Ferrari thought about the finer details for the new 2021 Ferrari Portofino M, increasing power and throwing in a new eight-speed gearbox
We thought the Ferrari Portofino was nice enough after our experience – check out the first drive, and week-long test evaluation. Anyhow, Maranello thought it necessary to boost power and fit a new transmission.
Scheduled to go on sale next summer, the new 2021 Ferrari Portofino M, standing for Modificata, will cost around $250,000 with its updated 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Compared to the current 600-horsepower car, the Portofino M delivers 620 horsepower at 7,500rpm thanks to new cams to increase lift and optimise combustion. The maximum turbine revolutions were also increased by 5,000rpm, and the old seven-speed transmission was replaced entirely by a new eight-speed unit, with Ferrari engineers promising smoother urban driving thanks to the improved gear changes from the double-clutch ‘wet’ system (oil bath design, similar to Porsche’s PDK).
Even if this is the entry-level boulevard cruiser from Maranello, the Ferrari Portofino M features a flat-plane crankshaft and a new exhaust which has ditched the two rear silencers. This means more noise, with new oval shaped bypass valves to help with those public disturbance citations.
Ferrari really thought about the details, refining the brake pressure and reducing pedal travel by 10 percent, and improving chassis electronics with an updated sixth-generation SSC system.
In terms of the styling updates, this mid-life facelift includes some new vents at wheelarch height to reduce drag, a slash added to the front bumper, as well as a grille with aluminium slats. At the back the rear diffuser is now a separate element from the bumper, and customers additionally have the option of a new diamond-finish wheel design exclusive to the Portofino M.