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A new horse readies for a gallop - Ferrari unveils its all-new Portofino M

2020-09-17 11:30
Ferrari Portofino M

Ferrari Portofino M (QuickPic)

• Ferrari unveiled its new Portofino M.

• The new car is powered by a 3.9-litre V8 engine.

• The Portofino M is the next chapter in Ferrari's GT history.

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Ferrari added the latest chapter to its GT history with the unveiling of its new Portofino M. the 2+ GT Spider is the first car to be shown by Ferrari post the company’s temporary closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ferrari says that the car is a symbolic restart, whilst still respecting its heritage, passion, and constant search for perfection.

Ferrari says that the 'M' in the new car’s name stands for 'Modificata', which in Ferrari nomenclature refers to cars that have undergone an evolution that has boosted their performance.

Ferrari further says that the Portofino M is endowed with several technical innovations, with the most notable being the redesigned powertrain, new eight-speed automatic transmission, and five settings on Ferrari's Manettino driving mode selector. Ferrari says that for the first time on one of its GT Spiders, Race mode has been added as one of the driving modes.

Ferrari Portofino M

Ferrari Portofino M (QuickPic)

Engine and performance

A turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine powers the Portofino M. This engine, which forms part of the family of engines that won 'International Engine of the Year' on several occasions, has been optimised to deliver 456kW and 760Nm.

With the new gearbox sending power to the rear wheels, the car will go from 0 - 100km/h in 3.45 seconds and from 0 - 200km/h in under 10sec. Top speed is rated at more than 320km/h.

Boasting a dry weight of 1545kg, the stellar performance is definitely expected from this prancing horse.

Ferrari Portofino M

Ferrari Portofino M (QuickPic)

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond

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