With a front-mid-mounted V8 engine developing over 600 horsepower, the new Ferrari Roma is Maranello’s classically styled coupe
If you’ve ever been to Italy’s capital you’d have experienced the worst driving environment on the planet with roughly 10 million cars seemingly vying for the same spot off the lights. Still, that didn’t prevent The Eternal City from inspiring the new Ferrari Roma.
In short, this is basically a tin-top Portofino, even if the Internet will have you convinced that it’s actually an Aston Martin considering all the online comments regarding the design.
The new front-mid-engined Ferrari was revealed, naturally, in Rome, accompanied by a load of bumf harping on about ‘la Dolce Vita’, emotionality, and all the rest that goes along with manufacturers’ marketing departments.
Credit where it’s due however, the Ferrari Roma features neat, compact proportions thanks to a turbo-charged V8 engine sitting up front and behind the axle, driving the rear wheels with an eight-speed double-clutch transmission. When it comes to front-engined Ferrari coupes, the Maranello manufacturer tends to stuff V12s up there, but these days downsizing has crept over into the supercar realm as well.
Compared to the Portofino’s 600 horsepower, the Ferrari Roma steps it up with the 3.9-litre producing 620 horsepower at 5,750rpm and 760Nm of torque from 3,000rpm.
Should you spec all the available lightweight options, the Italians claim a dry weight of 1,472kg which enables the Roma to sprint from rest to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds and go on to a top speed of 320km/h. At 2,670mm the Roma’s wheelbase is identical to the Portofino’s which makes sense seeing as they’re technically related, but the Roma is also 70mm longer, 36mm wider, and a fraction lower which helps hugely with the way it looks.
Considering its rivals – the Aston Martin Vantage and DB11 V8; Mercedes-AMG GT; upcoming Porsche 911 Turbo – we can expect the price to start from around AED900,000 before you start going crazy with the optional extras.