Ferrari has been clearly putting in some effort in their new cars: the F8 Tributo, 812 GTS, and the SF90. Not so surprisingly, Ferrari is adding a new ‘Prancing Horse’ in their Maranello Stable. Dubbed the Roma, this grand tourer is now officially Ferrari’s 5th model in their lineup.
So, where does Roma sit in Ferrari’s already breathtaking lineup. The Roma sits above the Portofino, and below the GTC4Lusso T. While the Portofino is a luxurious convertible and the GTC4Lusso emphasizes on its ‘usability’, Roma will be the grand tourer that will focus on something more dynamic and sporty than those two.
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Roma is built based on the Ferrari Portofino platform and is equipped with the same 3.9L twin-turbocharged V8. The engine has 19 more horsepower compared to the Portofino, resulting in a sum of 611hp, which is already quite a lot. When matched with the 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox from the SF90 Stradale, it can achieve an astonishing 0-62 time of 3.4 seconds and reach up to 198mph. The performance is even better than the 2nd generation Vantage which scores a rather modest 0-62 time of 3.6 second and a top speed of 195mph.
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This was partly possible thanks to the reworked chassis and the bodywork, which is significantly lighter than the Portofino. While the Portofino weighs a rather hefty 1,664kg, the Roma only weighs 1,472kg, which is about 200kg lighter than it’s open-top cousin. The interesting point is that Ferrari calls the Roma a 2+ instead of the conventional 2+2 layout that is used in grand tourers. Although the released photos do not show the rear, it can be suspected to be a 2+0 like the Aston Martin Vanquish and the DB10. While 2+2 layout means there is a small seat behind usually for children, 2+0 layout indicates that instead of the seats, there is room for luggage, and in the case of the DB10, guns for James Bond.
The interior is the part that is the most shocking. The digital dashboard cluster from the SF90 Stradale is futuristic while carrying the traditional Ferrari elements like the huge central rev counter. Also, the towering center console is the factor that grabs one’s attention. Furthermore, there is a big touch screen that resembles the one in the Portofino but updated. The interior is relatively simple and refined. Other Ferrari factors such as information screen on the passenger seat to entertain your girlfriend with acceleration figures and the Manettino that comes from F1 cars. One of my favourite interior features of the car was the gear selector, which obviously looks like an open-gate manual that extends from Ferrari’s past models.
According to Ferrari, the exterior design is inspired by 250 GT Lusso, but Ferrari aficionados can easily notice the twin taillights and the quad exhausts resemble the 456. The overall design is not a groundbreaking one; but rather a design that homages the good old ‘classics’. Ferrari stated that “The car is a contemporary representation of the carefree, pleasurable way of life that characterized Rome in the 1950s and ‘60s.”, which pretty much explains the car’s design.
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So, who will Roma mainly compete with? It will probably be the Aston Martin Vantage, the aging AMG GT, and the Porsche 911 Turbo. Roma’s numbers are not bad compared too the new Vantage, but when considering that the 991 Turbo had similar performance with the 488 GTB and a new 992 Turbo is coming, it is not the most satisfying performance results. The price is not released yet, but it would be predicted to be a bit more expensive than the Portofino which starts at $215,000. When considering the fact that the Portofino is already $65,000 expensive than the base Vantage, the price gap will be a big ‘deter’ factor.
But who cares? The ones who will be buying the Roma will have a fridge full of Dom Perignon and a probably another Ferrari in his garage. So, you lucky ones, why not buy the Roma and enjoy your “La Dolce Vita”?