Mark Takahashi has worked in the automotive industry since 2001. He has written thousands of car-related articles and tested and reviewed hundreds of vehicles over the course of his career.
Riotous acceleration from the turbo V8
Styling and presence do the brand justice
Extensive personalization options
Don't expect to fit adults comfortably in the back
Most safety features are either optional or not available
No notable changes for 2022
Part of the first Portofino generation that debuted in 2018
If you're looking to make a statement about your wealth, owning a Ferrari is one of the most obvious flexes. Naturally, not everyone can afford the million-dollar-plus offerings from Ferrari's Icona series, and the more conventional models will still set you back half a million. For more modest budgets, there's the 2022 Ferrari Portofino M. This is the "entry-level" vehicle in the lineup. With a starting price well past $200,000, it's a fair statement that the Portofino M is well past the realm of affordability in any non-Ferrari stable.
When it debuted in 2018, the Portofino was a welcome replacement for the generally unloved Ferrari California. The Portofino's more attractive styling, combined with an increase in performance, helps it avoid the California's reputation as the "poor man's Ferrari."
Among the few other exotic convertibles out there, the 2022 Ferrari Portofino M is a worthy competitor. Chief rivals include the Aston Martin DB11, Audi R8 and Porsche 911, with each delivering varying degrees of luxury, comfort and performance. There's not a bad choice in the bunch, but it can be said that only one of them is a Ferrari.
Which Portofino M does Edmunds recommend?
Since the 2022 Ferrari Portofino M is only available in a single trim level, you only need to decide which options to add. There are many, of course, but among them we suggest adding the Full ADAS package for the convenience of adaptive cruise control and the peace of mind that comes with the added safety features.
Ferrari Portofino M models
The 2022 Ferrari Portofino M is a four-seat folding-hardtop convertible that is offered in a single trim level. Under the hood is a turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine (612 horsepower, 561 lb-ft of torque) that is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that powers the rear wheels.
Standard feature highlights include:
20-inch alloy wheels
LED exterior lighting
Carbon-ceramic brake rotors (can provide better resistance to brake fade during high-performance driving)
Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
Dual-zone automatic climate control
10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen
Besides the many paint, upholstery and trim options available to customize your Portofino to your heart's content, there are several features that can be added:
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
Adaptive suspension (helps improve ride comfort and handling stability)
Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
Ventilated front seats
Folding rear seats
Secondary instrument panel for the front passenger
Premium audio system
Front seat neck warmer
Full ADAS package:
Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)
Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the vehicle and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
The Ferrari Portofino M and Aston Martin DB11 are pretty much cut from the same cloth. Both deliver potent performance in a relatively comfortable touring convertible package. They also tend to rely on brand cachet over technological innovation — neither excels in regard to infotainment or advanced safety features.
The Audi R8 may not have rear seats, but considering how small the Portofino's are, that's likely not to be a deal-breaker. The R8 represents a high-tech counterpoint to the Portofino M, with a more up-to-date infotainment system and additional standard features. The R8 is also available with all-wheel drive for added confidence on wet or dry pavement.
The Porsche 911 is easily one of the most popular and recognizable sports cars ever made. As a result, it doesn't turn as many heads as the Portofino M or other rarer vehicles. That said, for about the same amount of money you'd spend for a Portofino M, you could get the top Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible, which is easier to live with and more capable in regard to performance.