The fit coupe is the latest model to come out of the company’s Maranello headquarters and is named after the country’s capital, Rome. While its veneer is reminiscent of Ferraris from the 50s and 60s, the grand tourer also hides serious performance hardware and cutting-edge technology. The beautiful music make by A 611 hp turbocharged V-8 is at its heart and specifically tuned. Likewise, its lightweight components and myriad dynamic systems aim to make the De prancing Horse badge proud.
The Roma 2020 is a completely new model that will reinforce the Ferrari portfolio. Inspired by some of the company’s most influential designs, this magnificent GT marks the return to timeless style.
> Rome: $ 225,000 (est.)
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
Stitched together with leather and tangled in imitation suede, the interior of the Roma seeks to mix luxurious materials with a unique design. Each passenger in the front seat is grabbed by a wide dash that flows into the doors and the floating center console. The driver faces a gigantic 16-inch, fully digital caliber frame that responds to haptic controls on the Roma’s flat-bottom steering wheel. While a couple of rear seats make it a 2 + 2 coupe, we’d bet that space is a place few people will want to use. Similarly, cubby interior storage looks sparse, but the cargo area should have enough room to hold a pair of carry-on bags.
Infotainment and connectivity
Despite bearing the iconic Prancing Horse logo, the Rome 2020 is more of a big track star than a focused track star. It’s treats passengers with more infotainment and connectivity features than some other Ferrari models. A vertically mounted 8.4-inch touchscreen included, as well as a separate screen for the front passenger.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Filled under the Roma’s long hood and mounted near the center of the car is a 3.8-liter Turbocharged V-8 that makes 611 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (also, also from DCT) that debuted in the even more exotic Ferrari SF90 Stradale. Until we can get behind the wheel of Rome 2020, we can only daydream about the company’s acceleration and high-speed claims. These include a 3.3-second sprint at 60 mph, another six ticks to hit 124 mph, and it should top 1 shy of 200 mph. The version we first saw rolled on 20-inch wheels at all four corners and featured a series of state-of-the-art driving modes. We won’t really know how fast and attractive Roma is until we get behind the wheel, but if you drive as well as it looks this could be one of the best Ferrari GT models ever.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
With a powerful engine and sporty pretensions, the Roma does not fool anyone who is going to be especially fuel efficient. However, the EPA has not announced its estimated fuel economy, and we won’t know its real-world mpg until we have a chance to test it on our 200-mile highway route.
Driver Assistance and Safety Features
Exotics like those sold by Ferrari are not tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). While driver assistance technology is often a later idea in ultra-expensive sports cars, the Roma will likely have some advanced assists, such as adaptive cruise control to make long trips more relaxing.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
Owning a Ferrari is obviously very different from owning a Toyota, as you are not likely to accumulate thousands of miles a year. That’s why its relatively short powertrain and limited coverage is not surprising. Still, the automaker offers free extended maintenance and offers extended warranty plans.