The Ferrari Roma (Type F169) is a grand touring, high performance Italian sports car created by automobile manufacturer Ferrari. It is a two-door, 2+2 hardtop coupé.[1] It has a front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Based on the Ferrari Portofino, the car is an ultra high performance turbocharged V8 model placed between the Portofino and the F8 Tributo in Ferrari's range of sports cars. The Roma name comes directly from ancient Roman mythology. The vehicle was christened in honor of Italy's capital city and was originally introduced online on November 13, 2019.[2][3] Official public unveil of the car took place the next day in Rome.[4][5]

Design

The design language that inspired the Ferrari Roma is intended to showcase La Nuova Dolce Vita, Italian for the "pleasurable way of life", a theme that graced Italy's capital in the 1950s and 60s. In that sense, the vehicle embodies a unique departure from the styling language of all current Ferrari road cars. It strives to achieve a balance of modern ultra-high performance, cutting-edge design[6] and timeless elegance.[7]

Ferrari Roma back view

The overall exterior is reminiscent of the 250 GTO racing car, and the 250 GT Lusso and 250 GT 2+2 grand touring cars. The model also shares deep roots with the 612 Scaglietti. 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. Significant design features include a body coloured grille, flush door handles, slim LED lights at the front and rear, a deep chin spoiler and an active rear wing that sits flush at speeds under 100 kph.

Roma dual cockpit interior

The interior is focused on the dual cockpit theme, featuring separate driver and passenger cells. It is described as a "2+" interior by Ferrari with a small backseat area. 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 is integrated seamlessly into the dashboard. A centrally-mounted 8.4-inch portrait touch screen controls most of the car's functions. A third horizontal touchscreen can be integrated into the dashboard on the passenger side of the cockpit. This display allows the passenger access to the HVAC controls along with multimedia and navigation controls. The passenger can also view the performance metrics of the car. This third touchscreen emphasizes the passenger's role as navigator and co-pilot. 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.[8][9][10][11][12]

Specifications and performance

Engine and transmission

The Roma is powered by the award-winning Ferrari type F154 engine. It is a 3.9 litres (3,855 cc), turbocharged, 90 degree V-8, dual overhead cam (DOHC) design. The Roma's type 154BH is rated at 456 kW; 612 hp (620 PS) between 5,750 and 7,500 rpm and 761 N⋅m (561 lb⋅ft) of torque between 3,000 and 5,750 rpm.

Ferrari Roma Type 154 Engine

The forced induction air intake system uses twin parallel water cooled turbochargers and two air-to-air intercoolers. The dry sump lubrication system helps prevent oil starvation during high g-force operation.[13]

The engine is mated to the new 8-speed dual-clutch F1 transmission shared with the SF90 Stradale. This new unit translates into more acceleration in the intermediate gears with an extended tall top gear for motorway cruising. Ferrari says there is 15 percent more longitudinal pull in third gear when compared to the previous generation's 7-speed unit.[14] The transaxle is equipped with an electronic differential and a mechanical reverse gear which contrasts to the SF90's electric motor reverse. This design weighs 6 kg (13 lb) less than the 7-speed unit used in the Portofino and is claimed to provide quicker and smoother shifting. Much of the weight savings is due to the dry sump design and the primary alloy oil case that is compact and wrapped tightly around the various engine components.[15]

Suspension

The double wishbone, coil spring design with anti-roll bars also has an optional MagneRide dynamic shock absorber system that provides more compact and controlled vehicle operation using magnetorheological dampers.

Electronics

The Roma comes standard with Ferrari's F1-Trac traction control, side-slip control 6.0 technology, electronic stability control (ESC), launch control (Power Start), and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. It also has a five position Manettino dial on the steering wheel allowing selection of the vehicle's driving mode between wet, comfort, sport, race and ESC-off.

The Roma's electronic interior cockpit controls also represent a major deviation from recent Ferrari road cars. The human-machine interface (HMI) is largely a digital touch-screen control system (using Haptic technology) that is also shared with the SF90 Stradale. The touch-screen control extends to some functions on the steering wheel.

Some driver assistance systems (ADAS) like front and rear radar with adaptive cruise control are also available options to aid during long drives.

Weight

The Roma was engineered to weigh 200 kg (441 lb) less than the Portofino while being based on the same platform. This was achieved through a more rigid body structure and the overall use of lighter parts. Ferrari claims that 70 percent of the parts used on the Roma are new as compared to the Portofino. With the lightweight components, the car's dry weight is 1,472 kg (3,245 lb). Its curb weight (without driver) is 1,570 kg (3,461 lb). The published weight distribution is 50% front to 50% rear.[16]

Aerodynamics

The dynamic rear wing self activates at high speed to help the vehicle generate downforce. The wing's three positions are low drag - flush (0-100 kph), medium downforce (100-300 kph), and high downforce (100-300 kph cornering and braking). The maximum deployment is rated at 95 kg (209 lb) of downforce at 250 km/h (155 mph). The rear spoiler is complemented by a pair of underbody vortex generators that create ground effect and manage the wake of the front wheels to ensure efficient load management.[17] The vortex generators very efficiently create downforce on the front axle with a negligible increase in drag. The electrically activated mobile spoiler produces downforce at the rear axle to optimally balance the car.

Wheels, tires and brakes

20 inch cast aluminium wheels are standard with 20 inch forged alloy wheels as an option. Front wheel rims are eight inches wide and rear rims are ten inches. The tires used on the Roma measure 285/35 ZR20s at the rear and 245/35 ZR20s at the front. The model was introduced with the Ferrari-approved choice of Pirelli, Michelin, or Bridgestone run-flat tires.

The Roma has 390mm front and 360mm rear carbon-ceramic ventilated disc brakes. The Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer controls yaw angle by actuating the individual brake calipers of the car, a first for a Ferrari GT model. The FDE proportionally adjusts brake pressure to one or more wheels depending on the situation. On the Roma, it is applied only in the Race setting of the manettino. FDE is not a stability control system; it flanks the traditional ESC to make the sideslip dynamics smoother, more predictable and controllable. This supports the whole target of the Race position itself, which is driving pleasure and fun behind the wheel.

Exhaust system

A redesigned exhaust system uses particulate filters (similar to diesel particulate filters) for emissions regulation. This was achieved by removing the silencers (mufflers) and adding bypass valves. It has been engineered to retain, enhance and expand the engine's exhaust notes while reducing particle emissions.

Performance

The Roma's published top speed is > 320 km/h (199 mph). Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 3.4 seconds; and 0-200 km/h (124 mph) acceleration time of 9.3 seconds. The Roma's dry weight to power ratio is a best in class 2.37 kg/cv (5.3 lb/hp).[18][19][20][21]

Ferrari Roma Performance

Miscellaneous

The Roma’s minimum height off the ground is a static 4 3/4 inches (120 mm). It’s maximum front ramp angle is 11 degrees and the maximum rear ramp angle is 15 1/2 degrees.

The vehicle comes with 10-cubic feet of boot space in the trunk and additional storage space behind the two front seats. An option of foldable back seat backrests expands the storage configuration to 14-cubic feet. Keeping with the cars grand touring theme, and as with certain additional models, the Roma can be ordered with a specially designed, multi-piece luggage set which fits into the vehicle's rear trunk effectively. The luggage matches the interior leather.

Market

The Roma was originally introduced with a base price of $218,670 (2020 USD). Typical final build-out configurations could range from $270k to $310k and up. Ferrari estimates 70 per cent of buyers would be first-time Ferrari customers. They stated that the Roma is targeted squarely at the Porsche 911 and Aston Martin markets.[22] The overall design theme is "understated elegance" which is somewhat of a deviation from the traditional Ferrari road car.

Dedication and awards

The Roma celebrated its public unveiling on November 14, 2019 during an international event at Rome's Stadio dei Marmi (Stadium of the Marbles). In 2020 it made a guest appearance at the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Rome as the capital of a unified Italy.[23]

Award Winning Roma Design (Rosso Maranello)

The Ferrari Roma was awarded a Red Dot award in 2020 recognizing the cars inspirational design. The Red Dot awards are among the most prestigious honors in the design industry. They aim at celebrating the excellence and innovation in industrial design and recognizing the world's best designers. Red Dot was quoted "by renouncing all superfluous details, the design of the Ferrari Roma achieves a formal minimalism that characterizes the timeless elegance of this sports car."[24][25]

Auto&Design Magazine awarded the Roma the best production car design for 2020.[26] The award is acknowledgement of the automobile industry's finest creations. The twelve person panel of international auto journalists said the Roma reinterprets the classic lines of a Gran Turismo car and projects them into the 21st century with its sensual, evocative and cutting-edge design.[27]

The 2021 Esquire Car Awards named the Ferrari Roma as the Best Designed Car of the year. The organization noted that the Roma is museum worthy and stated that just one walk around of this car leaves little doubt that it will be admired for decades to come.[28]

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