By tradition, every Ferrari engine in the Prancing Horse’s stable has a unique soundtrack. This is usually done in a variety of ways – increasing the number of cylinders, modifying the exhaust pipe, etc. For the Portofino M (the M stands for Modificata, a nomenclature it badges to cars that have gone through an evolution that significantly boost its performance), Ferrari changed the geometry of the entire exhaust line. The two rear silencers, previously present in its predecessor, have been eliminated and the bypass valves are now oval. What does this all mean? The powerful grunt of the engine is a lot more pronounced and robust than the previous variant, which unfortunately had a bit of a tinny quality to it.
More significantly, the Portofino M is the first car to be presented in the wake of the company’s factory closure due to the pandemic; its Maranello outpost was converted to produce specialist valves for respirators at the height of Covid-19 crisis. Hence, the carmaker has christened the Portofino M as its symbol of rediscovery.
Significant changes in the Portofino M include the introduction of an eighth gear and the inclusion of Ferrari’s five-position Manettino, Italian for little lever. Mounted on the steering wheel, the dial was inspired by similar controls usually found in its race cars. However, this is the first time that the Manettino is included in a Ferrari GT Spider.
Deliveries will only commence in the first half of 2021, but you can start placing your orders for the Portofino M now at Ital Auto.