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Behold the Roma, Ferrari’s newest V-8 coupe
Ferrari just revealed the Roma, its latest front-mid-engine coupe, at an event in Rome—Italy’s capital and, of course, the car’s namesake. The beautiful coupe is more elegant and understated than Ferrari’s current front-mid-engine V-8, the drop-top Portofino, but the duo does share a 105.1-inch wheelbase. With gracefully flared wheel arches and a rear hatch featuring a large radius, the Roma will lend itself to comparisons with Jaguar’s stylish F-Type, although the Roma’s front end is uniquely Italian.
Thanks to its pair of turbochargers, the Roma’s 3.9-liter V-8 produces not a torque peak but a torque plateau of 760 Newton-meters (560 lb-ft) from 3000–5750 rpm, at which point it reaches its peak power of 620 cheval vapeur, which is French for vaporized horses or something. We can’t be sure because our Muzzy VHS cassettes got lost in the mail. In terms we can understand, output is 611 horsepower and the torque drop-off is so gradual that the V-8 maintains that peak output all the way to 7500 rpm.
The impressive output from the 3.9-liter V-8, when paired with the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission shared with the SF90 Stradale, delivers the Roma from 0–100 kph in 3.4 seconds and to 200 kph in just 9.3, so it’s more than just a pretty face.
With its bump in both power and performance over the retractable hardtop, the Roma looks to be positioned between the hardtop convertible Portofino and the GTC4Lusso shooting brake in Ferrari’s front-mid-engine V-8 hierarchy and will help Ferrari expand the increasingly niche stalls in its stable.