The 2021 Ferrari Roma: La Nuova Dolce Vita


#readytoROMA

The Ferrari Roma, one of the first departures from a traditional design language, is targeting a new vibe, “La Nuova Dolce Vita.” This thought of a pleasurable way of life is objectified by this shapely coupe, the latest model to come out of the company's Maranello headquarters.

Noted for its reminiscent timeless design found in the 50s and 60s Ferrari’s, this grand tourer comes packed with some serious performance and cutting-edge technology. Underneath the hood, you’ll find a 3.8-liter turbocharged V-8 that generates 611 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. Roma was paired with an eight-speed DCT (dual-clutch automatic transmission) that debuted on the even more exotic Ferrari SF90 Stradale. 

On a recent tour produced by Ferrari of Long Island, the Roma made its way around popular New York destinations throughout the metropolitan and Hamptons area. Heads turned as the classic Cavillino appeared amongst the familiar backgrounds on two different Roma versions – one in the color Blu Roma and the other a stunning silver called Argento Nurburgring. The Roma excites the ears as it swiftly pulls away with an easy to miss 3.3-second sprint to 60 mph, just another six marks to get up to 124 mph. Positioned on 20-inch wheels, the model features multiple state-of-the-art drive modes (controlled by the manettino), including a wet, sport and race option. With all of these modes, and given it drives as good as it looks, this could be one of the best Ferrari GT models ever.

The Roma's interior is mixed with up-scale materials in a unique layout. The front-seat passenger is cocooned by a sweeping dashboard that flows into the doors and alluring floating center console. The driver faces a 16-inch fully digital gauge cluster that now responds to touch-sensitive haptic controls on the traditionally designed flat-bottom steering wheel. There is no start button in the Roma—you simply touch the steering wheel’s logo as if you were opening an app on your smartphone, and the car wakes up. Touch it once more, and the engine snarls into life. Additional touch control switches for lights and exterior mirror adjustments are located on a sleek touchpad to the wheel’s right. For the first time, it presents its passengers with more infotainment and connectivity features than other Ferrari models. This includes a new, vertically mounted 8.4-inch touchscreen and a separate screen with infotainment and performance statistics for the front passenger.

 These photographs don't do the Ferrari Roma justice, to be blunt. Designed in-house under the direction of Flavio Manzoni, a wider, lower and much more dramatic, proportioned styling was created to showcase a modern, edgy appeal. The front was done with slim headlights and a substantial splitter, both giving the first appearance of Roma a sharklike nuance. One design feature that isn’t visible is the race-car-style vortex generators on the underfloor at the front of the car that helps the Roma generate more downforce on the front axle for improved handling and stability at higher speeds. An active spoiler now sits just below the rear window. With its three settings of Low Drag, Medium Downforce and High Downforce, the spoiler improves each of your selected driving modes or actively tunes to current conditions.

For this GT, it is the Ferrari you can genuinely use every day. Whether it be skirting off to a coffee shop or charging through city traffic – it’s a poised example of being the perfect driver’s auto, being truly… #readytoRoma


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