What does Ferrari have planned for its entry-level grand tourer?
Last month, Ferrari lifted the wraps off the stunning Daytona SP3. Inspired by 1960s prototype racers like the 330 P3/4, 330 P4, and 412, the Daytona SP3 is the most powerful V12 supercar ever made with a 6.5-liter V12 generating 829 horsepower and 514 lb-ft of torque. On the other side of the spectrum, we have the Ferrari Portofino.
Ferrari's entry-level supercar was given a huge update for the 2021 model year with the launch of the more powerful Portofino M, but it looks like more updates are planned. Ferrari has been caught on video testing a mysterious Portofino prototype on the street.
This is the first time a Portofino prototype has been spied since Ferrari started testing the M version. While the Portofino prototype is partially camouflaged, there are no noticeable styling changes apart from the wheels that have the same design as the Roma's. This could suggest that Ferrari is testing a new handling package for the entry-level Portofino or possibly a more hardcore version. If this is a more hardcore version of the Portofino, it will likely be more powerful than the current M model.
Alternatively, this could be an early test mule for the Porfotino's future successor, but it's difficult to tell at this stage.
For reference, the Portofino M produces 612 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque from a 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
That's enough power to propel the Portofino M from 0-60 mph in 3.45 seconds and reach a top speed of over 198 mph. If Ferrari is cooking up a more potent Portofino, we would expect it to have just under 700 hp, slotting below the F8 Tributo. We would also expect a hardcore to have enhanced aero and retuned suspension. Hopefully, it won't be long until we find out what Ferrari has planned for its entry-level grand tourer.