Ferrari Roma

The Ferrari Roma (Type F169) is an upcoming grand touring sports car manufactured by Italian automobile manufacturer Ferrari. Based on the Ferrari Portofino, the car is a high performance coupe model placed between the Portofino and the F8 Tributo in Ferrari's range of sports cars. The Roma is named in honour of Italy's capital city of Rome and was unveiled online in November 2019.[1][2] Official public unveil of the car took place at an event organised by Ferrari in Rome.[3][4]

Design

The Roma's design language is intended to showcase the "pleasurable way of life" (called La Nuova Dolce Vita in Italian) which graced Italy's capital in the 1950s and 60s and is a departure from the styling language of current Ferrari sports cars. The front of the car draws inspiration from the SF90 Stradale flagship sports car while the side profile of the car is reminiscent of the 812 Superfast. The overall design is inspired by the 250 GT Lusso and the 250 GT 2+2 grand tourers. A body coloured grille, flush door handles, slim LED lights at the front and rear and a deep chin spoiler are some of the major changes.

The interior is focused on the dual cockpit theme, featuring separate driver and passenger cells and is described as a "2+" interior by Ferrari. The dashboard features digital instrumentation (a 16.0-inch wrap-around touch screen) and a multi-function steering wheel (both shared with the SF90 Stradale) for the driver. The trim piece running through the centre of the interior separates the driver and the passenger and integrated seamlessly into the dashboard. A centrally mounted 8.4-inch portrait touch screen controls most of the car's functions and a third vertical touchscreen is integrated into the dashboard on the passenger side. The passenger display allows the passenger access to the HVAC controls alone with multimedia and navigation controls. The passenger can also view the performance metrics of the car. A newly designed key allows the driver to open the doors of the car by the push of a button near the flush door handles of the car.[5][6][7][8][9]

Specifications and performance

The engine is the same unit used in the Portofino but is modified to be rated at 620 PS (456 kW; 612 hp) between 5,750 and 7,500 rpm and 761 N⋅m (561 lb⋅ft) of torque between 3,000 and 5,750 rpm. The twin-turbocharged V8 unit is mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission shared with the SF90 Stradale which weighs 6 kg (13 lb) less than the 7-speed unit used in the Portofino and is claimed to provide quicker and smoother shifts.

A redesigned exhaust system uses particulate filters for emissions regulation reasons but it has been worked out to retain the best exhaust note. This was achieved by removing the silencers and adding bypass valves. The Roma also comes with Ferrari's side-slip control 6.0 technology, the Manettino knob with five positions on the steering wheel and a Dynamic Enhancer which controls yaw angle by actuating the individual brake calipers of the car, a first for a Ferrari GT model. Lighter components are used wherever possible and Ferrari claims that 70 percent of the parts used on the Roma are new as compared to the Portofino.

An active rear wing activates in three deployment stages at high speed to help aid in generating downforce. The tyres used on the Roma measure 285/35 ZR20s at the rear and 245/35 ZR20s at the front. The Roma comes with 12-cubic feet of boot space in the trunk and additional storage space behind the two front seats. Some driver assistance systems will be optional to aid the driver during long drives.

The Roma weighs 200 kg (440 lb) less than the Portofino while being based on the same platform due to a more rigid body structure and due to the usage of lighter parts. With lightweight options, the car's dry weight is 1,472 kg (3,245 lb).[10] Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 3.4 seconds, 0-200 km/h (124 mph) acceleration time of 9.3 seconds and a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph).[11][12][13][9]

References

  1. ^ Rix, Jack (13 November 2019). "The new Ferrari Roma is an Aston Martin Vantage killer". Top Gear. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  2. ^ Palmer, Zac (13 November 2019). "The Ferrari Roma is revealed as a gorgeous two-door Italian coupe". Autoblog. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  3. ^ DeBord, Matthew (14 November 2019). "Ferrari just unveiled its new Roma coupé — and it's a stunner". Business Insider. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  4. ^ Gastelu, Gary (14 November 2019). "The Ferrari Roma is for rich people who are afraid of Ferraris". FOX. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  5. ^ Davies, Chris (13 November 2019). "Ferrari Roma could be the Italian automaker's most beautiful car in years". Slash Gear. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  6. ^ Wood, Dafydd (13 November 2019). "Ferrari Roma unveiled as 620hp super GT". Piston Heads. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  7. ^ Custard, Ben (14 November 2019). "New Ferrari Roma supercar: first details revealed". www.carbuyer.co.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  8. ^ Perez, Jeff (14 November 2019). "The Ferrari Roma's Key Is The Most Ferrari Thing Ever". Motor1. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  9. ^ a b Askari, Matthew (14 November 2019). "First Look at New Ferrari Roma Coupe That's an Instant Classic". Car & Driver. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  10. ^ Sagar (2019-11-14). "Ferrari Roma is The New Sweet Life". autodevot.com. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  11. ^ Szymkowski, Sean (13 November 2019). "Ferrari Roma: A (handsome) Portofino coupe by another name". CNET. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  12. ^ "2020 Ferrari Roma unveiled". m.drive.com.au. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  13. ^ Palmer, Zac (14 November 2019). "Ferrari Roma: More details and new photos from every angle". Autoblog. Retrieved 15 November 2019.

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