Voyage of Rediscovery: Introducing Ferrari’s newest arrival, the Portofino M
On September 16, 2020, Ferrari introduced its newest addition to the Ferrari model range, the Ferrari Portofino M.
The Ferrari Portofino M: A Constantly Evolving Story
The Portofino M follows the previous Portofino that was released in 2017. The Portofino M features the legendary ‘M’ suffix, which stands for Modificata or modified. This evolution of the Ferrari Portofino features an array of new technical and design features. New for the Portofino M is an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a five-position Manettino. This is a first for a Ferrari GT convertible.
The Ferrari Portofino M: Evolving Power
The Ferrari Portofino M’s engine belongs to the family of V8 turbo engines that won “International Engine of the Year” four times in a row. The 3.9L engine has upgraded to reach 612 horsepower from the Portofino’s original 592 horsepower. In addition, the new Portofino M can go 0-62 mph in 3.45 seconds.
Evolving Charisma and Character
Ferrari was very cautious when redesigning the new Ferrari Portofino. The original Portofino had a positive reception. The latest update features resculpted air vents in the front bumper and a newly designed rear bumper. Fortunately, the Portofino M maintains its alluring overall shape and proportions as a four-seat grand tourer. The folding hardtop that can be raised or lowered in 15 seconds at speeds up to 25 mph.
Evolving Driving Pleasure
Ferrari engineers installed the five-position Manettino to make the Portofino M’s handling and grip even more accessible by extending the setting ranges with the addition of the Race position. Supported by the introduction of the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, that position focuses on maximizing driving pleasure. Check out the video below to watch Development Test Driver and Engineer, Raffaele de Simone get behind the wheel and take the newest Ferrari model on the track.
The Ferrari Portofino M’s multi-level dashboard comprises of an upper half and an immediate gap designed to lighten the mass of the lower half. The designers broke up the dash into different levels so they could organize the in-car devices for a rational effect while also defining a signature full-width architecture. The 10.25-inch touchscreen is housed in the center section of the multi-level dashboard.
The Ferrari Portofino M’s seats are the product of a special research project. Moreso, the seats are made of an innovative magnesium structure. Different density padding and an ultra-compact seatback profile provide ample space for rear occupants. The Ferrari Portofino M also has available three-level ventilation for the sear and backrest. There is even a neck warmer for use in the winter months. Interestingly, the system constantly adapts the speed of the warm airflow from the headrest to ensure it is proportional to the car’s speed, outside temperature, and the use of the retractable top.
Portofino M ADAS
The Portofino M also has optional advanced driver assistance systems available:
- Adaptive Cruise Control: with Stop&Go function for driving in traffic
- Automatic High Beam: automatically turns on and off high beams when driving at night
- Blind Spot Monitoring: alerts driver to vehicles in the blind spot
- Lane Departure Warning: acoustic and/or visual alert that the car has strayed out of its lane
- Predictive Emergency Brake System: alerts the driver to potential collision risks readying the car to lessen the consequences of a frontal impact
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert: warns the driver of moving obstacles hidden in the car’s rear blind spot when reversing
- Surround View: with 3D display
- Traffic Sign Recognition: constantly displays the speed limits on the road/street vehicle is on
Consequently, the Portofino M will replace the Portofino in the Ferrari model range. Ferrari has yet to release timing and pricing for the United States. Contact Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale, the biggest Ferrari dealer in South Florida, for more information.
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