Drop-Dead Gorgeous Ferrari Roma Spider Brings Shades of the 1960s
The Roma is arguably the prettiest Ferrari on sale today and we’ve always wondered how good its convertible version would have looked. Now, that tantalising prospect is a reality with the Roma Spider being revealed with a soft top fabric roof. It’s the first time since the ’60s 365GTS/4 that a front-engined Ferrari convertible will feature a fabric roof, and we’d say it looks even better.
Metal hardtops are heavy and add needless bulk to the design while a lighter soft-top sprinkles a bit of old-school charm on an already pretty design. The soft-top also folds back and forth in just 13 seconds while you can also do this on the move with speeds of up to 60 km/h.
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Design-wise, the Roma remains largely unchanged and we’re glad since the ’60s-infused Italian charm is something to behold with curves being draped at the right places along with a sense of classic beauty about those lines. That said, the Roma Spider has subtly modified rear styling thanks to a new spoiler and an updated bumper design. Elsewhere, there is a new wind deflector that cuts down turbulence.
The Roma Spider is around 84 kgs heavier than its coupe sibling but that’s something owners will hardly notice since the 3.9-litre V8 with its 612 bhp and 0 to 100km/h tome of 3.4 seconds will be heard better with no barrier between the driver and the engine. Ferrari has also taken this opportunity to tweak its dual-clutch gearbox and slip in the latest version of its, er, Side Slip Control system for those interested in exploring the nearest concrete wall with their AUD$600,000 Ferrari.
Inside, there is quite a lot of luxury along with the latest Ferrari HMI system plus the gated gear selector stays to remind you that once upon a time, Ferrari dabbled in manuals. Standard equipment is pretty generous with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and 18-way power-adjustable heated seats while you can spec a neck warmer if you’d like to drive it to cooler climates.
The Roma Spider will replace the Portofino M, a car that injected some much-needed ‘la dolce vita’ in the largely stagnant convertible supercar space. Expect pricing for the Ferrari Roma Spider to well exceed the price of the standard coupe (priced from $409,888 plus on-road costs) and land somewhere around the price of the Portofino (from $455,000 before on-roads).
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