Ferrari just unveiled its new Roma coupe - and it's a stunner
- The Ferrari Roma is an ultra-stylish coupé with a potent V8 engine and a new eight-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.
- The Ferrari Roma slots above the Portofino in Maranello's lineup.
- The Roma joins the 488-replacing F8 Tributo and Spider, as well as the 812 GTS (Ferrari's first V12 drop-top in 50 years) and the hybrid SF90 Stradale in the prancing-horse stable for 2019.
- The car is a classy GT, with a nominal backseat.
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Ferrari is on a tear. We've seen four new models in 2019, and as the year closes out, we have a fifth: the Ferrari Roma, unveiled on Thursday in, naturally, Rome.
The Roma is a what Ferrari is calling a "2+ coupé," meaning it has some space behind the front seats but is effectively a two-seater.
The car is a suave grand-tourer, with a 611-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 under the hood, displacing 3.9 liters and routing the punch through an eight-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. (The Roma slots in above the slightly less powerful Portofino in Maranello's lineup.)
The car is indeed a stunner. "Its beautifully harmonious proportions and elegantly pure, balanced volumes are very much in line with the Ferrari mid-front-engined grand touring tradition of which the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso and 250 GT 2+2 are the most iconic examples, and from which the car takes its inspiration," Ferrari said in a statement.
Ferrari said that the Roma embodies a fresh approach to chassis design, with 70% of the parts new to the vehicle. The Roma is also a lightweight package, at just 3,460 pounds. The o-60 mph dash happens in just north of three seconds, and the top speed is nearly 200 mph.
According to Ferrari, for the cabin, "the Ferrari Styling Centre designers developed a new formal 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."
This is an interesting evolution, as it creates an integrated, flowing interior, but at the expensive of some of the airy quality that characterized previous models. The instruments and infotainment are also comprehensively digital and far more of a factor than on pre-Roma Ferraris.
Ferrari didn't reveal pricing, but we suspect it could be in the $250,000 ballpark. Competitors should be the Aston Martin Vantage and the Mercedes-AMG GT.