Yesterday we saw the launch of a new McLaren (click here for more) and, not to be outdone, the all-new Ferrari Roma was unveiled late last night. The Roma is the latest in a line of new products to be introduced by Maranello this year: topless versions of the 812 GTS and F8 and the SF90 Stradale.
The name, same as the launch city, was chosen, according to Ferrari’s blurb: “With its distinctive flair and style, the car is a contemporary representation of the carefree, pleasurable way of life that characterised Rome in the 1950s and ’60s. The Ferrari Roma offers discerning clients the finesse and refinement that brings the concept of ‘la Dolce Vita’ right up to date.”
Grand touring with power
The Ferrari Roma is described as a mid-front-engined 2+ coupé and its lines are akin to that of a grand tourer, with an elongated bonnet and usable boot space. Fans (who saw the Roma on our Facebook page last night) have claimed that the lines remind them of an Aston Martin or Mercedes-AMG GT, both pretty cars in their own right.
Its appearance may take cues from models in Ferrari’s past, but under the skin the Roma is all-new. It uses the same, award-winning engine as found in other recent Ferraris. The 3,9-litre V8 features twin-turbochargers and is mated with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that is connected exclusively to the rear axle.
In this application it has been tuned to deliver 456 kW of power between 5 750 and 7 500 r/min along with peak torque of 760 N.m, the latter produced between 3 000 and 5 750 r/min. Mass is quoted as 1 472 kg. With those outputs the Ferrari Roma is said to sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 3,4 seconds and onto 200 km/h in 9,3. Top speed is quoted as over 320 km/h.