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2021 Ferrari Portofino M

2021 Ferrari Portofino M

Ferrari updates its hard-top grand tourer with more powerful V-8 and new eight-speed automatic

The 2021 Ferrari Portofino M is an updated version of the Portofino grand tourer. Unveiled in 2020, three years after the Portofino arrived to replace the California T, the 2021 Portofino M features mild upgrades inside and out, but it also comes with a more powerful V-8 engine and a brand-new transmission.

The 2021 Portofino M also marks the return of the "M" badge. Short for Modificata, which indicates extensive updates, this badge has been used on a few Ferraris in the 1990s and 2000s. Notable examples include the 575M Maranello from 2002 and the F512 M, the third iteration of the Testarossa, in 1994. Let’s find out more about the 2021 Portofino M in the review below.

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2018 Ferrari Portofino

2018 Ferrari Portofino

The California is dead, long live the Portofino!

Launched in 2008, the Ferrari California is the company’s only convertible grand tourer. At first powered by a naturally aspirated V-8, it received a twin-turbo unit in 2014, when it was redesigned and rebadged as the California T. Come 2017 and the drop-top was once again upgraded, this time around gaining more significant changes on the outside. The nameplate was again modified, which comes at no surprise given that the facelifts of both the F12berlinetta and FF brought new names into dealerships. The California was renamed the Portofino, and it’s now more powerful than ever.

While the California name was rather familiar and dates back to the late 1950s, the Portofino is a brand-new nameplate for the Italian firm. But much like California, it was also borrowed from a geographic area, this time around from the Italian town of Portofino. Ferrari explains that this name was selected because the city has become " internationally synonymous with elegance, sportiness and understated luxury." It may take a while to get used to seeing this name on a Ferrari, but needless to say, it’s more than appropriate for the redesigned California. Keep reading to find out why.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari Portofino.

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