THE FERRARI ROMA
Ferrari has been on a roll for the year of 2019. They've released now five new models for their line-up and have reflected a stunningly stellar sales figure. Life for the prancing horse is on the up and up. Maintaining that momentum, Ferrari has taken the covers off of their newest front-engined GT sports car, the Roma
The Roma has its sights set directly at the Aston Martin Vantage and AMG GT with the same twin-turbo V8 powering most of the Ferrari model range. Based on the Portofino's chassis with roughly the same measurements, you could be forgiven for thinking the Roma is just a hardtop version of that car. The V8 in the Roma however, makes 19 more bhp, pushing out 611 horsepower at 7,500 rpm. The Roma also uses the same DCT gearbox as the SF90 Stradale.
The interior of the Roma is entirely new, seemingly borrowing its steering wheel from the Stradale and emphasizing on Ferrari's new dual-cockpit ideology. A central console slices between the front seats dividing the two. The driver's side gets the usual button laden steering wheel with some touch pads ala the Stradale. The passenger also has a screen displaying information for their own entertainment. Maybe to scare them during on-ramp accelerating?
Overall the Roma is a fairly compelling package. The same base as the Portofino albeit with a little more grunt and the rigidity of a hardtop roof. The "good looking front-engined car" styling ques are present and accounted for. Long front end with a swooping roof-line and a short rear. Check, check and check.
The Roma is a good looking creation from the people over at Ferrari, make no doubt about that. However, I can't help but see hints of Aston Martin strewn about its bodywork. The Roma is something new but I can't shake the feeling I've seen something like it before. I'm not completely against a new 2+ from Ferrari - whatever 2+ actually means, we'll have to wait for more details - I'm just not in love with it.
When the 458 came out I was smitten by it. All other pretenses about other cars being beautiful were blown away. All I wanted was a 458. Then the 488 came out and its hot-blooded Pista brother and I'm feeling the same way all over again. The F12 and 812 were very similar, one completely enrapturing me and the next doing exactly the same. The Roma? Its pretty, beautiful even. I just feel like there's repetition in the design. We'll have to see how it performs, then maybe it can take my breath away.