FERRARI: New Roma sports car revealed15 November 2019
Ferrari has revealed the Ferrari Roma, an all-new model that slots in between the Ferrari Portofino and the Ferrari F8 Tributo in the brand’s line-up.
Revealed at a dedicated client event held in Italy's iconic capital, the Roma’s styling and interior design represent a departure from those of existing models. With a more curvaceous design language employed on the Roma, is this the future direction Ferrari are taking their models? Prices are likely to start around £190,000 before options and deliveries are pencilled in for summer 2020.
Rumours ahead of the car’s unveiling suggested Ferrari were set to unveil a coupe version of the Portofino, but instead revealed a completely new model.
The body lines on the Roma are very reminiscent of the 1950s and 60s Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso and 250 GT 2+2. A long bonnet, short cabin with the occupants sat near the rear axle and incredibly beautiful curvy body lines, a true grand tourer.
Its profile also shares an uncanny resemblance to the Maserati Alfieri Concept from 2014. It won’t be the first time such a plan has been hatched, as the Ferrari California was originally planned as a Maserati.
The Roma uses slim LED lights at the front and rear, while the ‘shark nose’ front end also features a body-coloured grille and a pointy chin spoiler. At the rear, there’s a hidden active spoiler below the windscreen, which can switch between three set positions.
Coming in at the lower end of the firm’s supercar range, the Ferrari Roma will be a rival to cars like the Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT.
The interior is styled like no other Ferrari, and it’s clear that the firm is moving away from its current layout.
Keeping the dashboard sleek, Ferrari have opted to use an 8.4” infotainment system in portrait orientation, which sounds small but, in this configuration, works really well displaying navigation, audio and climate controls.
The two front seats are separated by a sweep of trim that seamlessly joins the dashboard. There’s a new, hi-res screen in front of the passenger that can display performance stats and audio information.
Under that swooping bonnet is a 3.9-litre V8 engine which, with the help of a turbo, produces 612hp. It’s rear-wheel drive only, and an eight-speed twin-clutch gearbox lifted from the SF90 plug-in hybrid is fitted as standard. Zero-to-62mph takes just 3.4 seconds, and the top speed is said to be over 200mph. Unlike the Vantage, we don’t expect the Ferrari Roma to be offered with a manual gearbox.
The Roma sits on a new modular platform, which will be used for all next-generation Ferrari models. In fact, 70% of the Roma’s parts are new, including the exhaust system that has bypass valves, but goes without silencers. Ferrari’s latest model is also the first of the company’s ‘grand tourers’ to feature its ‘Slip Slide Control 6.0’ traction control system, which harnesses the power of torque vectoring to regulate the power supplied to each wheel. On the steering wheel of the Roma, you’ll see the Manettino switch, a rotary dial allowing the drive to switch between wet, comfort, sport and race driving modes.