Ferrari unveiled today the Portofino M, which embodies the latest development of the Ferrari Portofino in the GT Spider, which can accommodate more than two passengers. The premiere of the allnew car was held online, in an unprecedented step in the wild horse’s more than 70year history. In preparation for the display of the new car, customers received a series of newsletters during the weeks preceding the show, after which they were able to access an electronic platform that contains exclusive videos showing the concept of the new car, the content for its redesign and its main technical features.
The Portofino M is the first car offered by Ferrari following the temporary closure of the company due to the repercussions of the Covid19 pandemic, and in itself it represents a journey to rediscover the brand’s cars. And a new starting point for the Untamed Horse brand towards innovation while preserving its ancient heritage, passion and constant pursuit of perfection, by introducing a new car that reflects all these high values. The letter M stands for Modificata, which Ferrari uses to refer to cars that have undergone a development process that transformed their performance.
Engine and transmission system
The Ferrari Portofino M was equipped with an eightcylinder engine with a capacity of 3855 cc and equipped with a turbocharger from the group of engines that won the International Engine of the Year award for four consecutive years (20162019). The engine delivers 620 hp at a rotation speed of 7,500 rpm, which is 20 hp more than the Ferrari Portofino. To achieve these performance levels, Ferrari engineers used new camshafts to increase valve lift ratios and combustionchamber fill rates.
A speed sensor has also been added to the turbocharger to measure turbocharger revolutions, making it possible to increase the maximum number of turbocharger revolutions by 5,000 rpm.
In order to comply with the most stringent carbon emissions standards, gasoline particulate filter (GFP) filters have been integrated into the exhaust system. These filters allow the car to adhere to the most stringent Euro 6D standards to reduce pollution without affecting driving pleasure.
This result is achieved thanks to the control system that cleans the filter frequently, which limits the amount of accumulated particles on it; By using specialized pressure sensors for each cylinder group, to measure the levels of differential pressure changes with high accuracy in the gasoline particulate filter.
The eightspeed gearbox is an allnew unit compared to the previous sevenspeed version, and is based on its dualclutch engineering and oil intake. The gearbox differs from its eightspeed predecessor in the SF90 Stradale in terms of longer gear ratios and a mechanical reverse gear. The new design and the integration of its components have also improved the size and fitting of the gearbox.
Like all turbocharged cars in this segment and in line with the rapid response turbo technology concept, the Ferrari Portofino M delivers instant throttle response in all engine revs. The car was also equipped with the variable drive management system, a control program developed by Ferrari to adjust the torque to suit the chosen speed. This increased the car’s starting power by increasing the number of engine revs, while improving fuel consumption levels. With the increase in car speeds (from the third to the eighth gear), the torque generated by the engine increases to 760 Nm at the seventh and eighth gears.
This allows the Ferrari brand to use longer gear ratios, helping to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. On the other hand, high torque was adopted in the engine at lower speeds to give the driver a feeling of smooth running and powerful starting.
The new clutch model is 20% smaller, with the ability to increase torque by 35%, as well as its ability to transmit a maximum dynamic torque of 1200 Nm when changing gear. The transmission strategy program was also developed by providing it with a highperformance electronic control unit.
Special emphasis was placed on gear change strategies to improve engine fuel consumption and reduce its carbon emissions. Thanks to the increased efficiency of torque clutch control, driving the car is easier than ever in cities and with frequent stopping of the vehicle. This ensures a smooth ride at low speeds, as well as providing easier driving experiences and improved response levels.
Dynamic elements of the car
The Portofino M is equipped with a vehicle dynamics control system known as Side Skid Control (SSC), and includes an algorithm that provides all vehicle control systems with realtime estimates of side slip angle. This system coordinates all the elements that go into the vehicle’s dynamics to integrate all control systems using data that is shared.
The sixthgeneration Lateral Skid Control system integrates the Electronic Differential (EDiff), the Stability Control System (F1TCS), the Magnetic Stream Suspension Control (SCME Frs) and the Ferrari Dynamic Assist (FDE) system. Ferrari’s Dynamic Assist System is an integrated side dynamic control system that relies on Ferrari software to adjust the brake pressure at the car’s four wheel calipers. This system is only available on a Ferrari Portofino M when the Manetino drive mode is in Racing mode.
The Ferrari Dynamic Boost System is specially designed to enhance the predictive capabilities of the car’s lateral dynamics when entering and exiting bends, ensuring that the driver can use the steering wheel and accelerator pedal more easily. Ferrari’s Dynamic Assist System, however, is not a stability control system and is a supportive system that is not a substitute for Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Stability Control (ESC).
Added to this is the increased adaptability of the brake pedal pressure, which, when combined with a 10% lower pedal motion, provides higher accuracy and more immediate response to driving conditions while braking.
The harmonious design of the Ferrari Portofino M is the result of a global design methodology, which includes dealing with different elements as part of a unified design, and is based on the remarkable success achieved by the design of the Ferrari Portofino. This applies to the exterior of the car, where the front of the car merges with its sides and the rear section in a unified and streamlined design, and also to the car’s cabin in terms of a strict commitment to maintaining a harmonious appearance of sizes and lines. This methodology is demonstrated by the interaction between the exterior and the interior design of a vehicle.
The increase in the performance of the Portofino M compared to the Portofino car came as a result of the designers at the Ferrari Design Center making meticulous adjustments to the design of the new car to reflect its distinctive sporty character.
The curved front bumpers include air inlets that add a mix of strength and boldness to the front of the car, as well as a new hatch that extends over the height of the wheel arch, and has been added to reduce the overall drag force. Part of the air flowing out of the cooling units is diverted to the new air inlets, and its flow is accelerated at the exit to enhance the force of the exit of the air. The improved aerodynamic performance of the car is supported by a wide opening in the front bumper that extends towards the sides of the vehicle, enhancing the visual harmony of the car’s side design. As a result, the Portofino M’s distinct visual character is reflected in the front bumper of the Ferrari Portofino M, which has been specifically designed to accentuate the car’s dynamic appearance.
The front grille of the car was provided with new aluminum panels with contrasting protrusions to highlight this good material.
The Portofino M reflects the modern character of a GT, instantly giving its occupants a true feeling of its compact character. As the design of the interior of the car includes harmony and fluidity that defines the car in general. The Ferrari Design Center team began the cabin development process by defining the basic and essential requirements for the success of the design, which are reflected in achieving a formal and functional harmony between the exterior of the car and its interior cabin, as well as reducing its weight and increasing the space allocated for passengers.
The interior design began with a multilevel structure for the dashboard, which consists of the upper half, and then a space in the middle that contributes to reducing the volume of the lower half.
By reducing the element sizes rather than increasing them, dividing the dashboard into different levels allowed designers to organize technical elements and devices inside the car to give it a logical effect, and to define its unique engineering design in its full width. The dashboard, air conditioning outlets and passenger display are divided into two separate areas using a middle and horizontal aluminum blade. Other controls are located in the lower section of the panel and include a 10.25inch touchscreen display at the center. This design embodies the finest levels of perfection, highlighting the high quality of all subtle details through the seamless blending of cuttingedge elements and materials with elegant, handcrafted textures and finishes.
The refined interior design is evident in the harmonious arrangement of the cockpit and the ample space for the rear seats. The interior design, and the architecture of the dashboard in particular, consists of two parts that integrate all technical components, along with a bridge that visually connects the dashboard area with the center console.
The car’s occupants are considerate of this design, as evidenced by the design of the interior door pockets, the handles, the various control systems and devices available, including the central and passenger touch screens.
The car seats themselves are the fruit of a dedicated research project and feature an innovative magnesium structure. The different thicknesses of the inner liner in the seats and the integrated backrests contribute to the feeling of spaciousness in the rear seats.
The interior also offers three ventilation systems in the seats and backrests, in addition to the neck heating system that is used in the winter season. Which provides three different levels of heating, as the heating system adjusts the speed of the warm air flowing from the headrest to ensure it matches the vehicle’s speed, outside temperature, and the position of the retractable upper section of the headrest.
Infotainment system and humanmachine interactive interface
The humanmachine interactive control interface (HMI) of the Ferrari Portofino M is housed in a digital display array consisting of two TFT displays near the engine rev counter and inside a round, antireflective box. The digital package is located on the same level as the multiuse steering wheel, and allows the driver to interact more physically and visually with the vehicle by providing him with notes about driving.
The advanced driver assistance systems are available as an additional option on the Ferrari Portofino M and include:
Driving control system with stop and go function for driving on busy city streets
Predictive emergency brake system that can warn the driver of potential collision hazards, and equips the vehicle to reduce the consequences of a frontal collision.
Blind spot detection technology to alert the driver if there are vehicles in the blind spot
Lane Departure Warning System with an audio and / or visual warning indicating that the vehicle is deviating from its lane
Automatic high beam which turns the high beam on and off automatically when driving at night
Traffic Sign Recognition System, which continuously displays speed limits on specific roads / streets
Surround vision system with 3D view
Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which warns the driver of moving obstacles in the blind spot behind the vehicle when reversing
Seven years maintenance
Ferrari’s high quality standards and growing focus on customer service support the sevenyear maintenance program offered with the Ferrari Portofino M. The program, which is available with all Ferrari cars, covers all periodic maintenance during the first seven years of the car’s life. This periodic maintenance is an exclusive service that ensures Ferrari customers ensure that their cars remain in optimum operating condition in terms of performance and safety over the years. This special service is also provided to Ferrari used car owners.
Regular maintenance operations are carried out (when the car travels 20,000 kilometers or once a year, regardless of distance restrictions), the provision of original spare parts, and accurate vehicle checks by trained staff at the Ferrari training center in Maranello, Italy, using Stateoftheart scanning tools, together they make up some of the benefits of the original maintenance program. This service is available in all markets around the world, and it is provided by all agencies that fall within the official agency network of the mark.