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

Once you’re a model like Ferrari, each change has a sure significance to it. Within the case of the 2021 Ferrari Portofino M, even the addition of a single letter. The M stands for “modificata,” which in Italian simply means “modified.” However actually it means one thing else: extra efficiency.

For this 12 months, the Portofino wholesale adopts the drivetrain from its pretty coupe cousin, the Ferrari Roma. The dual-turbo, 3.9-liter V8 is an excellent engine, providing about 20 extra ponies than the outgoing lump. It is now paired with a brand new, eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission, once more identical to the Roma — and in addition just like the SF90 Stradale. That is good firm to be in.

In a automobile like this, the additional energy is not actually such an enormous deal, however the elevated responsiveness of the engine, aided by the modified gear ratios, makes it an extremely nice factor to drive. The Portofino M is supposed to be on the extra relaxed facet of Ferrari’s choices, however as soon as I lastly discover my approach out of the Miami doldrums for my check drive, lastly onto some open roads, it is fairly clear this isn’t solely a relaxed tourer.

Even with the wheel-mounted drive selector set to Moist mode, one thing I exploit fairly a bit in the course of the frequent Floridian showers, the automobile barks and spins its tires readily, kicking out its tail like a thoroughbred that wishes to play. Dial issues as much as Sport or, new for this 12 months, Race, and issues predictably get wilder.

The addition of Race would possibly look like an odd factor for a really street-oriented convertible, nevertheless it’s a welcome change. I usually discover Ferrari’s Sport modes to be too sedate and Race to be a bit of too wild for casually spirited driving. The Portofino M augments these with Consolation mode, too, giving sufficient of a ramification to match my each temper.

The up to date seems to be are a lot better.

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I am completely happy to report that is the one main change with the Portofino’s steering wheel. It has not acquired the touch-sensitive mess that I hated within the Roma. Each enter right here is delightfully tactile and, whereas discovering the appropriate flip sign when the wheel is turned over is as complicated as ever, that is small value to pay for having the ability to toggle lights, wipers and nearly every thing else you want with only a twitch of a finger.

The automobile receives some critical tech upgrades, although, together with adaptive cruise that is a godsend for Florida’s persistently depressing visitors and a surround-view digital camera system makes slotting this long-nosed machine into parking spots a breeze. Probably the most shocking replace for me is one thing I assumed would possibly by no means occur: Android Auto. Sure, Ferrari has lastly opened the door to Google, and thank goodness, as a result of the built-in navigation expertise right here is… fundamental.

However you most likely do not care a lot about that. How does it drive? Beautifully. As I discussed above, the engine is a prepared associate and, whereas the transmission in auto is often a bit overly clean and sluggish, a fast attain for the pronounced shift paddles solves that situation very properly. Blasting via the gears creates an excellent noise, all the simpler to understand with the highest down.

The ability-operated hardtop rises or drops in about 15 seconds at as much as about 30 mph, however I counsel warning earlier than utilizing it at pace. Whereas the highest is working the trunk is large open, that means something unfastened in there can and can blow away. (Ask me how I do know.) Pack fastidiously.

Simply depart the highest down. It seems to be higher that approach. 

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The highest tucks beneath a sculpted tonneau that flows properly into the trunk and, should you squint, you’ll be able to simply make out the 2 rear seats Ferrari has offered right here. They’re good for any legless companions you are feeling like taking for a experience.

Whereas I really like the efficiency of the Portofino M, I am actually stunned at how good a cruiser it’s. The automobile is not punishing over separation joints on Florida’s highways, the seats are loads comfy and, whereas the engine has a little bit of a drone to it, that is simply forgiven when there’s 612 horses price of payoff. Buffeting is of little concern with the highest down and, with the highest up, you’d virtually by no means know you are in a convertible.

And now for the half the place I inform you how a lot you will pay for this pleasure. The beginning value of the 2021 Ferrari Portofino M is $226,000 together with $3,950 vacation spot, a rise of a bit of greater than $20,000 over the earlier mannequin. The Rosso Portofino-colored automobile you see right here includes a whopping $141,356 in choices, starting from the ornamental ($1,266 for the embroidered prancing horses on the headrests) to the connective ($4,219 for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay).

Dear, after all, however then it truly is an excellent all-rounder, now with sharpened seems to be and freshened tech. It is a true driver’s automobile that will not punish you for really driving it lengthy and much.

Editors’ word: Journey prices associated to this story had been coated by the producer, which is widespread within the auto trade. The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s employees are our personal and we don’t settle for paid editorial content material.

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