Ferrari Roma is Another Sleek Italian Coupe Inspired From the Past

Published on November 14, 2019 in New Models by Guillaume Rivard

This year was a big one for Ferrari. Following the debuts of the SF90 Stradale, F8 Spider and 812 GTS, here comes the all-new Roma.

The company describes it as a contemporary reinterpretation of the carefree lifestyle of 1950s and ‘60s Rome, hence the name. More specifically, the Ferrari Roma takes its inspiration from mid-front-engined grand touring coupes like the 250 GT Berlinetta lusso and 250 GT 2+2.

Clean, elegant lines and harmonious proportions are the key from a design standpoint. All superfluous details have been removed. For example, radiator cooling is delivered by a monolithic surface that is perforated only where necessary, creating a new radiator grille concept.

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The Roma also incorporates several leading-edge technologies, most notably a mobile rear spoiler integrated into the rear screen that automatically deploys at high speeds to improve downforce.

And you can be sure the car has no problem achieving impressive velocities: 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and a top speed in excess of 320 km/h. This is the product of a twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 that punches out 611 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 561 pound-feet of torque at 5,750 rpm. It’s part of the V8 family that has won the International Engine of the Year four years in a row and it features Variable Boost Management for instantaneous throttle response.

Engineers also developed a new eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox that’s lighter and more compact than the previous seven-speed unit. Drivers can expect faster and smoother shifts in addition to reduced fuel consumption.

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As far as the chassis is concerned, 70 percent of the components are entirely new. Ferrari claims the Roma has the best power-to-weight ratio in its segment (2.4 kg/hp), which enhances handling and responsiveness. The wheels are 20 inches in size.

Inside, designers used a new approach that involved the creation of 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 as was previously the case.

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The human-machine interface was completely redesigned in the process, starting with the new steering wheel where all the car’s main functions can be actioned by haptic controls. Right behind is a 16-inch digital instrument cluster that provides all the necessary information, while the 8.4-inch vertical touchscreen is said to be exceptionally intuitive and user-friendly.

And while the pictures don’t show the rear seats, the fact that the Roma is called a “2+ coupe” means you probably won’t be able to fit more than a small suitcase behind the front seats.

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