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Compare the2024 BMW M8VS 2023 Ferrari Portofino

2024 BMW M8
2023 Ferrari Portofino

Safety

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The M8’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Portofino doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The BMW M8 has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Portofino doesn’t offer knee airbags.

The M8 has a standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Portofino doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The M8 offers an optional Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor for objects to the rear and automatically applies the brakes to prevent a collision. The Portofino doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The M8 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Portofino doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The M8’s standard lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. A lane departure warning system costs extra on the Portofino.

The M8’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Portofino doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the M8 and the Portofino have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The BMW M8 weighs 626 to 891 pounds more than the Ferrari Portofino. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The M8 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Portofino’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The M8’s corrosion warranty is 9 years longer than the Portofino’s (12 vs. 3 years).

There are almost 8 times as many BMW dealers as there are Ferrari dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the M8’s warranty.

Engine

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The M8’s 4.4 turbo V8 produces 5 more horsepower (617 vs. 612) than the Portofino’s 3.9 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the M8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Portofino doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the M8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Portofino:

M8

M8 CCB

Portofino

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

16 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

15 inches

14.2 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The M8 has a standard Brake Assistant to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Portofino doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the M8 has larger front tires than the Portofino (F:275/35R20 & R:285/35R20 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:285/35R20).

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M8 Coupe/Convertible’s wheelbase is 6.2 inches longer than on the Portofino (111.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the M8 Convertible a Subcompact car, while the Portofino is rated a Minicompact.

The M8 Gran Coupe has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Portofino can only carry 4.

The M8 Convertible has 6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Portofino (81 vs. 75).

Cargo Capacity

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The M8 Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the Portofino with its top down (12.4 vs. 5 cubic feet). The M8 Convertible has a much larger trunk than the Portofino with its top up (12.4 vs. 10.3 cubic feet).

The M8’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Portofino’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the M8’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Portofino doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

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The M8 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Portofino doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The M8 has a standard heads-up display that projects speed, tachometer, warning and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Portofino doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The M8’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Portofino’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

If the windows are left open on the M8 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Portofino can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Comfort Access standard on the M8 allows you to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Ferrari Portofino’s Keyless Entry and Ignition doesn’t unlock the trunk.

Laser headlights, standard on the M8, produce their light by firing blue lasers through phosphorus, a process that uses one-half the power of the Portofino’s LED headlights. Laser headlights can have double the range of LEDs with a much smaller surface area.

A power rear sunshade and manual rear side window sunshades are standard in the M8 Gran Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Portofino doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

Both the M8 and the Portofino have standard heated front seats. The M8 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Portofino.

On extremely cold winter days, the M8’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Portofino doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the M8 has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Portofino doesn’t offer rear vents.

The M8’s standard steering wheel mounted cruise control on/off switch is conveniently located with the rest of the cruise controls. The Portofino’s standard cruise control must be turned on with a hard to find switch on the dashboard.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW M8 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Portofino doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The M8’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Portofino doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The BMW M8 comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Ferrari Portofino isn’t available as a coupe or sedan.

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