Published On Apr 29, 2021
The Roma is a sign that things are changing at Ferrari. For the last decade or so, Ferrari's sports cars have gotten more and more aggressive in looks — that's the opposite of the cars that Enzo Ferrari loved: comfortable, drivable GTs.
In this episode, we examine the meaning behind the Gran Turismo — and how it's an obsolete term today. But also how the Roma, more so than the Ferrari California upon which it's based, is a return to the idea of an everyday Ferrari.
It has adaptive cruise control, free scheduled maintenance, and a back seat. And while it has a rear spoiler, it has no button to make it go up and down — perhaps a way of saying, "leave those showoff antics to the Lamborghini owners."
It is a modern Ferrari, after all, so it has a twin-turbocharged flat-plane-crank V-8; light and incredibly precise electric power steering; an instant-shifting 8-speed dual-clutch automatic; and suspension tuning that makes it feel as though it weighs just 2500 lb.
And it's elegant. And beautiful. It is, alas, a real Ferrari.
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