2021 Ferrari Roma first drive review: Good feel, bad touch

2021 ferrari roma first drive review: good feel, bad touch

This is a defining moment in the life of any blessed auto enthusiast: the first time they stumble upon a Ferrari big, red engine start button and take it for a drive. I still remember my first time today, and if you have ever had the pleasure of doing so, I think this is a moment that is equally revered.

If so, cherish that moment, because if the 2021 Ferrari Roma is any sign, it is a simple verb that is now obsolete. You see, Roma is not a big, red engine start button. It does not have an engine starting button on the side of the new steering wheel equipped with capacitive touch-sensitive pads. That, as it turns out, is not only a little sad, it’s a big mistake.

Roma is the latest model in Ferrari’s stable, and is also the cheapest – in fact, the least expensive way to get yourself a ticket to Scuderia, with a starting price of $ 222,420, including $ 3,750 for the destination . (The cute Blue Corsa example you see here has enough visual and functional options to make it cost up to $ 316,240.)

It is also the most humble and, in my humble opinion, probably the best looking modern Ferrari. It is certainly the most distinctive, with a sharp, low nose and a pair of headlights extending over the ends of a unique, body-colored grille that is a matrix of ever-widening holes.

The rear, however, is even more of an earlier departure from Ferrari. It makes sense and is a bit plainer than the nose, but smaller than four, with small taillights integrated into the lower spoiler. Only the quad exhaust pipe and oversized, raw carbon diffusers are typical Ferrari. Well, and the pressing horse badging.

2020 ferrari roma

Not its typical Ferrari interior, and some problematic steering wheels.

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To see the biggest changes of all though, you have to sit inside. Has the same abbreviated two-plus-two layout as Roma Portofino – That is to say, it will be a comfortable two-seat and an extra two with the inconvenience – but despite those cars sharing a platform and an engine, it’s more different than being the same here. So much so that it’s hard to know where to start, but I’ll start with the new infotainment system, which looks like a Chonky tablet between the seats. It does not differ in size and placement, which you might expect in McLaren, its functions are also primarily for HVAC and multimedia. This means that travelers can actually do some tunes, something that is not easy to do. F8 tango, for example.

Beneath that screen rests a gear selector that is chicly styled to look like the liver’s gated shifter, but the three switches used to actually activate the reverse and switch between manual and automatic shifting Has a line of This is the same design found in Ferrari’s second new car SF90 Stradale. Appropriate, since the Roma and the SF90 share a transmission. It is an eight-speed, dual-clutch unit that is lighter than the seven-speed unit found in Portofino.

The engine, however, has the same basic lump. Ferrari’s 3.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 produces 612 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque in the Roma, which you find in its other applications and is slightly higher than the rear wheels here.

Those wheels on the Portofino are still separately located, but the Roma are about three inches long and about two inches wide. Crucially, it is some 200 pounds lighter, weighing 3,461 pounds. All of this is a conspiracy to create a car that is somehow comfortable and tour friendly, yet very fast and nimble.

On the highway, the Roma is quite comfortable, giving your ride more pleasantly damp than the ultra-profile 245 / 35ZR20 front and 285 / 35ZR20 rear tires. Likewise, the steering is not very frantic like the F8 and even the brake pedal has a relatively long, easy-to-throw module toting through a stop light that is a nausea-free detour for your passengers. There is a generous amount of headroom, a decent sized trunk and really just a small portion of the droning exhaust note that gives a feel