Updated: Nov 21, 2020
M Performance is the Term used by the Performance division of BMW, Guess What Ferrari was so Impressed by BMW that they decided to use the M term on their cars too and thus created the Ferrari Portofino M.
So, what is the Portofino M, a Ferrari with an M powered BMW engine? Well, it happens to have the same engine powerplant as that of the standard Portofino just with 20 More Horsepower.
But the thing that you still might be thinking is, why the M Suffix, there are 25 other alphabets that Ferrari could have used to name the Portofino M, according to Ferrari.
The Ferrari Portofino M, features the legendary ‘M’ suffix, for Modificata, in its name, is the evolution of the Ferrari Portofino.
The Powerplant is a 3.8 Litre Twin Turbo V8 engine that produces 620 Metric Horsepower and 760 Nm of torque. The result, well this Baby Boi Will do 0-100 KM/H in just 3.45 sec, 0 to 200 Kmph in 9.8 seconds, top speed, if you are interested in, is still the same, it’s just 1 mph shy of touching the magical 200 Mph.
Now let’s take a deep dive into the design of the Portofino M with Flavio Manzoni, an Italian Architect and the senior vice president of Design at Ferrari (insert Italian accent).
According to Flavio, the Portofino has a Special Place in the Ferrari Range, because the Portofino is a car with 2 souls. After all, the retractable roof matches the bodywork and therefore once the roof is closed, what initially looked like a spider becomes an authentic coupe.
The Portofino M is linked to its predecessor, California however it has an evolved and authentic identity that differentiates it from the other GTs.
It’s a Great combination of Sports and elegance, the car has an extremely powerful eight-cylinder engine in the front, and therefore presents a long bonnet and a cabin which is positioned rearwards as if it were seating on the rear wheels.
This is historically a typical feature of Ferrari’s GTs. The front wing extends rearwards, towards the rear wing, while the latter appears as a more robust and compact muscle.
This conveys a particular balance to the overall design, taking a closer look at the design language of this car they find that it combines Sportiness and elegance, through the succession of interesting concave and convex surfaces which are historic cues to the Ferrari DNA.
These generate very precise lines that define the car sharply and clearly.
The front end of this car is immediately recognizable thanks to these L shaped headlights, which are very unique. For the first time, they include an Aerodynamic feature- two vents that act as an air curtain.
This is a very refined solution which makes the car’s design even more simple and sleek.
The rear of the Portofino is characterized by a well-defined rear panel surface which almost appears as designed by subtracting volume from the rear, it is inspired by the concept of ‘truncated tail’ which s typical of many Ferrari GT cars, and that’s where the two lights are positioned.
The New exhaust system and more refined aerodynamic allowed them to work on a new concept for the diffuser, which now has a lighter appearance and an even more technical look, emphasized by carbon fiber.
In a nutshell, these are the elements that characterize the design of the Portofino ‘M’ a car that stands out for its perfect combination of sportiness and elegance and this is precisely what makes it unique within the Ferrari Range of Cars.
Now the Standard Portofino happens to be the most affordable brand-new Ferrari you can buy from a Ferrari dealership today, it costs about 210,000 dollars, in India, it costs 3.5 crores ex-showroom. The Portofino M will for sure cost a premium over the standard Portofino but we don’t know anything in particular yet as the official prices haven’t been revealed yet by Ferrari.
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