In an effort to make a Ferrari Supercar more Italian than ever, the Prancing Horse has announced the New Ferrari Roma; a latest creation by the folks at Maranello. The Roma was picked as a true homage to Italy’s capital city, Rome, where a dedicated event was held to present the Ferrari Roma to clients. They call it an icon of Italian design.
Ferrari Roma is all about flair and style the Italian way and like the Italians, it represents a contemporary interpretation of the carefree, pleasurable way of life. This also denotes the era of the 1950s and ‘60s in Rome.
The Ferrari Roma is the newest mid-front-engined 2+ Coupe featuring the brand’s know-how in terms of design, refined proportions, and everything to do with performance and handling. In dimensions, the Roma measures 4656 mm long, 1974 mm wide and 1301 mm in height. Although a true-blood Coupe, the Roma has a sizeable wheelbase at 2670 mm with its sweptback tailend. Gross weight of the newest Ferrari supercar is just under 1.5 tons, at 1472 kilograms.
At the front, the Roma is clean, elegant and carries the touring tradition of past Ferrari mid-engined models, namely the 250 GT Berlinetta lusso and 250 GT 2+2. You can’t ignore the Roma’s long, ultra-sleek lines on the bonnet and those slim adaptive LED headlights (Matrix LED options). Then, there’s the smooth silhouette of the flanks and compact, set-back fastback cabin. From the rear, there’s a mobile rear spoiler integrated into the rear screen, designed to retain the car’s formal elegance when retracted and guarantee optimum downforce.
Inside, the cabin, designed by Ferrari Styling Center, has two separate cells, one each for driver and passenger, in an evolution of the dual cockpit concept that embraces the entire cabin rather than just the dashboard. Highlights include 16” digital instrument cluster, a central display with an 8.4” vertical screen, a new passenger display and Ferrari key with “Comfort Access” function.
A new, redesigned exhaust system minus silencers make sure of an ‘irressistable’ sound. The exhaust system takes up new bypass valves.
Representing the pinnacle of performance, the Ferrari Roma is fitted with a 4.0-liter turbo-charged V8 from the family of engines that has won the overall International Engine of the Year award four years running. In this version, the engine reaches 620 cv (456 kW) at 7500 rpm and a max. torque of 760 Nm between 3000 – 5750 rpm, and is coupled with the new 8-speed DCT gearbox that was introduced on the SF90 Stradale. This powertrain enables the Roma to hit a top speed of just under 320 km/h, while a 100 km/h sprint takes just 3.4 seconds.
The Ferrari Roma’s chassis benefits from the modular technology. Both bodyshell and chassis have been redesigned to incorporate the latest weight reduction and advanced production technologies. On this subject, the most notable vehicle dynamics systems are the Side Slip Control 6.0 (a first on a Ferrari GT car) with 5-position manettino and Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. Lastly, Advanced Driver’s Assistance Systems (ADAS) have been upgraded for the Ferrari Roma with the inclusion of Adaptive Cruise Control.