It has been 54 years since Ferrari offered a topless front engine sports car. For the first time since the 1969 365 GTS4, Ferrari are adding a Spider to the Roma lineup. Ferrari make fast cars, the Roma is no exception. 611 hp under the front hood will take the Roma Spider from rest to 100 km/h, 62 mph, in just 3.4 s. At speeds of up to 60 km/h, 37 mph, the Roma will transform the occupant’s cabin from coupe to convertible in just 13.5 seconds. Its patented rear seat backrest wind deflectors can be opened at speeds up to 170 km/h, 105 mph, ensuring that the open-air environment remains civilized while driving with the top down.
The 3,855 cc V8 90° twin turbo engine in the Roma Coupe and Spider has won International Engine of the Year four consecutive years. In 2018 this V8 won Best Engine of the Last 20 Years. Power from that award winning engine is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The Roma Spider rides on 20 inch wheels with 245/35 ZR 20’s up front and 285/35 ZR 20’s in the rear. The Roma Spider’s top speed is 320 km/h.
The automatic five-layer fabric soft top will keep the driver and its passenger well insulated. Ferrari engineers worked hard to make sure that wind and road noise was kept to a minimum when the roof was closed. They also wanted to reduce the ballooning that is typical of soft top convertibles. According to Ferrari they have achieved class-leading performance in these areas.
The Roma Spider was designed at the Ferrari Styling Centre under the guidance of chief design officer Flavio Manzoni. They wanted the Roma Spider to optimize “La Nuova Dolce Vita”, Italian for “The New Sweet Life” and carefree driving “en plein air”, French for “in the open air”. The Roma Spider is a 2+, not a 2+2, and is therefore best suited for a driver, a full-sized passenger, and small items or very small passengers in the rear seats.
The price for all of this performance and style starts at about a quarter of a million US dollars.
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