Is this the prettiest new Ferrari money can buy?
The Ferrari Roma Spider was just revealed in Marrakesh, Morocco, ending the question of what mystery model was coming today from the Prancing Horse. The Roma Spider is exactly what is sounds like, a convertible version of the stunning Roma coupe. As with the coupe, power comes from a 3.8-liter (3,855 cc) twin-turbocharged V8 producing 612 horsepower at 7,500 rpm with 561 lb-ft of torque.
Drive goes out to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission derived from the SF90, albeit with longer ratios and a reverse gear (the SF90 uses its electric motor to reverse). Ferrari quotes a 3.4-second 0-62 mph time, which ties the fixed roof Roma despite a 185-pound weight increase. The engine is mostly the same as the coupe, but boasts a new oil pump to reduce time-to-pressure in cold starts by 70%.
Ferrari didn't just chop off the roof and call it a day; there was a lot of engineering required here. The Spider gets a revised mobile spoiler geometry with three positions for top-down driving. A patented wind deflector is built into the rear seat and there's also a 5-millimeter nolder on the windshield to create a bubble effect over the cabin.
Unlike the Portofino M, which this car replaces, the Roma Spider uses a five-layer fabric soft top that be opened in 13.5 seconds at speeds of up to 37 mph. We are personally pleased that Ferrari went with a cloth top rather than a folding metal roof as the latter was too heavy and visually awkward.
Inside, the cabin looks mostly unchanged from the standard Roma, which is to be expected. The steering wheel still uses touch controls, but feedback from customers has yielded indents that make it easier for the driver to feel which one is which. As for the trackpad on the right, it too had an indent to make swiping easier. Finally, the start button is now illuminated for more drama.
Drivers peer out through a sizable digital gauge cluster with a nicely-sized touchscreen mounted in the center of the dashboard and an available passenger display. The Roma Spider even features wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other convenience features include 18-way seats with optional neck warmers and a passthrough from the trunk through the rear seats.
Pricing is not available yet, but it should be more expensive than the Roma Coupe, which starts at $222,620.
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