Ferrari is calling it “la Nuova Dolce Vita”, but we recommend you just refer to Maranello’s new model, revealed at a client event in the car’s namesake city, by its badge name, the Ferrari Roma.
Details revealed so far (of which there are few) suggest the car is to be the coupe partner to the Portofino drop-top, focused on being an ‘everyday’ driver’s sports car rather than a hardcore performance machine.
With a twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 under the bonnet the Roma produces 456kW between 5750-7500rpm, with 760Nm available to between 3000-5750rpm. Ferrari says it’ll hit 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, and 200km/h in just 9.3 seconds. Top speed is said to be more than 320km/h.
It’s also claimed to be significantly lighter than the Portofino, a 1472kg dry weight with lightweight options ticked as opposed to the drop-top’s 1664kg.
Ferrari says the Roma will represent “the pinnacle of performance in this category” of entry-level ‘supercars’.
But unlike its market position and layout, the styling is far from the Portofino, with a bit of Vantage here, a bit of AMG GT there, and even hints of Jaguar F-Type.
“With its distinctive flair and style, the car is a contemporary representation of the carefree, pleasurable way of life that characterised Rome in the 1950s and ‘60s,” Ferrari says.
“The Ferrari Roma offers discerning clients the finesse and refinement that brings the concept of “la Dolce Vita” right up to date.”
MOTOR will bring updates when Australian pricing and availability for the Ferrari Roma is announced.
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