Ferrari’s Likely Working on a More Powerful Portofino for 2021
Ferrari could add more powerful trim to its range of Portofino models in the coming months, according to a recent file filed by the Italian automaker with the Environmental Protection Agency for a vehicle simply called “2021 Ferrari F164 BCB”.
Although the range of numbers and letters may mean little to the layman, Ferrari fans will note that “F164” is the internal model code for the Portofino. It is possible that this EPA dossier signals Ferrari’s intention to introduce an updated Portofino in its 2021 model range. That said, we doubt that this is the case given that the brand has already submitted figures for fuel economy at EPA for a “Ferrari Portofino 2021”.
We bet, then, that this upcoming model represents something different, and knowing Ferrari, it’s probably a more performance-oriented variant of the brand’s entry-level drop-top. Although the letters “BCB” are difficult to decipher, the vehicle certification request refers to the internal model code as “F164 FL”. FL may mean “facelift,” but it can simply be an EPA-compliant code to denote any kind of update or variant vehicle that a company always wants to keep secret. It is also possible – and at least 10 times sexier – that the “FL” is Ferrari’s own code and nods to the “Free Formula” (a bit like what the two letters represented in the Ferrari 166 FL of fame from the middle of the 20th century). Spanish for “free formula”, free formula racing allows vehicles of different types to compete against each other – for example a convertible with a front engine, touring car and a coupe with central engine.
According to the summary information report on the certification of Ferrari, the F164 BCB gets its powertrain from the next Roma coupe (which has the internal code F169). As such, the model’s twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine delivers 612 horsepower, 21 horsepower more than the Portofino’s unit. The BCB also trades in its less powerful seven-speed automatic transmission for an eight-speed transmission, a Roma.
The additional power and additional equipment of the BCB should help it both on the track and on the street. Expect the model to shave off a few ticks from the Portofino manufacturer’s estimated 3.5-second trot at 60 mph, while BCB’s combined fuel and road economy figures actually improve the Portofino by 1 mpg (the BCB manages 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined).
We have contacted Ferrari regarding this possible update or addition to the Portofino model line, but have not yet received a response from a company spokesperson. Nevertheless, we hope that the famous sports car manufacturer will explain what the F164 BCB is all about in the coming weeks.
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