Ferrari Roma Spider Debuts As Carmaker’s Most Accessible Open-top Supercar

  • Mar 17, 2023
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The convertible version of the Roma is a twin-turbo V8 beast that gets from nought to 100kmph in 3.4 seconds

  • Ferrari Roma Spider breaks cover. 

  • Gets a soft top that can be opened in 13.5 seconds at speeds of up to 60kmph. 

  • Powered by a 620PS, 3.9-litre V8 petrol engine paired with a seven-speed DCT. 

  • Does zero to 100kmph in 3.4 seconds, nought to 200kmph in 9.7 seconds. 

  • Roma Spider has structural differences from the coupe version for better rigidity. 

Ferrari has introduced the convertible version of its most accessible supercar. Called the Ferrari Roma Spider, the new supercar combines the aesthetics and utility of an open-top roadster with the power of Ferrari’s twin-turbo V8 engine to make for an ultra-fast driving machine that can put some serious wind in your hair. 

Ferrari Roma Spider: a beautiful driving machine

On the outside, the Ferrari Roma Spider looks like a roof-less Roma (for obvious reasons), but it gets many structural changes under the skin, including new door sills, A-pillars and a redesigned rear section. Overall, it weighs 84kg more than the coupe, but Ferrari claims the Roma Spider offers similar levels of chassis rigidity and handling as the Roma coupe. 

From the front, the Roma’s pretty nose with its perforated grille and wide headlamps are the same as before. Lower down, the massive splitter is still there, with lots of aerodynamic trickery in place to ensure that the car stays glued to the ground even at high speeds. The changes start at the A-pillar onwards, with the convertible getting a folding soft-top, with different material options, that can be opened or closed in a mere 13.5 seconds at speeds up to 60kmph.  

At the rear, the Roma’s boot lid is more bulbous since it accommodates the folded roof in addition to luggage. The Roma’s sleek two-part taillights are intact, and the lower rear bumper gets massive quad exhausts and a functional diffuser. Overall, like the coupe, the Roma Spider is still a gorgeous machine with drool-worthy looks. 

Massive V8 under the bonnet 

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The front-engined Ferrari Roma Spider gets the same 3.9-litre, twin-turbo V8 petrol engine under its bonnet as the coupe version. It makes 620PS and delivers 80 per cent of its 760Nm of torque from as low as 1900rpm. The result is blistering performance – the Roma Spider can get from nought to 100kmph in 3.4 seconds, and onto 200kmph in 9.7 seconds. These are incredible numbers for any supercar and downright scary for a convertible! 

Interior and features 

The interior of the Roma Spider follows the same twin-cockpit design of the coupe. The driver’s main readout is the digital display behind the steering wheel, with a separate 8.4-inch display placed at the centre of the dashboard. The multi-function steering wheel has touch controls, the engine start-stop button is backlit and there’s a rear bench seat as well, but that’s best reserved for kids. It also gets an optional neck warmer, useful if you want to drop the top on a cold day.  

The Ferrari Roma Spider just might be the quintessential modern-day roadster with its performance and advanced dynamics. Its chief rivals are the Jaguar F-Type and Lamborghini Huracan Spyder.

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