The New Ferrari Roma

Sound the new Ferrari klaxon, we’ve got another one. The fifth new model from Maranello this year – F8 Tributo, F8 Tributo Spider, 812 GTS, SF90 Stradale… and now Roma, designed to muscle in on the Aston Martin Vantage and AMG GT’s patch.ferrari_roma_03

Details incoming, but first let’s place it in Ferrari’s sprawling V8 range. GTC4 Lusso T is the big front-engined V8 Grand Tourer, Portofino is the front-engined V8 convertible, F8 Tributo and hybrid SF90 Stradale have the hardcore mid-engine V8 market covered and Roma is something new – a front-engined V8 coupe, a bit faster and more dynamic than Portofino, that plugs a sizeable gap in the line-up.

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Ferrari tends to use separate platforms for separate model lines, but the Roma’s basis is the Portofino – same wheelbase, same 3.9-litre twin turbo V8 engine, but with a few crucial changes. The engine has been juiced up by 19bhp to 611bhp at 7500rpm, it uses the new eight-speed DCT gearbox from the SF90 Stradale and the interior is entirely new. Ferrari is calling the Roma a 2+, rather than a 2+2, and with only the pictures here to hand it’s unclear exactly what that means – optional rear seats is our best guess. Clarification as soon as we have it.

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Performance is enhanced over the Portofino, partly down to the extra grunt, partly down to weight loss – at 1472kg dry, it weighs 73kg less than its open-top sister car. So, 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds is a tenth faster than the Portofino and two tenths faster than the 503bhp Vantage, 0-124mph in 9.3 seconds is comfortably faster than both and a top speed of 198mph+ is plenty for anyone that lives in the real world.

 

In terms of size, it’s a few millimetres longer, wider and lower than Portofino, a full 191mm longer than Vantage and 83mm shorter than a DB11. But, like the Vantage, it bulges like a tense muscle, but at the same time brings some minimalist elegance back. Stunning, isn’t it?

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