In case you haven’t notice, Ferrari loves to name its sports cars after cities in Italy. This isn’t surprising as the carmaker was born and bred in "The Boot." There was the Maranello and the Modena as well as the Portofino. Now, Ferrari has turned its attention to the most important city in Italy – Rome.
The Prancing Horse has just revealed the newest addition to its family – the new Ferrari Roma -- to entice customers and members of international media. Of course, the best location to unveil the latest Ferrari coupe is Rome, and the Italian carmaker did it in the Stadio dei Marmi, a historic sports stadium opened in 1932.
The new Ferrari Roma is a mid-front-engine 2+2 coupe with elegant proportions and sophisticated balance. In terms of dimensions, the new Roma has a length of 183.3 inches (4,656 mm), a width of 1,974 mm and a height of 51.2 inches (1,301 mm), with a wheelbase that measures 105.1 inches (2,670 mm).
Ferrari aptly calls the new Roma “el nuovo dolce vita,” which means the new sweet life. The carmaker describes the model as a modern depiction of “el dolce vita” – the carefree and pleasurable way of life that defined the city of Rome in the decades of 1950s and ‘60s.
While the new Ferrari Roma serves as an icon of Italian design, it doesn’t compromise performance. In fact, it packs a lot of punch, even though it doesn't come with a V12 engine.
It is served by a 3.85-liter turbocharged V8 mill that is tuned to deliver 612 hp (456 kW or 620 cv) of max output between 5,750 rpm and 7,500 rpm, as well as 516 lb.-ft. (760 Nm) of peak torque available between 3,000 rpm and 5,750 rpm. This mill is mated to a new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission first installed on the Ferrari SF90 Stradale.
To give you an idea of the level of performance that the new Ferrari Roma offers, here are some figures. The new Roma can accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.4 seconds. It can even sprint from a standstill to 124 mph (200 km/h) in only 9.3 seconds.
As per the Prancing Horse, the new coupe can go as fast as 198.8 mph (320 km/h). That sure is fast, but the Roma can be easily left in dust by the SF90 Stradale that comes with a top speed of 211 mph.
To help guarantee this insane level of performance, the new Ferrari Roma benefits from a number of innovative technologies. One of these is a retractable rear spoiler that has been integrated into the rear screen. This spoiler will automatically deploy when the Roma is moving at high speeds. What an innovative way to generate more downforce!