The Ferrari Portofino M is better in every way
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The Ferrari Portofino M is better in every way

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Speaker 1: Into city to get a really excellent coffee, seems like the sort of thing that you would do in a Ferrari Portofino. So that's what we've done. This is the brand new Ferrari [00:00:30] Portofino, M M standing for Mo Carta. So it doesn't look hugely different, but you can tell that it's Mo Carta by the slightly larger intakes down here, and perhaps most noticeably these little bits here, which line up those there we'll come onto the sort of specifics of the engine in a bit. But for now, I'll tell you it's got gas, particulate filters. They're based up here, which has a knock on impact down at the rib, but they've got rid of the silences and that's [00:01:00] meant they've red designed the back of a car slightly as well. Now to really exercise this, we thought we'll take a bit of a trip. We can't go to Portofino obviously in Italy, but we can go to the seaside. Speaker 1: So that's where we're going. Maybe get an ice cream it's uh, then gonna be the sort of film equivalent of an Agata. Isn't it now because you were all no doubt marveling at the fact that the cars paint match the door on the house behind [00:01:30] you might have missed the new optional forged ally wheel design, rather like a modern version of the five pointed star speed line split rims that RO 2 88 GTOs in their forties. I think anyway, helping me get outta the parking spot was the newly available 360 degree camera system. Then keeping watch over me as I drove through town and offering help if required on the motorway were the newly available a a or advanced driver assistance systems, things like lane departure, warning and blind spot detection. Here [00:02:00] we are. Then on our way to the beach specifically, Western Superman, I think the first thing to say about this is that it does actually feel like quite a usable Ferrari. Speaker 1: Um, that's obviously what they've intended for it, but just driving around bath, it didn't feel intimidating despite the fact, this is obviously a left hand drive car in the U K all the visibility feels pretty good. This interior, it's not obviously the latest [00:02:30] iteration of a Ferrari interior because the, the RO the SF 90 have got the, the haptic switches on the steering wheel and got the big, uh, screens for the dash there. I probably prefer this layout in many ways. I didn't actually mind the haptic switches, but there is something it perhaps I've just got used to this. It certainly works. And I love the big silver Revant in the middle there. I also really like this, um, tan leather. I think it's called Tortura [00:03:00] and semi line leather. It really adds quite a lot of luxury to this interior in terms of comfort. Speaker 1: Well, we've obvious got the roof up at the moment. And to be honest, you wouldn't know that it went back. You wouldn't know that this wasn't a COOE, it feels very relaxed. Actually. It's pretty quiet. It's quite on demanding the steering doesn't seem quite as sort of hypersensitive as some other Ferrari. Even the Roma felt more [00:03:30] alert I suppose, than this, which is rather nice. This, um, just it's very easy. It's not, I, the ride's very good as well. It's not sort of, it's not that really plush ride of a Bentley, but it's not harsh in any way either. And it just, it just seems to cost that you don't get that sort of firm second ride. That is sort of, sort of, I suppose, a trademark of most other Ferrari, [00:04:00] you still feel like you've got really good connection to the road, but it's just a little less sort of a little less firm. Speaker 1: I suppose the port ohm starts at 175,000 pounds. And this car obviously got quite a lot of options on it. A lot of which are very expensive, but probably don't even register with the sort of people that are going to be able to afford a Ferrari Portofino M in the first place. Right? I think that's pretty much enough of the motorway. [00:04:30] I think we need to go and find some good roads on the way to the beach. Probably need to take the roof down at some point as well. So we left the multi lane stuff behind and headed across country music maestros, please. I could have chosen to drive along it up to 28 miles an hour while putting the roof down. But when this charmingly dilapidated building presented itself, it seemed like a backdrop not to be missed. Plus it was easy to film its static. Then we were on our way, again, touring [00:05:00] the lanes, of course, as much as it was nice to check that the Portofino M's GT credentials were up to snuff. We also needed to see if it had dynamics be fitting of the trancing horse. And this road sneaking through the fields provided the perfect opportunity. The big thing for the M when you find a good piece of road is that we've now got a fifth mode on the Manino. We can move it to race. Speaker 1: Ferrari says that this is the fun to drive [00:05:30] mode, and it introduces the F D or Ferrari dynamics enhancer, which essentially allows you to have more slip before the system step in. There is also more power to play with in the Portofino end, the almost sort of venerable 3.9 liter turbocharge V8 has now got 611 brake horsepower. So 20 brake horsepower, more than before, and exactly the same as the Ferrari Roma, [00:06:00] the increase his gotten thanks to refiled cams, which has given slightly higher valve lift. And they've also got a speed sensor on the turbine of the turbos now, which means they can more accurately gauge that and added an extra 5,000 RP to the two top speed of that turbine in the turbo. It is certainly quick enough, 611 break horsepower in the cruiser. [00:06:30] As I said before, this has now got gas part filters, but actually, I mean, it's no eight 12, but Speaker 1: There's a really basic sound. It still sounds pretty good. I think arguably better actually than the FH Rito, quite a sort of OUS sort of slightly muffles, but a sound [00:07:00] probably fits the character of this quite well. Perhaps even bigger change than the engine is the gear box, which is essentially the gear box from the SF 90. It's the same as one in the RO, but it was first seen in the SF 90 compared to that it's got taller ratios. It's also got a reverse because obviously this hasn't got the hybrid system and the electric motors of the SF 90, the biggest difference compared to the box that was previously in [00:07:30] the non M Portofino, is that it's now got eight gears instead of seven that's when they've been able to shorten the race shows in the lower gears and lengthen them in the upper gears in the seventh and eighth, The gearbox is also slightly lighter overall, and it can cope with more talk. So another masterpiece from Ferrari in terms of their gearboxes, Speaker 1: The effect of those [00:08:00] shorter ratios and the increase in power is not so noticeable in the, not to 62 mile an hour time, which at 3.45 seconds is just not point not five a second quicker than before. However, the not to 124 mile an hour time, which is not to 200 kilometers an hour is a whole second swifter at 9.8 seconds slowing its 1664 kilos. That's a curb weight by the way down again, other usual carbon ceramic brakes, but Ferrari has focused on giving the driver more precision in the [00:08:30] M with a 10% reduction in the pedal, travel to aid, precision and responses. They certainly felt good to me overall. I've been surprised by this Pino M HD cuz I have memories still of the California, which was not great on this of the road for this much sharper. Actually, if anything, it feels slightly sort of more together than the RO even although most of that was shot in the rain. So [00:09:00] it's not as sharp and lively as the RO, but something about it just feels a little more cohesive. Like it's nailed its brief for its target audience slightly better. Speaker 1: Anyway, after enjoying some B road corners rather than expected, it was time to make the final joint to the seaside where with the roof down, I could cruise along the front, making use of the new air scarf in the seat while looking for an ice cream Emporium, a donkey and somewhere to the park. Definitely [00:09:30] a Mr. Whippy, not a gelato man. Yeah. This is definitely west to the super mayor and not the Italian Riviera. This however is definitely a proper Ferrari. It's a good Ferrari it's better than I was expecting. I had memories of the Ferrari California, which wasn't great this well, it really is a proper rounder and it's good to drive as well equally. It doesn't feel too into intimidating to drive and yeah, I've been [00:10:00] impressed by the port female M the only thing I'm not sure about is the way it looks. It's quite a sort of big car. It's not as delicate as the beautiful Roma, but Monte Carta. As I said at the beginning, all the way back in bath, it's about the mechanicals, not about the looks it's on you for next time. Maybe they can keep this shade of Celeste metallic though. Very lovely, right. Eat the rest of this before it blows away.

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