Ferrari is showing off its brand new Roma grand tourer in Rome - how fitting is that?
Ferrari says the car is meant to evoke “La Nuova Dolce Vita,” meaning the new sweet life, through a modern, minimalist design that pays homage to the 1950s and '60s Rome. The design clearly hints at some of the Italian car manufacturer's models from that era as well, like the Daytona, 250 GT 2+2, and the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso.
3 Taking Aim At Aston Martin
There's no question that Ferrari has aimed this missile at Aston Martin's customers. There are some undeniable similarities to James Bond's DB10 and it has a similar bulging, muscular shape to that of the Vantage, yet it remains elegant and minimalistic.
In terms of size, it’s 191mm longer than Vantage and 83mm shorter than a DB11.
2 Drivetrain And Performance
The mid-front engined Roma has the same wheelbase and 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine as the Portofino, but is slightly more powerful with its 612 horses. Its new eight-speed DCT gearbox comes courtesy of the SF90 Stradale.
Zero to 62mph happens in just 3.4 seconds - which is two tenths faster than the 503hp Aston Martin Vantage. 0-124 mph in 9.3 seconds is also comfortably faster than the Vantage, and the top speed of 199+ mph should be enough for most mortals.
1 Modern Features In A Retro Design
Even though the Roma has a slightly retro design, Ferrari has loaded it up with modern features, such as LED adaptive headlights with an illuminated strip running through them, and ultra-thin, sleek tail-lights.
Inside, there's a high center console separating the driver and passenger, a large digital instrument cluster for the driver to look at - with an infotainment screen next to it. To keep any passengers from getting bored, there's even a separate screen for them. Ferrari has thrown down the gauntlet with this one.