Maranello / The evolution of the Ferrari Portofino–Prancing Horse’s 2+ GT spider–the Ferrari Portofino M, was unveiled on Wednesday. The new car’s premiere took place entirely online, in a move unprecedented in the Maranello marque’s 70-year-plus history. Clients were given access to a platform containing exclusive videos illustrating the concept behind the car, its restyling and the main technical contents.

Making it the symbol of a voyage of rediscovery in the wake of the company’s temporary closure due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Portofino M is the first Ferrari to be presented online. Voted “International Engine of the Year” on four consecutive occasions (2016-2019), the Ferrari Portofino M’s 3855cc engine belongs to the V8 turbo family.

20 cv more than the Ferrari Portofino, the power unit of this machine can punch out 620 cv at 7,500 rpm. To increase valve lift and optimise combustion chamber filling, the Ferrari engineers used new cam profiles. To measure the turbine revolutions, a speed sensor was also added to the turbocharger assembly. This increased the maximum revolutions per minute of the turbine by 5,000 rpm.

Incorporating an algorithm that delivers an estimate in real time of the side slip angle to the various on-board control systems, the Portofino M sports the vehicle dynamics control system known as Side Slip Control (SSC). As the systems are all integrated using shared data, the SSC coordinates all the vehicle dynamic interventions. The various elements treated as part of a single whole and built on the success of the Portofino design, the new Ferrari Portofino M’s harmonious styling is the product of a global approach to design.

The general arrangement of the volumes and lines of the cabin is stylistically consistent. The front, flanks and tail are part of a single seamlessly sculptural design in the bodywork. Occupants will appreciate how compact and organic the whole car feels as with the top down, the Portofino M reveals its stylish GT soul.

To ensure the formal and functional coherency between the car’s exterior and its interior, weight reduction and occupancy space, the Styling Centre team began by pinpointing certain specific prerequisites essential to the success of the design.

Designed to lighten the perceived mass of the lower half, the crafting of the interior began with a multi-level dashboard structure comprising an upper half and then an intermediate gap.

Arranged in a generous circular, anti-glare binnacle, the Ferrari Portofino M’s HMI (Human-Machine Interface) centres on a digital cluster with dual TFT displays. This cluster allows the driver to interact more easily and intuitively, both visually and physically, with the car by delivering optimal driving feedback and is located on exactly the same axis as the multifunctional steering wheel.

The extended seven-year maintenance programme offered with the Ferrari Portofino M, underpin the Ferrari’s unparalleled quality standards and increasing focus on customer service.

Below are the five positions on the Ferrari Portofino M’s Manettino and their respective performance goals:

PositionPerformance goal
WetMaximum stability and control
ComfortNormal use on dry roads
SportSporty driving
RaceMaximises driving pleasure
ESC-OffVDC and F1-TCS both deactivated
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