The Ferrari Portofino M is in Singapore

Leow Ju Len
The Ferrari Portofino M in Ital Auto's showroom in Singapore

Maranello’s 2+2 hardtop convertible gets the Modificata treatment. The good news? It still costs less than a million dollars…

SINGAPORE — There’s a new Ferrari in town, though it’s something of a two-in-one, since it’s a coupe-cabriolet. The Portofino M is now at Ital Auto’s showroom on Leng Kee Road for the moneyed class to ponder, at S$898,000 apiece.

The price excludes optional extras and the Certificate of Entitlement, which is anything but optional, but it still makes the Portofino M one of two Ferraris you could technically put on the road here for less than a seven-figure sum. The other is the Roma, a different sort of car for a different sort of driver.

Ferrari gave the 2+2 with the folding hardtop a mid-life revamp late last year, hence the designation “M”, which stands for “Modificata”.

What’s new? The front grille, plus the bumpers, the rear diffuser, the wheels and various odd and ends, such as a new vent ahead of each front wheelarch that apparently cuts drag.

Most of the change is under the skin. The engine is now cleaner, thanks to a particulate filter (basically, a soot trap) and a tweaked exhaust system. Both help it to meet Euro-6d emissions standards.

The Ferrari Portofino M's 3.9-litre v8 makes 620 horsepower

But don’t smack your forehead just yet because the 3.9-litre V8 is also more powerful. Output rises 20 horsepower to 620hp.

It also gets the 8-speed, twin-clutch gearbox from the Roma (bye bye, 7-speeder) but with slightly taller gearing, apparently to suit the Portofino M’s grand touring nature.

Ferrari Roma in Sinapore

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It’s still a pretty hardcore car, though. The Portofino M gets to 100km/h in 3.45 seconds. More impressively, 0 to 200km/h takes just 9.8 seconds.

The cabin looks pretty much unchanged to our eyes, except for one essential detail. The manettino now has five modes, with the new Race and Wet settings joining Comfort, Sport and CT Off.

As before, the roof takes 15 seconds to disappear and put the weather in your face. Race setting aside, the sprint to make you look cool is something the Portofino M has pretty much sewn up.

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