Bellissimo! Magnifico! Stupendo! All of these exclamatory Italian adjectives apply to the positively beautiful Ferrari Roma. The shapely coupe is the latest model to come out of the company’s Maranello headquarters and named after the country’s capital—Rome. While its sheet metal recalls Ferraris from the 50s and 60s, the grand tourer also hides serious performance hardware and cutting-edge technology. A 612-hp turbocharged V-8 is at its heart and specifically tuned to make beautiful music. Likewise, its lightweight components and myriad dynamic systems aim to make the Prancing Horse badge proud.
What’s New for 2021?
The 2021 Roma is an all-new model set to bolster the Ferrari portfolio. This gorgeous GT takes inspiration from some of the company’s most influential designs and marks a return to timeless styling.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Stuffed under Roma’s lengthy hood and mounted near the middle of the car is a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 that makes 612 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. It pairs with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (a.k.a. DCT) that debuted on the even more exotic Ferrari SF90 Stradale. While we’ve had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Roma, we haven’t had a chance to test its performance at the track. Still, our drive taught us that this Ferrari can be enjoyed during a nonchalant cruise or raced around winding corners. Its high-revving V-8 produces glorious sounds, and the DCT quickly adapts to requests for snappy gear changes. While its steering was light on effort, we appreciated the helm’s directness and precision.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Stitched together with leather and swathed in faux-suede, Roma’s interior mixes upscale materials with a unique layout. Each front-seat passenger is cocooned by a sweeping dashboard that flows into the doors and floating center console. The driver faces a 16-inch fully digital gauge cluster that responds to haptic controls on Roma’s button-heavy, flat-bottom steering wheel. A pair of rear seats make it a 2+2 coupe, and the space is actually suitable in short spurts as long the front seats are properly adjusted. Unlike most other Ferrari models, the Roma has a large center section, just don’t expect its interior cubby storage to be plentiful.