THE NEW ROMA GIVES TESTIMONY TO FERRARI’S UNWAVERING DEDICATION TO CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE WITH EACH AND EVERY OFFERING.
Since the 1940s, Ferrari have produced some of the most exclusive and sought-after road sports cars on the planet. Few other motorcar manufacturers have been able to match the popularity and success of this highly celebrated brand, a truth that becomes obvious the moment you stand in front of one of their glorious creations. OHLALA was recently invited to test drive the latest Ferrari Roma, thanks to the exceptional team at Ferrari Middle East, and to be honest, we can’t stop talking about it!
As soon as the 2021 Roma came into view, we knew we were in for a treat. This new Ferrari with its signature Italian styling is characterised by its clean design, elegant volumes and harmonious proportions. The master designers at Ferrari have removed any and all unnecessary detailing, leaving behind a classic looking sports car, reminiscent of the carefree lifestyle of 1950s and ‘60s Rome, thus the name, ‘Roma’. At the front end, a new radiator concept takes centre stage, complemented by the full-LED adaptive headlights that are harmoniously traversed by a horizontal light strip, leading the eye to the subtle prancing horse badge, set like a jewel at the front of the vehicle. Long, ultra-sleek lines sweeping from bonnet to boot highlight the shapely flanks as well as the compact, set-back cabin. At the back end, the wraparound screen incorporates an active aero device, while the twin taillight assembly and dual twin exhaust system finish off the impressive exterior design with a flourish.
“Ferrari, as expected, has spared no expense in ensuring the new Roma has one of the most beguiling interiors available on the market.”
Slipping into the comfy and supportive, multi-adjustable front sport seats, we were immediately taken by Ferrari’s dual cockpit concept, consisting of two separate cells, one for the driver and one for the passenger. As we sat in silence, taking in all the luxurious detailing, we could see that Ferrari, as expected, has spared no expense in ensuring the new Roma has one of the most beguiling interiors available on the market. All materials, trimmings and finishes are of a superior quality and the layout itself couldn’t have been designed better. Boot wise, the new Roma has a capacity of 345 litres, not bad for a two-seater coupé.
The development of the interior took its lead from the complete redesign of the Human Machine Interface (HMI). The state-of-the-art steering wheel houses all of the car’s main commands, actioned by touch-sensitive controls. This design follows Ferrari’s philosophy of ‘Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel’. All of the new Roma’s necessary information can be accessed through the impressive, 16-inch digital instrument cluster. Additionally, we found the 8.4-inch vertical screen housed in the central display, along with the new passenger display, to be highly intuitive and easy to navigate.
As satisfying as both the exterior and interior inspections were, the highlight of our day was engaging the ignition. The sound of the V8 – 90° turbo engine reverberated across the parking area and turned the heads of all those within earshot. This beast of an engine boasts a displacement of 3,855cc, a maximum power output of 456kW at 5,750 – 7,500rpm and a maximum torque of 760Nm at 3,000 – 5,750rpm. Furthermore, the new and improved Roma can bullet from 0-100km/h in a mere 3.4 seconds, from 0-200km/h in just 9.3 seconds and boasts a top speed of no less than 320km/h!
With all of this power on offer, Ferrari have included a cutting-edge vehicle dynamics system to ensure the driver is in complete control at all times. This system includes the Side Slip Control 6.0 with five-position manettino and Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer which controls yaw angle by hydraulically adjusting brake pressure at the callipers. The suspension, handling and overall drivability of the Roma is amongst the very best we have experienced and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire journey. The fact that the designers have included a wide array of safety features throughout the vehicle only adds to the comfortability factor and allows you to relax and enjoy the phenomenal driving experience all the more.