Say hello to the latest member of the Ferrari family - the Roma. After dropping some key details and a smattering of images yesterday, Maranello has now given its new coupe the full reveal treatment.
Although its wheelbase matches the Portofino drop-top and the footprint is near enough the same, Ferrari says the Roma sits on an all-new modular platform which will form the basis of multiple future models. Around 70 per cent of the car is new.
The 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 isn’t entirely fresh, but it has been given some new bits - there’s a reworked exhaust system (which includes gasoline particulate filters) and new camshafts with a higher valve lift. The changes bump the power up to 612bhp, which arrives at 7500rpm. Peak torque of 560lb ft is developed from 3000 to 5750rpm.
Power is sent to the rear wheels exclusively, via an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox shared with the SF90 hybrid hypercar. It shifts faster than Ferrari’s older seven-speed DCT, and weighs 7kg less.
The Roma is good for a 0-62mph time of 3.4 seconds, while 0-124mph takes just 9.3sec. Those are improvements of a tenth and 1.5sec on the Portofino respectively. We don’t know the top speed just yet, but it should be over 200mph.
Depending on how thoroughly you’d like to send it, there are five different driver settings available via the steering wheel-mounted ‘manettino’. The Roma is the first Ferrari GT to get Side Slip Control 6.0, making heroic-looking drifting disarmingly easy.
The Roma does have a set of rear seats, but from what we saw at the reveal even in Rome, they’re only really fit for kids. It’s not clear at this stage if they’ll be fitted as standard or only available as an optional extra. With the seats up the Roma has 272 litres of boot space, expanding to 345 litres when they’re folded down.
Moving to the more important bit of the cabin, you’ll find a dashboard design unlike anything else used in the current Ferrari lineup. It features a new 8.4-inch portrait infotainment screen, and a 16-inch digital instrument cluster. The latter display and the steering wheel join the gearbox as hand-me-downs from the SF90.
The exterior is described as a “clean design” that’s supposed to exhibit “formal minimalism”. Compared to some of the fussy, outlandish stuff we’ve seen a lot of manufacturers come up with lately (we’re looking at you, BMW), the Roma is a breath of fresh air. That’s not to say Ferrari hasn’t abandoned function completely - the rear windscreen has an integrated active spoiler which pops out at higher speeds to increase downforce, disappearing when not needed to ensure the Roma’s elegant lines aren’t disrupted.
Like what you see? We don’t know how much it’ll cost you in the UK just yet, although judging by its €200,000 pricetag in the Eurozone, we suspect it’ll be £180,000 - £190,000.