Ferrari Unveil New Roma Supercar

By Paul Joseph

By their low-volume standards, Ferrari have had a very busy year and the iconic Italian marquee recently unveiled their 5th new model of 2019 in the shape of the brand new Ferrari Roma.

Unveiled in the eponymous capital city of Italy, the all-new 620hp V8 front-engined coupé arrives with bold styling, including active aerodynamics integrated into the rear screen that deploys automatically at high speeds for optimal downforce.

Inspired by classic front-engined Ferraris from the 1960s such as the 250 GT Berlinetta, the Roma has a distinctly retro touch, seen in its sculpted hood, grille, and overall silhouette.

On the interior, the cabin's  dual-cockpit layout has evoluved, now featuring separate driver and passenger cells. Ferrari has introduced the Roma as a ‘2+’ which denotes a space for a small rear seat or storage behind the front seats.

The traditional analogue dials have been replaced by a 16-inch curved screen mounted behind the steering wheel which also gets an all-new design, while the infotainment system has received a vertically oriented 8.4-inch display in the centre console.

The Roma is intended as a more practical alternative to more performance-focused offerings in Ferrari’s line-up. It has a boot capacity of 345 liters, which is roughly equal to that of the Roma’s AMG GT and Vantage rivals.

Under the hood is a revamped version of the 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 engine used in the Portofino drop-top and elsewhere in Ferrari’s line-up. The engine in the Roma is tuned to produce 611 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels via the eight-speed DCT gearbox that was introduced on the SF90 Stradale.

Ferrari claim the Roma can hit 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, 124 mph in 9.3 seconds, and top out at 199 mph.

The Ferrari Roma is set to go on sale next summer with a starting price of around $220,000.

By Paul Joseph