After the release of the Ferrari Roma, which is essentially an upgraded coupe version of the Portofino, it was only a matter of time until Ferrari gave the “entry-level” Portofino roadster a facelift. Called the 2021 Ferrari Portofino M, this is not a new variant of Ferrari’s least-expensive offering. The letter “M” means “Modificata,” and this model also directly replaces the Portofino.
Exterior changes for the Portofino M are quite minor. This includes a new front bumper with a wider air intake. There’s also a new air vent that cuts through the top of the front wheel arches that supposedly help in reducing overall drag. The side profile carries over largely unchanged, while the rear gets a new rear bumper design with a more streamlined rear diffuser. Lastly, there’s a new set of alloy wheel designs to make the Portofino M look even sharper.
Interior changes are even more minor than those of the exterior. As a matter of fact, it pretty much looks almost exactly like before apart from the increased number of color choices available. As with every Ferrari, drivers are greeted to an analog gauge cluster that’s flanked by two LCD screens. Buyers can also opt for heated and ventilated seats, along with an optional passenger-side slim touch screen, which features entertainment functions as well as the ability to display performance information.
Under the hood of the 2021 Ferrari Portofino M is a new twin-turbo V8 gasoline engine that now produces 612 hp (+20 hp) and 760 Nm of torque. This is the same V8 engine that’s also under the hood of the Roma. And just like the Roma, the Portofino M gets the same Ferrari SF90 Stradale-derived 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Zero to 100 kph is achieved in just 3.45 seconds, and for the first time ever in a GT spider from Ferrari, the Portofino M gets a new Race Mode which can be accessed in the Manettino switch.
A number of advanced driver-assist systems can also be fitted to the Portofino M. This includes Ferrari’s 6th generation Side Slip Control (SSC), which is essentially the E-Diff, F1-TCS, SCM-E Frs magnetorheological dampers, and Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE) working together to make the Portofino M handle even better than its predecessor. Oh, and of course there’s the usual automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, just to name a few.
Orders are now open for the 2021 Ferrari Portofino M. Ferrari also promised that they’ll be unveiling another supercar closer to the end of 2020.