Ferrari unveils Roma Spider with 456kW twin-turbo V8

Ferrari has unveiled the Roma Spider, powered by a 456kW twin turbo V8 and featuring a proper soft top roof. The 2+ sports car can go topless in just 13.5 seconds and at speeds up to 60km/h.

Better still, a new, patented wind deflector integrated into the backrest of the rear bench can be deployed by a button on the central tunnel, guaranteeing exceptional in-car occupant comfort without taking up any space in the car.

Its engine is coupled with Ferrari’s universally-acclaimed 8-speed DCT, making for a car that is not just rewardingly easy to drive, but also extremely dynamic and responsive.

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A number of features are designed to make this car superbly versatile, including a decent sized boot which includes a hatch via the rear seat backrests to allow larger items to be carried, and standard wireless connectivity for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

18-way-adjustable heated ergonomic seats are also available with an optional neck warmer for colder days. Special fabrics feature on the soft top roof too, including the option of a technical fabric with an innovative weave in striking iridescent red.

The exterior sports harmonious proportions in line with Ferrari’s front-engined GT tradition, but with a modern take, giving the car a sophisticated, contemporary stylishness. The long front bonnet underscores the silhouette of the flanks, lending a sense of sleekness too.

Engine cooling is guaranteed by the perforated surfaces, creating a new interpretation of the grille. The edges flow into two linear, full-LED headlights which lend the front of the car a distinctive character all of its own.

The Ferrari Roma Spider’s long rear overhang, characteristic of the Ferraris of the 1950s and 60s, has been re-proportioned, resulting in a low, compact look that hugs the rear axle. The wraparound tail of the car has a minimalist and iconic design.

The rear is completed by a compact aerodynamic diffuser that incorporates the fence and exhaust tailpipes. Inside, Ferrari has created two separate spaces, one each for driver and passenger; a look that’s based on the dual cockpit concept of the 1970s.

As a result the Roma Spider’s cabin has an almost symmetrical layout, designed to make the passenger feel almost like a co-driver. Tech is derived from the standard Roma, including a digital instrument cluster, and the option of a passenger information display.

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Inside the 2023 Ferrari Roma Spider (overseas model shown)

An 8.4-inch central display set between the two cockpits and partly floating between the dashboard and tunnel incorporates the other infotainment and climate control functions. The F1 gearbox controls have been set into a modern metal plate too.

In the Ferrari Roma Spider, this is in the centre of the tunnel and inclined to make it easier for the driver to reach and see. The steering wheel is a refined version of that seen on the Ferrari Roma, with touch controls on its spokes.

The left-hand spoke has indents corresponding to the touch controls to ensure the driver can feel which one to use. The track pad on the right-hand spoke has been improved – and there is now an indent that makes it easier to swipe.

These solutions help the driver know where the controls are, in line with the “Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel” philosophy Ferrari has been adopting for quite some time. The Engine Start button is now also backlit in red.

A local launch date, final specifications and pricing are not yet known. These details will be confirmed closer to the car’s Australian launch.

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