Ferrari might add a extra highly effective trim to its Portofino model line within the coming months, based on a current submitting by the Italian automaker with the Environmental Safety Company for a car merely referred to as the “2021 Ferrari F164 BCB.”
Whereas the array of numbers and letters might imply little to the layperson, Ferrari followers will be aware “F164” is the inner mannequin code for the Portofino. It’s potential this EPA submitting indicators Ferrari’s intent to introduce an up to date Portofino to its 2021 mannequin line. That stated, we doubt that is the case given the model already submitted fuel-economy figures with the EPA for a “2021 Ferrari Portofino.”
We wager, then, that this upcoming mannequin represents one thing totally different, and understanding Ferrari, it’s probably a extra performance-oriented variant of the model’s entry-level drop-top. Though the letters “BCB” are troublesome to decipher, the car’s software for certification refers back to the mannequin’s inside code as “F164 FL.” Admittedly, FL might stand for “facelift,” nonetheless, this may occasionally merely be an EPA-compliant code to indicate any form of car replace or variant an organization nonetheless needs to maintain secret. It’s additionally potential—and at the very least 10 occasions sexier—the “FL” is Ferrari’s personal code and nods to “Formulation Libre” (very similar to what the 2 letters stood for within the Ferrari 166 FL of mid-20th-century fame). Spanish for “Free Formulation,” Formulation Libre racing permits for autos of assorted sorts to compete in opposition to each other—say a front-engined, grand touring convertible and a mid-engined coupe.
In response to Ferrari’s certification summary information report, the F164 BCB cribs its powertrain from the upcoming Roma coupe (which matches by the inner code F169). As such, the mannequin’s twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V-Eight engine boasts 612 horsepower—21 extra horses than the unit within the Portofino. The BCB additionally trades its much less highly effective convertible kin’s seven-speed self-shifting transmission for an eight-speed gearbox, à la Roma.
The BCB’s extra energy and further gear ought to assist it each on the observe and the road. Anticipate the mannequin to shave just a few ticks from the Portofino’s manufacturer-estimated 3.5-second trot to 60 mph, whereas the BCB’s mixed and freeway fuel-economy figures truly enhance upon the Portofino’s by 1 mpg (the BCB manages 16 mpg metropolis, 23 mpg freeway, and 19 mpg mixed).
We’ve reached out to Ferrari about this potential replace or addition to the Portofino mannequin line, however have but to listen to again from an organization spokesperson. However, we’re hopeful the famed sports activities automotive producer will clue us into what precisely the F164 BCB is within the coming weeks.
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