Embraces the glamour of a bygone era
Ferrari has a new car, named after the Italian capital – the Roma is the latest coupé from Maranello, and an attempt to revisit the glamour of the 1950s and 1960s, when the brand made such cars as the 250 GT and the 275 GTB.
The proportions of the Roma are very much in line with the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso or the 250 GT 2+2, but at the same time offer an extremely modern design language. There is a mobile rear spoiler integrated into the rear screen, which deploys at high speeds, and a V8 turbo engine that punches out 456kW at 7,500rpm, making this the most powerful car in its segment.
A new eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, more compact and 6kg lighter than Ferrari’s seven-speed predecessor, helps to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, while shifts are faster and smoother, making the car even more responsive on the open road, but also comfortable around town.
Both the bodyshell and chassis incorporate the latest weight reduction and advanced production technologies. To underscore that formal minimalism, all superfluous detailing has been removed: for example, radiator cooling is guaranteed by a monolithic surface that is perforated only where necessary, and the full-LED adaptive headlights are traversed by a horizontal light strip.
For the interior, the new steering wheel has been designed with all of the car’s main commands actioned by haptic controls. The 16in digital instrument cluster provides all of the necessary information, while the central display with an 8.4in vertical screen and a new passenger display are exceptionally intuitive and user-friendly.
The new Ferrari key with its Comfort Access function allows the driver to open the car by touching a button next to the new flush handle in the door. Expect the car to reach 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds, with a top speed in excess of 320km/h.