Ferrari has revealed another new model – its fifth this year – with the front-engined, V8-powered Roma coupé.
Named after the Italian capital city, this grand tourer boasts 620hp and 760Nm of torque from its 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 engine. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. As a result, 0-60mph is covered in 3.2 seconds with the car’s top speed said to be in excess of 199mph.
Based on the same platform as the Portofino convertible, the Roma’s engine sits at the front of an elongated coupé body. The Roma takes on a classically-inspired look that is quite different to anything else in the current Ferrari line-up. Using hallmarks of the 250 GT Lusso of the 1960s, it features sleek bodywork with minimal disruptions in its design and a short rear overhang.
In order to keep grip at a high level without affecting the clean aesthetic, the Ferrari Roma utilises a rear spoiler that deploys at higher speeds — then retracting to return the smooth silhouette of the car.
Ferrari describes the front of the cabin as containing two ‘cells’. In effect, this sees the driver’s and passenger’s side of the car split by a centre console that swoops down from the dashboard. This looks to create an almost single seater-like effect at either side, and is again very different from any of Ferrari’s other models.
A 16-inch digital instrument cluster sits in front of the driver in place of traditional dials and gauges, while a vertically-mounted eight-inch infotainment is housed within the centre console.
There’s also a rear bench seat to give the car the ability to carry four occupants at any one time, though based on similar efforts from other manufacturers, we imagine this ‘+2’ layout will serve better for children or as extra luggage room.
There is no word yet on pricing and availability for the Ferrari Roma as yet, but expect a mid-late 2020 arrival.