Ferrari Roma Lands In Oz

The new Italian GT drips in understated, classical elegance.

By Terry Christodoulou 28/07/2020

Ferrari’s Roma has finally made its way to Australia – with Robb Report among the select few to secure a first look at the newcomer.

Inspired by Italy’s golden years of the ’50s and ’60s, the Roma aims, according to the PR guff at least, to represent ‘La Nuova Dolce Vita’ – that is, the ‘new good life’. In reality, that means a new ‘mid-front’ engine sportscar that’s curvy, classical and understated in design and which is surely going after new Ferrari customers and those already partial to certain Porsche 911s and Astons. Oh, did we mention that front grille – well, just look at it. Go on.

In regards to performance, this Prancing Horse comes propelled by a twin-turbo V8 turning out 456kW and 760Nm of torque. The power, distributed through Ferrari’s 8-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox, delivers a decent (and for now alleged) 0-100km/h time of 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 320km/h.

The 2+ fastback coupé takes on traditional styling cues and the sporty elegance of legendary grand tourers of the ‘60s (hello 250 GT Lusso). Of note, the Roma was purposefully designed without the Scuderia Ferrari side shields, another nod to the Italian glory days and which also furthers its understated appeal.

To not disturb the visual lines, the rear spoiler is integrated into the rear screen and deployed in three different modes – low drag, medium downforce and high downforce – remaining in low drag until the car hits 100km/h.

The interior sees two, near symmetrical structures housing the driver and passenger. The Roma’s F1 controls are set into the centre console with a metal plate, referencing the classic gear lever ‘gates’ of the past, with exclusive materials such as full-grain Frau and Alcantara leather, chromed aluminium and carbon fibre are all striving for attention.

Priced from $409,888 with deliveries to commence early 2021.


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