We’ve been expected Ferrari to reveal a Portofino coupe for some time now. It’s been rumoured for aeons and we’ve seen a few test mules doing the rounds, but what Maranello has revealed today is not a tin-top Portofino. At least, not quite.
The new Ferrari Roma has roughly the same footprint (the wheelbase matches and it’s only slightly longer) as the Portofino plus the same 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8, but along with the new name, the car has its own bespoke, swoopy bodywork.
The V8 here is slightly more powerful, developing 612bhp. Or if you’d appreciate an unintended front-engined Ferrari reference, 456kW. The full power figure comes in at a very un-turbocharger-like 7500rpm, while peak torque of 560lb ft is felt between 3000 and 5750rpm.
All of that is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox borrowed from the SF90 hybrid hypercar. 0-62mph happens in 3.4 seconds, 0-124mph is over and done with in 9.3, and the top speed will be over 199mph. So shall we just say 200?
That’s a tenth quicker than the Portofino for the 0-62mph sprint, and a whopping 1.5 seconds brisker for the 0-124. The new gearbox will help, but the Roma also has a big weight advantage - at 1472kg (dry), it’s 73kg lighter.
Like the exterior, the interior looks wholly different from anything else in the current Ferrari stable. There are some familiar bits though - the steering wheel and digital instrument cluster look to have been pinched from the SF90.
For now, that’s all we know. This is merely what we’ve gleaned from a brief press release Ferrari has put out as a sort of teaser, ahead of the big reveal on Thursday.
What do you think of Maranello’s latest model?