The 'M' stands for Modificata.
We knew the 2021 Ferrari Portofino was in line for a facelift when we spotted a camouflaged test mule driving around Maranello, Italy. Now, Ferrari has revealed the latest version of its entry-level model, called the Portofino M. The letter 'M' in the name is not a nod to BMW's M Division; it is short for 'modificata,' meaning 'altered' in Italian. The Portofino M is altered indeed, sporting various improvements over last year's model.
For starters, the 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine now produces 612 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque, up from 591 hp in the standard Portofino. Ferrari also added another cog in the Portofino's dual-clutch transmission for a total of eight, helping the rear-wheel-drive convertible hit 62 mph in 3.45 seconds and reach a top speed of 198 mph.
It may be the "baby Ferrari," but the Portofino M now features a five-position Manettino switch with a Race mode, a first for one of Ferrari's GT Spider models.
Adjusting the Manettino changes the car's Slide Slip Control (SSC), which calculates the sideslip angle to adjust vehicle dynamic interventions. The SSC utilizes the E-Diff, F1-TCS, SCM-E Frs, and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE) control systems, which can adjust the hydraulic brake pressure at the calipers on all four wheels.
Put into simpler terms, the Portifino M can transform from spirited GT to exhilarating race car with the turn of a dial.
Visually, the Portofino M doesn't look drastically different than the car it replaces. A new grille features aluminum slats in the front, while a new exhaust system allowed Ferrari to remove the silencer assembly, helping to streamline the rear end. The rear diffuser receives a redesign, and diamond-finish wheel rims were created specifically for the Portofino M.
Even after staring at pictures of the old cabin versus the new one, we couldn't tell the two apart. Ferrari says the updated design was created by "subtracting rather than adding volumes," so perhaps the similarity makes sense. A new seat design now features heating and ventilation with neck warmers, and the compact seatback design frees up a bit more room for rear-seat occupants. A 10.25-inch touchscreen handles infotainment duties while the passengers get their own seven-inch screen on the dashboard.
No pricing information was given, but we expect the Portofino M to increase over the price of the original Portofino, which started at $215,000.