Ferrari recently introduce the updated Ferrari Portofino, named the Ferrari Portofino M. The ‘M’ in the Portofino M stands for ‘Modificata’, which refers to cars that have undergone an evolution that has significantly boosted their performance.
The Ferrari Portofino M will get a whole host of technical innovation such as a redesigned powertrain, a brand-new eight-speed gearbox, and the 5-position Manettino that includes a Race mode.
On the Portofino powertrain, the V8 turbo engine now pushes out 612bhp, which is 20 bhp more than before. This is achieve by having new cam profiles that increase valve lift and optimise combustion chamber filling.
The 8-speed gearbox is a completely new unit compared to the previous 7-speed version and is based on a dual-clutch oil bath architecture. It differs from the SF90 Stradale’s 8-speed transmission in its longer gear ratios and the introduction of a mechanical reverse gear.
The 6th generation Side Slip Control (SSC) integrates E-Diff, F1-TCS, SCM-E Frs and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE) control systems. The biggest upgrade on the SSC for the Portofino M is the addition of Race mode on the Manettino switch. The introduction of Race mode makes the handling and grip of the Portofino M more accessible to the drivers.
On the exterior, the Portofino M gets a new air vent at wheelarch height to reduce the car’s overall drag. There are also new grille design with new aluminium slats with contrasting faceted tips. The new exhaust system has allowed the removal of the silencer assembly, making the Ferrari Portofino M’s tail more compact. The rear diffuser has also been redesigned and is now separated from the bumper.
The last new update on the new Portofino M is the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) which are available as optional for the Ferrari Portofino M. These systems are Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop&Go function for driving in traffic, Predictive Emergency Brake System that can alert the driver to potential collision risks readying the car to lessen the consequences of a frontal impact, Blind Spot Monitoring to alert driver to vehicles in the blind spot, Lane Departure Warning with acoustic and/or visual alert that the car has strayed out of its lane, Automatic High Beam, which automatically turns on and off high beams when driving at night, Traffic Sign Recognition, which constantly displays the speed limits on the particular road/street vehicle, Surround View with 3D display, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which warns driver of moving obstacles hidden in the car’s rear blind spot, when reversing.