Ferrari has announced that it is discontinuing its entry-level Portofino M hardtop convertible. The news was confirmed by a Ferrari spokesperson at Road & Trackindicating that the company’s new Roma Spider will take over as the entry-level convertible in the Italian brand’s lineup.
The Ferrari Roma Spider, which was introduced a few days ago, features a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 developing 612 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the Portofino M, the Roma Spider features a traditional fabric roof, which is significantly lighter than the outgoing model’s folding hardtop. Just like the Portofino M, the Roma also has a 2+2 seating configuration.
The Ferrari Portofino M was launched in 2020, following the Portofino introduced in 2017. It was previously known as the California T, which started as the California – a line that dates back to 2008. It came with the introduction of the naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V8 engine developing 453 hp.
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The “T” designation was added to the California name in 2014, representing the addition of twin turbochargers which increased power output to 552 hp. The car was later renamed Portofino, with power increased to 591 bhp. The Portofino M was later launched with an output of 612 hp.
Despite these numbers and the improvements to the nameplate, the Portofino M and its predecessors weren’t exactly at the forefront when it came to Ferrari sports cars. Will the Roma Spider be a worthy successor? Even beyond the Roma’s critically acclaimed overall design, we think the Roma Spider is a fitting replacement for the two-seat sports car.
Given the Roma Spider output figures above, Ferrari claims the Roma Spider can hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.4 seconds and 124 mph (200 km/h) in 9.7 s. For comparison, the hardtop model also hits 62 in 3.4s but hits 124 mph in 9.3s. Top speed is rated at 199 mph (320 km/h), according to Ferrari.