Ferrari has just presented its brand new Roma. On the program, a new style, luxury and a 620 horsepower V8.
Shark-nosed bodywork, minimalist grille and horizontal LED light strip, this Roma was designed to recall classic GTs. Nevertheless, we still notice a little nod to the Monza SP1 and SP2 at the front lights.
At the back of this new model we notice muscular wings, horizontal lights just as thin as those at the front and four tailpipes.
Functional side, the Roma has vortex generators and an active rear spoiler Capable of reducing drag depending on whether it is set to give low, medium or high downforce. Ferrari claims that these accessories allow the car to produce 95 kg more downforce than the Portofino.
If the car is undeniably sporty, it is also elegant. To do this, the Prancing Horse engineers removed everything that was superfluous on the bodywork. No typical Scuderia shields either: this Roma follows in the footsteps of the GTs of the 1950s.
Inside, the driver is seated behind a new steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls still showing the Five-position manettino : Comfort, Sport, Race, Wet and ESC-Off. The latter is a first for a GT of the brand.
A digital instrument cluster is assembled on a 16-inch screen just behind the wheel : counters, tachometer, telemetry information… No doubt, we are in a Ferrari. The digital cockpit makes its debut at Ferrari and also allows to exchange information on mechanics for the navigation system.
Pleasant for passengers too
Between the driver and the passenger, the central console is also loaded with technologies: a large 8.4 inch screen can manage the infotainment system or air conditioning. As this Roma is meant to be luxurious, we notice a lot of leather and Alcantara, brushed aluminum and carbon fibers here and there in the cabin.
The passengers can also have an 8.8-inch screen (optional) which can display information on audio, navigation … Ferrari says this effectively turns the passenger into a true co-pilot.
Technologically the Ferrari Roma has an assortment of driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning. She embeds a panoramic camera, recognition of road signs and blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert. In short, everything you need to make it a real GT.
And under the hood?
This new model of the Cavallino draws its power from a 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 equipped with some new parts including a “speed sensor” which measures the revolutions of the engine and makes it possible to increase the maximum speed of 5000 rev / min.
The engine develops 620 horsepower and 760 Nm of maximum torque. Ferrari says it offers a “Almost instantaneous throttle response” thanks to its flat crankshaft and compact turbos. The engine also features a one-piece cast iron exhaust manifold with pipes of equal length for “Optimize the pressure in the turbos and reduce energy losses”.
The engine is mated to a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission derived from the gearbox used in the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. But Roma have longer gear ratios.
In terms of performance, the 1,472 kg coupe can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.4 seconds and from 0 to 200 km / h in 9.3 seconds. If it finds the right track, Roma can reach a top speed of over 320 km / h.
Besides this powerful V8, the Roma features the latest evolution of Side Slip Control. Known as SSC 6.0, this system works in harmony with the E-Diff, F1-Trac, SCM-E Frs and Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer systems.