First look: The new Ferrari Roma

Italian carmaker presents new V8 coupe

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Ferrari has presented its new V8 model Roma with the Italian automaker bringing the fight to Aston Martin and their Vantage coupe.

The Roma is a Grand Touring coupe, aiming to combine high-performance attributes with interior comfort and ability to munch up long distances without tiring its passengers.

It comes up at a relatively light 1472 kg (dry weight), courtesy of an all-aluminum body. It has a common architectural makeup with the Ferrari Portofino, but not as much as you may think.

“The architecture is shared with the Portofino but 70% of the chassis and the spaceframe is new or substantially modified”, said Ferrari Chief Technology Officer Michael Leiters.

Driving the Roma to 100 km in an impressive 3.4 seconds and a 199 mph top speed is a bi-turbo V8 providing the coupe with 620 horsepower and 760 Nm of torque.

The Roma utilizes a twin-cockpit setup for its interior layout, meaning that the two front seats are clearly split by the center console and transmission tunnel. Both the driver and front passenger get digital displays of varying uses, naturally.

In the center console, you can find an 8.4-inch touchscreen, nestled on top of the various powertrain controls which echo the aesthetics of Ferrari manual gearboxes of the past.

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