The new Ferrari Portofino M is seen in this picture released on September 16 during an all-virtual presentation due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Italy, September 16, 2020. Ferrari/Handout via REUTERS
September 16, 2020
MILAN (Reuters) – Ferrari presented the Portofino M, a modified version of its top-selling Portofino gran tourer, on Wednesday, continuing a rapid rollout of new models despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The new car, the first to be launched since the Italian sportscar maker temporarily shut down operations during a COVID-19 lockdown, was unveiled online, with video presentations outlining the model’s restyling and technical innovations.
The Portofino M features a redesigned powertrain, eight-speed gearbox and a five-position Manettino switch that includes a race mode.
Ferrari, best known for its high performance sports cars, is now aiming to increase sales of easier-driving gran tourers (GTs), designed to be comfortable on longer road trips.
It has said previously that about 40% of total sales could come from GT models by 2022, up from 32%.
(Reporting by James Mackenzie; Editing by Mark Potter)