2021 Ferrari Portofino M first drive review: M stands for magnificent

Victoria D. Doty


When you happen to be a brand like Ferrari, every single improve has a specific importance to it. In the scenario of the 2021 Ferrari Portofino M, even the addition of a solitary letter. The M stands for “modificata,” which in Italian just means “modified.” But genuinely it means a thing else: far more effectiveness.

For this yr, the Portofino wholesale adopts the drivetrain from its charming coupe cousin, the Ferrari Roma. The twin-turbo, three.nine-liter V8 is a wonderful engine, featuring about twenty far more ponies than the outgoing lump. It is really now paired with a new, eight-speed, twin-clutch transmission, yet again just like the Roma — and also like the SF90 Stradale. That’s fantastic business to be in.

In a car or truck like this, the additional energy is just not genuinely such a big offer, but the enhanced responsiveness of the engine, aided by the modified gear ratios, can make it an unbelievably pleasurable matter to push. The Portofino M is meant to be on the far more calm facet of Ferrari’s choices, but at the time I at last obtain my way out of the Miami doldrums for my exam push, at last onto some open roads, it is really very clear this is not exclusively a calm tourer.

Even with the wheel-mounted push selector set to Soaked method, a thing I use really a bit through the recurrent Floridian showers, the car or truck barks and spins its tires easily, kicking out its tail like a thoroughbred that desires to participate in. Dial matters up to Activity or, new for this yr, Race, and matters predictably get wilder.

The addition of Race may possibly seem like an odd matter for a extremely road-oriented convertible, but it is a welcome improve. I generally obtain Ferrari’s Activity modes to be as well sedate and Race to be a minor as well wild for casually spirited driving. The Portofino M augments those people with Convenience method, as well, providing adequate of a spread to match my every single temper.

The updated appears are significantly better.

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I am satisfied to report which is the only significant improve with the Portofino’s steering wheel. It has not received the touch-delicate mess that I hated in the Roma. Each enter in this article is delightfully tactile and, whilst getting the appropriate convert signal when the wheel is turned around is as puzzling as ever, which is modest cost to shell out for remaining capable to toggle lights, wipers and just about anything else you want with just a twitch of a finger.

The car or truck receives some severe tech upgrades, although, which includes adaptive cruise which is a godsend for Florida’s persistently depressing targeted visitors and a surround-view digital camera program can make slotting this very long-nosed machine into parking spots a breeze. The most stunning update for me is a thing I believed may possibly in no way materialize: Android Vehicle. Certainly, Ferrari has at last opened the door to Google, and thank goodness, mainly because the crafted-in navigation working experience in this article is… simple.

But you almost certainly will not treatment significantly about that. How does it push? Beautifully. As I stated over, the engine is a keen companion and, whilst the transmission in car is sometimes a bit extremely sleek and sluggish, a brief access for the pronounced change paddles solves that situation extremely effectively. Blasting by the gears produces a wonderful sound, all the less complicated to appreciate with the top down.

The energy-operated hardtop rises or drops in about fifteen seconds at up to about 30 mph, but I suggest caution ahead of employing it at speed. Whilst the top is functioning the trunk is extensive open, indicating just about anything unfastened in there can and will blow absent. (Talk to me how I know.) Pack meticulously.

2021 Ferrari Portofino M

Just go away the top down. It appears better that way. 

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The top tucks beneath a sculpted tonneau that flows properly into the trunk and, if you squint, you can just make out the two rear seats Ferrari has offered in this article. They’re fantastic for any legless companions you sense like having for a trip.

Whilst I enjoy the effectiveness of the Portofino M, I am genuinely astonished at how fantastic a cruiser it is. The car or truck is just not punishing around separation joints on Florida’s highways, the seats are loads comfy and, whilst the engine has a bit of a drone to it, which is simply forgiven when you will find 612 horses value of payoff. Buffeting is of minor concern with the top down and, with the top up, you would pretty much in no way know you happen to be in a convertible.

And now for the portion where I convey to you how significantly you will shell out for this satisfaction. The starting up cost of the 2021 Ferrari Portofino M is $226,000 which includes $three,950 place, an raise of a minor far more than $twenty,000 around the earlier design. The Rosso Portofino-coloured car or truck you see in this article characteristics a whopping $141,356 in alternatives, ranging from the decorative ($one,266 for the embroidered prancing horses on the headrests) to the connective ($4,219 for Android Vehicle and Apple CarPlay).

Pricey, of class, but then it genuinely is a wonderful all-rounder, now with sharpened appears and freshened tech. It is really a true driver’s car or truck that won’t punish you for essentially driving it very long and much.

Editors’ be aware: Travel costs linked to this story were lined by the company, which is frequent in the car market. The judgments and thoughts of Roadshow’s personnel are our personal and we do not acknowledge paid editorial written content.

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