Ferrari Portofino

At the heart of the Ferrari Portofino is its engine, a V8 unit displacing 3.9L fed by a pair of turbochargers. It's a combination that makes 612 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque, which is then sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. With a 0-60 time of under four seconds, the Portofino is extremely fast, but just noting its performance doesn't do the drivetrain justice. The Portofino's V8 is a screamer, sounding amazing all the way up to its 7500 RPM redline. Despite all that power, the Portofino should still return about 23 mpg on the highway according to the EPA.

One of the best features of the Portofino is its folding hardtop. Most convertibles tend to look a little bit awkward with their fabric tops up, but the Portofino looks beautiful no matter which configuration it's in, thanks to a roof made up of folding metal panels. This also improves noise, comfort and safety when compared to a traditional soft top. A folding hard top really offers the best of both worlds when it comes to deciding between a coupe and a convertible.

Unlike many of its competitors, the Ferrari Portofino doesn't feature endless option packages, instead letting potential buyers design and customize their Ferrari with a variety of aesthetic options. There are of course multiple interior and exterior colors as well as seat designs, brake caliper colors and carbon fiber accents available. Exhaust tips can be had in several different colors as well and Ferrari even lets potential owners choose between black, silver, red, yellow or white for the tachometer. However, the nuts and bolts of the Portofino remain the same, with every car featuring the same engine, transmission, interior electronics and carbon ceramic brakes.

The Ferrari Portofino's comes standard with 20-inch forged alloy wheels, electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support, leather seats, leather steering wheel, adaptive damper suspension, keyless entry with push button start, front and rear parking sensors, leather headliner and dual-zone automatic air conditioning.

The Portofino's infotainment system comes standard with 7-speaker sound system with 10.25-inch touchscreen, voice-activated navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth integration, USB port and Apple CarPlay.

Editors' First Take

When you're a brand like Ferrari, every change has a certain significance to it. In the case of the 2021 Ferrari Portofino M, even the addition of a single letter. The M stands for "modificata," which in Italian just means "modified." But really it means something else: more performance.

For this year, the Portofino wholesale adopts the drivetrain from its lovely coupe cousin, the Ferrari Roma. The twin-turbo, 3.9-liter V8 is a superb engine, offering about 20 more ponies than the outgoing lump. It's now paired with a new, eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission, again just like the Roma -- and also like the SF90 Stradale. That's good company to be in.

In a car like this, the extra power isn't really such a huge deal, but the increased responsiveness of the engine, aided by the modified gear ratios, makes it an incredibly pleasant thing to drive. The Portofino M is meant to be on the more relaxed side of Ferrari's offerings, but once I finally find my way out of the Miami doldrums for my test drive, finally onto some open roads, it's quite clear this is not exclusively a relaxed tourer.

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