most discreet updates. With the exception of new color combinations and updated materials, the Portofino M's cabin looks exactly like before. Output increases to 612 horsepower, an additional 20 prancing horses compared to the current Portofino's 592 ponies. As with the Roma, the V8 engine is hooked to the SF90 Stradale-derived eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The other big change of note is the inclusion of the Roma's "Race" driving mode - a first for a convertible Ferrari GT auto.

Performance stats improve when you consider the 0-200km/h sprint time, which is 9.8 seconds in the Portofino M, compared with 10.8 seconds in the Portofino.


Drivers also are assisted by an enhanced suite of tech helpers, which now includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view camera system, traffic-sign recognition, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability.

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