Ferrari Portofino etymology: What does its name mean or come from?

The Ferrari Portofino is a folding hardtop convertible with a front engine 3.9-litre turbo V6 with 441kW (591hp) and 760Nm (561 lb-ft), and a 7-speed DCT.


The Portofino replaces the California as the company’s “entry level” model, and like the California it has a folding hardtop roof.

According to Ferrari, the Portofino is named after the picturesque fishing and resort town of Portofino, which is located on the Italian Riveria and near the city of Genoa.

Built around a small harbour, Portofino had a population of just 439 during the 2011 census. That means, when the Ferrari Portofino’s production run comes to an end, there will be more people riding around in Portofinos than actually living in the town its named after.



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