Italian Touch

For most car manufacturers, the term “entry level” conjures up images of cardboard headliners, sticky vinyl upholstery and a 47-hp engine. Ferrari’s new Roma puts a different spin on the term.
Words by Bill Lindsey | December 27, 2020 | Luxury

Ferraris seem to be most often spotted in the valet lots of trendy clubs and restaurants, which is sad as these cars were born to be driven on long, winding roads in a spirited manner. They tend to be reserved for date night or special occasions, due to the reality these low-slung cars engineered to hit 200 mph are not well-suited to pot-holed and crowded city streets. The new Ferrari Roma is a refreshing exception; it was engineered to be a classic sportscar that doubles as a daily driver. It’s a Ferrari, so it is fast. A snarling 619-hp, 3.9 liter twin-turbo V8 takes it from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds, and keeps going all the way up to 199 mph. The traditional engine up front and rear wheel drive layout with an 8-speed automatic transmission makes it as easy to drive as a Ford Fiesta. Dermatologists will be pleased to know the Roma is not available as a convertible. With the lowest price point of the Ferrari line, this is a supercar you can actually drive every day;