Ferrari’s mystery coupe revealed as the Roma

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The mystery Ferrari coupe spotted testing in October has been revealed as the Romaa new front-engine, fixed-roof, 2+2 grand tourer based on the same underpinnings as the Portofino convertible.

Revealed Wednesday at a private event in Rome, appropriately, the new coupe boasts clean, sleek lines and a fixed roof. Up front, the Roma features a slimmer mesh upper grille and fog lights integrated into a lower opening that spans the width of the front fascia.

Its flanks are uninterrupted, unlike the Portofino’s, which are marked by large air vents in the front fenders. In the rear, the Roma can be identified by four individual lights complemented by four individual exhaust tips

“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 ’60s,” Ferrari said in its announcement. “The Ferrari Roma offers discerning clients the finesse and refinement that brings that concept of ‘la Dolce Vita’ right up to date.”

Ferrari Roma

Ferrari Roma

Underneath, the Roma rides on the same platform with the same wheelbase as the Portofino. It is also powered by the same 3.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8.

In the Roma, this V-8 is tuned to produce a little more power than it is in the Portofino. The max output of 612 horsepower comes on at 5,750 rpm and its peak torque of 561 pound-feet is produced between 3,000 and 5,750 rpm. Ferrari says this enables a 0-62 mph run of 3.4 seconds and 0-124 mph in just 9.3. The Roma’s top speed is in excess of 199 mph.

Ferrari Roma

Ferrari Roma

The Roma’s dash is divided by a floating center console which houses the gear selector (styled to resemble a gated manual gearbox) and a compact infotainment display screen. The flying buttress-style console intersects the Roma’s dash high up, dividing the front of the cabin into two cockpit-like seating positions. 

Ferrari Roma

Ferrari Roma

Behind the steering wheel sits a fully digital, multi-function cluster. This configuration is almost mirrored on the opposite side of the cabin, where a small display provides a control and information interface for the Roma’s front passenger—another touch borrowed from the Portofino.

The Roma is the last of five cars Ferrari has revealed in 2019; the F8 TributoF8 SpiderSF90 Stradale and 812 GTS were all unveiled earlier in the year. There is no word yet on the price or when the Roma will be available. For comparison, the Portofino starts around $215,000.

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