Convertibles don't get sexier than this!
Regardless of what anyone who owns one might try to say to convince you otherwise, convertibles are all about the way they look and the impression they give. So, if you’re going to get a flash convertible you may as well go all-in, and how much more desirable does a convertible get than a brand new one with a Ferrari prancing horse on the bonnet?
Perhaps for those who live in places where the oncoming winter doesn't mean extremely limited chances to get the top-down without getting drenched by rain, Ferrari has just unveiled the Portofino M, which is the evolution of Ferrari's 2+ GT spider.
Of course, little escapes the clutches of the coronavirus pandemic these days, so in a completely unprecedented move, the unveiling of the Portofino M took place entirely online. In advance of the debut, there was plenty of build-up to the event in recent, including newsletters being sent out to exclusive clients at the end of which they were given exclusive access to a platform where videos were available illustrating the concept behind the car, its restyling and main technical details of the new car.
This is the first Ferrari to be presented to the waiting world since the company went into a temporary closure in the wake of the ongoing crisis, but it was definitely worth the wait as we're sure you'll agree when looking at the pictures of this staggeringly beautiful new Ferrari drop-top.
Powering the Portofino M is a 3855cc powerplant that belongs to the same V8 turbo family that has been voted "International Engine of the Year" four years in succession between 2016 and 2019. The engine is capable of producing 611 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and up to 760 Nm of torque, which is 20 horsepower more than the regular Ferrari Portofino. The V-8 comes mated to a completely new 8-speed automatic gearbox utilising dual-clutch oil bath architecture, which replaces the previous 7-speed unit. The press release claims a 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) time of just 3.45 seconds and a top speed of 320 km/h (199mph).
If you think a Ferrari like this would be a high-maintenance car that will cost as much to keep on the road as it costs to buy you might be in for a shock. Now offered with the Portofino and across the entire current range is a seven-year maintenance programme that covers all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life, which certainly shows Ferrari's confidence in its current quality standards
There's no word in the press brief about when deliveries will commence or what the prices will be, but if you’re one of those people lucky enough to have been invited to buy one by Ferrari you probably already know all that.