You could almost hear Russell Crowe’s Maximus yelling to the gathered crowd of dedicated clients, “Are you not entertained?” as Ferrari unveiled their new Roma during an event held a stone’s throw from the coliseum in Rome, Italy. A coupe with a mid-front-engine designed to carry two passengers, the Ferrari Roma features cutting edge technology from the Prancing Horse.
The Ferrari Roma offers a design that has feeling best represented by life in Rome during the 1950s and 1960s—a lifestyle that was carefree and pleasurable. The harmonious lines of the Roma suggest sensuality, and the car is a perfect representation of “la Dolce Vita”—the sweet life. But this isn’t a laid-back car by any means. Under the hood, the Ferrari Roma boasts a 90-degree turbo 3.9-liter V8 with a 3,855cc displacement. This is the same turbo-charged V8 that has won the overall International Engine of the Year award for four years running. For the Roma, Ferrari coupled the engine with a new eight-speed DCT gearbox originally introduced on the SF90 Stradale. The Roma can tap into 611 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. According to Ferrari, the Roma will hit 62 miles per hour from 0 in just 3.4 seconds, and 124 in 9.3. It has a top speed of 199 miles per hour.
Ferarri installed plenty of digital technology to set the Roma apart. It comes with Ferrari’s latest version of dynamic control and also features electronic stability control. Ferrari’s Dynamic Enhancer adjusts brake pressure on the wheels to better enhance the Race mode. When driving at high speeds, a spoiler deploys to provide more down force. Side Slip Control 6.0 comes on the Roma. Roma is also much lighter, with 70 percent of its parts being new with the purpose of increasing its power-to-weight ratio.
Inside the cab, you’ll find a dual cockpit, with separate pods for the driver and passenger. The steering wheel is new and commands are delivered to the Roma via haptic controls on the wheel. A 16-inch digital cluster provides information. You can have the sweet life for just a little over 200,000 euros.