Bellissima! What else can be said about the 2021 Ferrari Roma? This premier coupe is as stylish and sleek as any other car on the planet. It’s loaded with cutting-edge technology and sports an engine that does the Ferrari brand proud. The 612-horsepower, turbocharged V8 powerplant is tuned to perfection. Lightweight components and a dynamic suspension make the Roma a thrill to drive. However, the starting price of more than $200,000 means the Roma isn’t exactly for everyone. Whether you’re actually in the market for a brand new Ferrari or just dreaming big, here’s a look inside the 2021 Ferrari Roma.
The Roma has been lovingly constructed at the company’s Maranello headquarters. It’s named after Italy’s capital city of Rome. The exterior of this Ferrari is sleek and sexy. The sheet metal that’s been applied to the façade recalls classic Ferraris from the 1950s and 60s. The 2021 Roma is an all-new model. That means there isn’t a previous model to compare it to, in terms of looks. However, the style can best be described as “gorgeous” and “classic.” Some early reviews of the Roma have described the look of this GT as a welcome return to Ferrari’s timeless styling.
Engine and Performance
Few automakers spend more time building their engines than Ferrari. The Roma is no exception. Under the Roma’s stretched hood sits a turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 that produces 612 horsepower and 561-pound feet of torque. The engine has been paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This combo made a splash and earned high praise when it was outfitted on the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. Despite the power, the Roma expertly handles around winding corners. The gear shifting has been called “snappy” and “seamless.” Lastly, the Roma’s steering has been singled out for being both direct and precise. In short, it’s everything you would expect from a brand new Ferrari.
Trimlines and Prices
There is only one version of the Ferrari Roma. With a starting cost of $222,620.00, there are no extra trimlines like you’d find with more traditional car brands. The starting price puts the Roma out of reach for most consumers. However, those who do have the money will still find plenty of options. Ferrari lets you customize your Roma with a number of optional features, upgrades, and extras. The price of these upgrades adds up quickly, though. From carbon fiber exterior trim and blacked out dual exhaust pipes, to customized interior stitching or an additional touchscreen for passengers, the Roma configurator is a blast to play with. On the other hand, adding these extras will push the price well over a quarter million dollars.
Inside, the 2021 Roma is all leather and soft suede. In addition to the upscale materials, the Roma also has a unique layout. Each front-seat passenger is positioned behind a sweeping dashboard that flows into the doors and floating center console. The driver faces a giant 16-inch fully digital gauge cluster. It responds to haptic controls on the Roma’s push button, flat-bottom steering wheel.
A pair of rear seats means that the Roma can fit a total of four people. There is even ample space in the back for full-sized adults, provided the front seats are properly adjusted. Unlike most other Ferrari models, the Roma has a fairly roomy interior. Just don’t expect a large trunk and lots of storage capacity. This is not an SUV, after all.
Technology and Safety Features
The Roma could be used on racetracks but has been designed mostly for driving on city streets. As such, it contains more infotainment and connectivity features than many other Ferrari models. This includes a vertically mounted 8.4-inch touchscreen, as well as a separate screen for the front passenger. The Roma also contains more driver-assistance technology than is typically found in other expensive sports cars. Highlights include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning.
A Ferrari is an investment. It’s much different than owning a Toyota (no offense, Toyota owners). In general Ferrari owners tend to drive their sports cars infrequently. You’re not likely to use the Roma to drive the kids to school, for example. For this reason, the Roma only comes with relatively short limited and powertrain warranty coverages. Extended warranty plans are available for extra money, of course.
No Ferrari is especially fuel efficient. However, anyone who shells out big bucks for a Ferrari shouldn’t be concerned with saving the planet. If you can afford the Roma, go ahead and buy a Tesla too, for your daily commute. On the weekends, though, let the Roma out to play and don’t worry about the fuel costs. For the record, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates the 2021 Roma will earn 17 miles per gallon in the city and 22 MPG on the highway. Those are technically not great numbers, but who really cares? You don’t spend a $250,000 on a Ferrari to save on gas.
- Sleek and stylish exterior that harkens back to classic Ferrari models.
- Plush interior with decent room for four adults.
- Powerful engine and exceptional handling.
- Expensive at a starting price of more than $200,000.
- Not a lot of cargo storage.
- Poor warranty coverage and fuel economy.
The Last Word
Those who can afford a Ferrari Roma will no doubt love it. After all, what’s not to love about this stylish new Ferrari? It has an amazingly powerful engine, terrific handling, and a luxurious interior. Of course, this is ultimately a sports car. Owners will have to sacrifice when it comes to cargo room, fuel economy, and warranty coverage. However, no one desires a Ferrari for those things. You don’t buy the Roma to be your daily driver. The main reasons are to feel the wind whip through your hair as you speed past jealous onlookers. And on that front, the 2021 Ferrari Roma delivers.