Ferrari is on a roll this year. Launching 5 new models in 2019 alone with the latest one being the Ferrari Roma.
It’s a front-engine V8-powered entry-level 2+2-seater sports car that sits between the Ferrari Portofino and F8 Tributo.
Ferrari calls it 2+coupe as the rear seats are an option. Ferrari is really optimistic about fitting passengers in the rear of the Roma as they’ve included ISOFIX mounting points. How thoughtful.
No, the Roma is not a coupe version of the Portofino although the two shares the same wheelbase of 2,670 mm. That’s because the Portofino’s structure was never intended to be a hardtop coupe.
Instead, Ferrari positions the Roma as an ‘accessible sportscar’ – for those who are not ready to tame a full-fledge V8 Ferrari supercar but would still want to experience the exhilaration and prestige of the prancing horse badge.
As such, the 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine pushes out a mere 620 PS and 760 Nm of torque a cool 100 PS and 10 Nm lesser than the F8 Tributo.
Unlike the F8 Tributo, the Roma adopts the new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic taken from the SF90 Stradale (Ferrari’s first hybrid) to send drive to the rear wheels.
Century sprint takes 3.4 seconds and the second-century sprint is achieved in 9.3 seconds. Top speed is claimed to be in excess of 320 km/h.
The Ferrari Roma will go up against the likes of Porsche 911, Aston Martin Vantage and Mercedes-AMG GT. There you have it, a less scary Ferrari that (kind of) fits 4 and is not an SUV.