Ferrari have just unveiled their brand-new Ferrari Roma, a V8 2+ coupé at a special event in Rome, setting new standards with the use of cutting-edge technology.
This new mid-front-engined 2+ coupé offers not only outstanding performance but is also a beautiful Italian designed car with contemporary lines that is a nod to the carefree way of life that was typical in Rome in the 1950s and 60s.
The engine is a powerful 611 bhp 3855 cc turbo-charged V8 that achieves 456 kW (620 cv) at 5750 – 7500 rpm and has a maximum torque of 760 Nm at 3000 – 5750 rpm. It is mated to a new 8-speed DCT gearbox that was first introduced in the SF90 Stradale.
The new Ferrari Roma has a top speed of over 320 km/h (199mph) and a 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) time of 3.4 seconds and will go on to reach 200 km/h in just 9.3 seconds.
The chassis uses modular technology that has been developed by Ferrari for its new generation models. Both the bodyshell and chassis have been redesigned to incorporate the latest weight reduction and advanced production technologies with 70% of its components being entirely new.
The Roma features cutting-edge vehicle dynamics systems, which includes the Side Slip Control 6.0, which is a first on a Ferrari GT car, with 5- position manettino and Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer which controls yaw angle by hydraulically adjusting brake pressure at the callipers.
The Ferrari Roma’s cabin took a completely new approach that involved the creation of two separate cells, one each for the driver and passenger. This dual cockpit concept embraces the entire cabin rather than just the dashboard as was previously the case.
The design of the interior took its lead from the total redesign of the HMI, starting with the new steering wheel designed using the “Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel” philosophy with all the car’s main commands actioned by haptic controls, ensuring the driver doesn’t have to move their hands from the wheel. The car’s 16” digital instrument cluster provides the driver with all the necessary information they need, while the 8.4” vertical screen central display and new passenger display are both intuitive and user-friendly.
There is also a new key system with a “Comfort Access” function that allows the driver to open the car by touching a button next to the new flush door handle.
This stunning new car will no doubt go head-to-head with the likes of the Aston Martin Vantage and Mercedes-AMG GT.
Ferrari have not released any prices yet for the Roma or when the new car will go on sale, but we will keep you informed as and when we receive any updates. For more information please visit www.ferrari.com
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari Press Office