Ferrari has been making some fairly outlandish supercars recently. There was the 296 GTB hybrid and GTS drop-top, after all, and the V12-powered Daytona SP3. It’s what the Italian agency is understood for, in equity, however it’s additionally been behind some very achieved grand tourers – and the Roma is the most recent entry into this very established line.
Designed to supply the cross-continent consolation that permits a automobile like this for use in quite a lot of conditions – in addition to the type of efficiency that Ferrari is understood for – the Roma might be an excellent on a regular basis GT automobile. We’ve been discovering out if that’s the case.
The Roma might share many parts with the convertible Portofino, however that is removed from only a hard-top model of that automobile. Ferrari has labored on the Roma extensively to make sure that it lives as much as that Prancing Horse badge, each by way of outright efficiency and likewise cornering skill.
It utilises a well-known GT setup, thoughts you. Massive engine up entrance, energy to the rear wheels and area inside for 2 adults and two kids – although these rearmost seats are actually solely suited to the smallest of children. There’s even a good boot, which might be prolonged by folding the rear seats down. We even managed to get two units of golf golf equipment in there throughout our time with the Roma.
The Roma might use the identical 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine because the Portofino however Ferrari has reworked it so as to extract an additional 20bhp, leading to a complete output of 612bhp. Energy is shipped to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automated which, as in all Ferraris, might be managed by some splendidly lengthy steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
When it comes to efficiency, the Roma will handle the 0-60mph dash in simply over three seconds and carry onwards to a high pace of 199mph. Given how shortly the Roma will shift, it’s truly fairly shocking that it’ll handle as much as 25mpg mixed, whereas CO2 emissions stand at 255g/km.
We drove the Roma out in its native Italy again in 2020, however that is the primary time that we’ve been capable of take a look at it right here within the UK. It’s lucky, subsequently, that it feels simply as properly resolved right here because it does in its homeland. The steering is tremendous fast – as is Ferrari’s model – however this offers the Roma an outstanding feeling of agility. The engine is an absolute peach, too, with deep wells of energy reserves that take little effort to entry.
However as with all good Grand Tourers, the Roma is aware of calm down on a cruise. The ‘bumpy highway’ button – accessed through the manettino change on the steering wheel – provides the automobile’s suspension a great deal of suppleness, whereas low ranges of wind noise imply that the Roma is a automobile you’d fortunately spend a whole bunch of miles behind the wheel of in a single stint.
Appears are at all times all the way down to the person after all, however we’d argue that the Roma is among the prettiest automobiles to return out of Maranello in a very long time. It’s acquired traditional proportions, with its lengthy sweeping bonnet and tapered rear finish combining to create a automobile which appears like a contemporary illustration of a sports activities automobile from yesteryear.
Our solely criticism is in regards to the location of the radar field for the cruise management programs, which has been put into the automobile’s entrance grille and interrupts the Roma’s in any other case spot-on design.
The Roma’s cabin is each useable and properly made. The steering wheel is the place you’ll discover almost all the automobile’s key controls similar to these for the symptoms, headlights, driving modes and quantity. Plus, Ferrari has included new haptic-style buttons the place your thumbs naturally lie – we discovered them to be just a little hap-hazard to make use of they usually can fairly simply be by chance triggered while you’re turning the wheel.
With regards to area, as we talked about these rear seats actually are going to be solely helpful for very babies. The boot measures in at 272 litres with the rear seats in place, so there’s greater than sufficient area for some weekend baggage or procuring.
Costs for the Roma begin from £174,101, which places it proper in the identical ballpark as rivals such because the Bentley Continental GT V8 and simply barely greater than Aston Martin’s DB11 V8. There’s stage of normal tools accompanying the Roma for this worth, together with a 16-inch full-width digital instrument show (which is straightforward to learn) in addition to dual-zone local weather management and entrance and rear parking sensors.
You additionally get a brand new portrait-orientated central show, which is fairly easy to navigate and comes with Apple CarPlay too, so it’s simple to reflect your smartphone onto this central display. As with all Ferrari fashions, you’ll be able to go to city with the choices checklist, with our take a look at automobile ending up costing £224,775 courtesy of some extras similar to a carbon fibre steering wheel with LED shift lights (£2,880) and an upgraded sound system (£3,552).
The Roma undoubtedly leans in the direction of the sportier finish of the GT spectrum however that’s not a foul factor for this V8-powered Ferrari. It manages to be composed while you want it to be, but as engrossing as a fully-fledged supercar when required. It’s an ideal steadiness, in fact.
Although it might occupy the entry level to the Ferrari vary, that is removed from an entry-level automobile. So far as GTs go it’s top-of-the-line about at this time and a welcome addition to Ferrari’s line-up.