Dead: Ferrari Portofino M

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Dead: Ferrari Portofino MBrian Silvestro

Ferrari will end production of its entry-level Portofino M hardtop convertible, a spokesperson confirmed to Road & Track on Thursday.

The Roma Spider, introduced Thursday, will replace the Portofino M in Ferrari's lineup as the company's entry-level drop top. It uses the same 612-hp twin-turbo V-8 and 2+2 seating layout, but eschews the complicated, heavy folding hard top for a lighter, more traditional soft folding top.

The Portofino M is an evolution of the Portofino, introduced in 2017. Before that it was called the California T, and before that, simply the California. The linage goes all the way back to 2008, where the original California used a 4.3-liter naturally aspirated V-8 making 453 hp. The "T" moniker was added alongside two turbochargers in 2014, bumping power to 552 hp. Power was bumped again to 591 hp when the car was renamed the Portofino in 2017, then again to 612 horses in 2020 with the introduction of the Portofino M. That's an average of 10.6 hp gained per year of production, if you're curious.


While the Portofino M and its predecessors could never live up to the pure, ultra-capable driving experiences of its sportier siblings, we still loved it. Hopefully the drop-top Roma can fill its shoes adequately.

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