Ferrari adds Roma to growing ‘Prancing Horse’ stable


MILAN — Ferrari is rolling out the Roma, the fifth new model this year for the ‘Prancing Horse,” as it expands its stable to help sustain its profit and share price growth.

The Roma will be a 2+2 coupe, meaning it has two small rear-seats, Ferrari said on Wednesday, without disclosing its price.

The Roma is powered by a 620 cv (612 hp), 3.85-liter, eight cylinder mid-front mounted engine.

With its distinctive flair and style, the car is a contemporary representation of the carefree, pleasurable way of life that characterized Rome in the 1950s and 1960s, Ferrari said in a news release.

This year’s other new releases from Ferrari include another GT, the 812 GTS, presented in September, which the company described as a return for a model type that has played a “pivotal role in the marque’s history,” as well as the F90 Stradale, Ferrari’s first hybrid car in series-production, along with the F8 Tributo and F8 Tributo Spider.

CEO Louis Camilleri said last week the hybrid SF90 Stradale was attracting “huge interest” despite initial skepticism by clients used to roaring combustion engines.

Ferrari has also promised several special edition hybrid cars and a utility vehicle, the Purosangue, which is expected by late 2022 as it seeks to almost double core earnings and boost margins to above 38 percent, without sacrificing exclusivity.

It is set to slow the rollout of new vehicles in the coming years, as it planned to launch 15 models between 2019 and 2022, while achieving a significant increase in average retail price.

Chairman John Elkann has said that Ferrari, which shipped fewer than 10,000 cars last year, would not try to chase German rival Porsche which makes more than 250,000 sports cars and utility vehicles annually.

To capitalize further on its name, Ferrari plans new apparel and accessory collections, entertainment offers, and luxury products and services for clients.

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