The All-New Ferrari Roma, a Turbo V8 +2 GT coupé has been unveiled in Rome from the Prancing Horse.
An all-new Ferrari has been unveiled to the world.
Their latest car, a +2 GT coupé, features the typically sublime and refined design that we have come to expect from the iconic Maranello automaker, and sports all the excess power and agility required to guarantee a typically Ferrari driving experience. Ferrari say its signature Italian styling is a ‘contemporary reinterpretation of the carefree lifestyle of 1950s and ‘60s Rome, from which it takes its evocative name, the Roma.’
Stylistically, the Ferrari Roma is characterised by clean forms. Its proportions are very much in line with the Ferrari mid-front-engined grand touring tradition like the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso and 250 GT 2+2, from which the car takes significant inspiration. Despite these timeless influences it embodies an extremely modern design language which underlines its authentic, refined styling. At the same time, its sleek lines retain the character shared shared by all Ferraris.
Ferrari’s engineers developed several technologies for the Roma, most notably active aerodynamics via a mobile rear spoiler integrated into the rear screen designed to retain the car’s clean looks when retracted and guarantee the downforce essential for the Roma’s extraordinary performance by automatically deploying at high speeds.
The Prancing Horse’s new 2+ coupé sports a V8 turbo engine that produces 611hp at 7,500 rpm, making it the most powerful in its class. A member of the V8 family that has won the International Engine of the Year four years in a row, it features Variable Boost Management for instantaneous throttle response. With the adoption of Gasoline Particulate Filters, attention was also focused on the sound of the exhaust system which has been completely redesigned, removing the silencers and introducing new bypass valves.
It’s new 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox is more lighter and more compact, exactly 6 kg lighter than its 7- speed predecessor. Not only does it offer more gears and save weight and space, it also lowers fuel consumption and emissions. Shifts are smoother and faster too which makes the car even more responsive on the open road, but also especially comfortable in traffic and during stop & start situations.
The Ferrari Roma’s chassis benefits from the modular technology developed by Ferrari for its new generation models. Both bodyshell and chassis have been redesigned to incorporate the latest weight reduction and advanced production technologies. 70% of its components are entirely new.
Ferrari’s vehicle dynamics systems feature on the Roma, the most notable being the Side Slip Control 6.0 (a first on a Ferrari GT car) with Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer and 5-position manettino which controls yaw angle by hydraulically adjusting brake pressure at the callipers.
Ferrari have gone with a more modern, clean and minimalist approach to design this time around, with all superfluous detailing removed: for example, radiator cooling is guaranteed by a monolithic surface that is perforated only where necessary, creating a new radiator grille concept. The full-LED adaptive headlights are traversed by a horizontal light strip. The wraparound rear screen incorporates an active aero rear spider mentioned earlier, to ‘preserve that signature purity of form’, while the twin taillight assembly is set into the car’s surface ‘like a gem’.
For the cockpit, the Ferrari Styling Centre designers developed a new approach that involved the creation of two separate ‘cells’. The driver and passenger have one each, in an evolution of the dual cockpit concept Ferrari are embracing for their cabins moving forward. The crafting of the interior was led by the the redesign of the HMI. This resulted the new steering wheel designed using Ferrari’s “Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel” philosophy where all the car’s major commands are managed by haptic controls so the driver doesn’t have to remove their hands from the wheel. The 16” digital instrument cluster provides the pilot with information, while there is also a central display with an 8.4” vertical screen and a new passenger display. It also features modern comfort and ease-of-use featureshe such as a new key fob with “Comfort Access” function that allows the driver to open the car by touching a button next to the new flush handle in the door, and the Matrix LED headlights and optional Ferrari advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including adaptive Cruise Control, which Ferrari say will help to make day-to-day and longer journeys a more comfortable and relaxing experience.