Monday, March 20, 2023
News Ferrari Chops the Roma's Top to Create Roma Spider

Ferrari Chops the Roma’s Top to Create Roma Spider

Ferrari brings back the entry-level convertible

  • This is Ferrari’s first front-engine soft top since 1969

  • Ferrari maintains Roma style, back seat

The entry-level Ferrari has just gone topless. The Ferrari Roma Spider takes the coupe and ditches the hard fixed roof for a soft one. The first time Ferrari has had a front-engine soft top since 1969.

Most of the car is unchanged, and that means the same sleek front and rear styling. It also means the same 3.9L twin-turbo V8 under the hood making 612 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The Roma Spider’s eight-speed is a modified unit new for this model. Based on the same one used in the Stradale, it has a dry sump and low-viscosity oil to help fuel efficiency. It also has longer gears than the old seven-speed, which should help performance and, again, fuel economy. Not that anyone is worried about filling their F-car.

Ferrari’s new soft top can go up or down in just 13.5-seconds. It will also go up and down at speeds up to 60 km/h. The soft roof takes up less trunk space than the hard top convertibles Ferrari has been building. The top itself is made from new fabric weaves designed to highlight the car’s design.

Transforming the Roma into the Roma Spider added 84 kg to the car’s weight. That’s because of new side sills, a reinforced rear section, and the roof mechanism itself.

The Roma Spider keeps the coupe’s tiny rear seats. We can’t imagine them being any more useful than the coupe’s, but, also, they couldn’t be much smaller. These rear seats are more useful for your purse or laptop bag than they are for any people.

Ferrari didn’t announce a price for the Roma, but expect it to be around $40,000 more than a coupe. The company also didn’t say when deliveries would start, but that will probably be before the end of the year.

Trending Now

Polestar to Unveil a Sportier Version of the 2 on March 21

The company posted a short video teasing this model on Instagram. This appears to be an updated version of the BST 270 limited...

Ford patents a Way to Make Burnouts with Electric Vehicles

This patent shows a system that can be used to warm up the front and rear tires. A visual display of power is...

VinFast delays (again) the construction of its North Carolina plant

Production of the first North American vehicles from VinFast will have to wait until 2025. Building this plant on U.S. soil is crucial...

Rivian no Longer Wants Amazon to be its Exclusive EDV Customer

The electric delivery vans (EDV) were designed and developed to eventually replaced Amazon’s fleet of ICE vans. The standing order from Amazon is...

Alfa Romeo Could Bring Back the Alfetta as a Toyota GR86 Fighter

This model could be a two or five-door fastback. It could share its powertrain with the Tonale. The Alfetta would most likely be...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.