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Roma Problems and Reliability
The 2022 Ferrari Roma has not been recalled for any serious issues in the USA since it was launched, and the same goes for the 2021 model. There isn't an official J.D. Power quality and reliability rating for this vehicle either. If anything does go wrong, there is a three-year limited warranty without mileage limitations. Complimentary maintenance is included for seven years, also regardless of mileage.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Stitched together with leather and swathed in faux-suede, the Roma’s interior mixes upscale materials with a unique layout. Each front-seat passenger is cocooned by a sweeping dashboard that flows into the doors and floating center console. The driver faces a giant 16-inch fully digital gauge cluster that responds to haptic controls on the Roma’s button-heavy, flat-bottom steering wheel. A pair of rear seats make it a 2+2 coupe, and the space is actually suitable for adults in short spurts as long the front seats are properly adjusted. Unlike most other Ferrari models, the Roma has a large center section, just don’t expect its interior cubby storage to be plentiful.
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Any new stuff?
Plenty. The Roma’s V8 isn’t all-new, being closely related to that of the Portofino, but it features a new valvetrain and more aggressive cams with increased lift, an exhaust system with reduced back pressure and sensors which let Ferrari safely wring another 5000rpm from the twin-turbos. The net result would be good for 35-40bhp over the 592bhp Portofino were the Roma not also required to wear petrol particulate filters, which knock that advantage back to 19bhp, for a total of 611bhp. That’s a huge output for one of Ferrari’s ‘entry-level’ models…
The engine drives through a new gearbox, pinched from the SF90, which is 6kg lighter, an eight-speeder where the Portofino’s twin-clutcher is a seven-speeder, faster-shifting and more efficient, with a dry-sump layout and thinner oil for reduced losses. Ratios one to seven are also shorter than the Portofino’s, for stronger acceleration, while eighth offers a lazy overdrive.
Inside, the Roma gets an all-new cockpit big on classy curves and a welcome sense of minimalism. There’s Ferrari’s new-generation infotainment, too, which debuted in the SF90. You grasp a new steering wheel (not the prettiest, with too much bulk and plastic to it, but big on intuitive functionality, including a touchpad on the right spoke with which to navigate menus on the driver’s display) and gaze upon a 16-inch multi-function curved display, capable of cycling through three views (a stripped-back racy one, a full-map ‘I’m really lost’ one and the one you’ll actually use, with a giant rev counter centre stage).
On the centre stack you’ll find a new 8.4-inch, portrait-orientated touchscreen, which looks a little low-rent considering the price but at least everything works agreeably enough.
Get ready to be impressed
Say what you want, but Ferrari knows how to design some gorgeous cars. From its sharp looks to its eye-catching colors, the Ferrari Roma would turn heads without that unmistakable prancing horse badge on the front.
There’s more to the 2021 Ferrari Roma than good looks, however. It comes equipped with a 612-hp turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine. This is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Car and Driver was very intrigued by the sweet music coming from this powerful engine. While many people prefer quiet engines, there’s no doubt that the purr of a supercar has an undeniable allure.
Speaking of a powerful engine, it doesn’t lack in the speed department. Car and Driver estimates it can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. It can reach 100 mph in 6.8 seconds, hits the quarter-mile in 11.0 seconds, and has a top speed of 199 mph.
Where it fails to impress is the fuel economy. It gets 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. Anyone that can afford the expensive price tag isn’t going to turn down a Ferrari based on this, however.
Is it exciting though? I could get a proper sports car for £170k
You could, some with their engine behind you, rather than in front, though you’d be hard pushed to find out as explosively fast and yet as effortlessly approachable as this one. Thank a combination of the intrinsic ‘rightness’ of the front/mid layout, Ferrari’s mastery of driver support electronics and the Roma’s brilliant fundamentals: deftly calibrated suspension; keen but calm steering; awesomely powerful yet delicate brakes (carbon-ceramic).
The anchors worked well on first acquaintance, but the UK car we tested suffered a grabby brake pedal, making them hard to modulate. There’s no questioning the stopping power, but the delicate first inch of travel made it difficult to apply smoothly on our right-hand drive test car.
Switch up to Race, chase the power at the top of the rev range (as ever, Ferrari’s deliberately holds back torque at lower rpm, for drivability and to maintain the theatre of the top-end rush) and the Roma covers ground at a breathtaking rate, the engine’s responsiveness, strong midrange and awesome top end effortlessly dispatching multi-car overtakes and mountain passes alike. Gearshifts are complete before you know you’ve asked for them, and the car’s grip at both ends is generous and deftly communicated. The front axle’s refusal to understeer inspires huge confidence, and it feels like it’d take a huge error of judgment to get things properly wrong in the Roma, so sorted is it.
Again, there’s a duality to this handling prowess. You can go at things like a terrier, charging up and down the gearbox and stuffing the car into corners. Or you can stay in a higher gear, go easier on the throttle and brakes, and just use the car’s easy corner speed and graceful momentum to shrink cross-country distances. At a 70mph UK motorway cruise, the V8 is spinning over lazily at just 1600rpm in eighth gear; this is a super-relaxed GT.
Put it to Ferrari test driver Raffaele di Simone that, given its front-engined layout and cutting-edge driver-assist systems, the Roma might be the easiest Ferrari yet in which mortals can indulge in life at – and indeed over – the edge, and he agrees, with the caveat of environment. For him, the F8 Tributo is king in steady-state cornering, on track; the Roma the standard bearer on the road. That this Ferrari is as malleable, approachable and as forgiving as a P300 Jaguar F-Type while boasting more than twice the power is one hell of an achievement.
The boot is a decent space, and you can flop the (next-to-useless) rear seats down to expand space for luggage. Equipped thus, 911-style, the Ferrari Roma makes a most practical GT.
You’ll have to own extremely tiny children to able to use those rear seats, but we applaud the packaging in a sports car as svelte as this. It looks tremendous in gunmetal grey, a more discrete hue by which to make this Ferrari fly relatively stealthy under the radar.
Ferrari Roma Colours
Ferrari Roma car is available in 25 different colors. View all car images with different colour options on Cardekho.
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Specification of Ferrari Roma
|WLTP Mileage||8.93 kmpl|
|Engine Displacement (cc)||3855|
|No. of cylinder||8|
|Max Power (bhp@rpm)||611.50bhp@5750-7500rpm|
|Max Torque (nm@rpm)||760Nm@3000-5750rpm|
|Boot Space (Litres)||272|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||80.0|
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Stuffed under the Roma’s lengthy hood and mounted near the middle of the car is a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 that makes 612 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. It pairs with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (a.k.a. DCT) that debuted on the even more exotic Ferrari SF90 Stradale. While we’ve had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Roma, we haven’t had a chance to test its performance at the track. Still, our drive taught us that this Ferrari can be enjoyed during a nonchalant cruise or raced around winding corners. Its high-revving V-8 produces glorious sounds, and the DCT quickly adapts to requests for snappy gearchanges. While its steering was light on effort, we appreciated the helm’s directness and precision.
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