The new Dolce Vita has a pure, refined style, a style that pays homage to the past but at the same time looks to the future. The new Dolce Vita has the unmistakable sound of the V8 from Maranello, the new Dolce Vita has a name, that of the Eternal City which aims to make it even more iconic. Ferrari Romethe protagonist of our test drive, is all this but also much more: we spent a weekend together with the new Cavallino coupe to get to know it better and be able to appreciate every aspect with a trip to the heart of the Motor Valley lived intensely.
Getting to know the cars in advance has always been a way to have a privileged look but never to be able to fully enjoy them. And so with this Ferrari we decided to take more time and before getting behind the wheel, to give a look at the stylistic evolution carried forward by Flavio Manzoni and the style center, a stylistic evolution that recalls the great Berlinette Gran Turismo of the 1960s, paying homage to the 250 GT Lusso or 330 GTC. The lines of a 2+ fastback coupé make it an elegant car, with a pure and refined but also extremely modern stylistic language. The front is characterized by a cantilevered volumewhich generates the Shark Nose effect.
The central engine setting thus makes the bonnet wide but in perfect harmony with the sinuous wheel arches: in this case the purity of the lines is emphasized by the absence of any solution visible aerodynamics, with the Maranello technicians who have decided to opt for a vortex generator integrated in the front underbody and above all for the movable wing at the rear. The latter fits perfectly into the elegant silhouette of the Roma as long as the car is stationary or at low speeds but can move in three positions, Low Drag, Medium Down Force and High Downforce reaching up to 95 kg of load at 250 km / h in HD configuration. This active aerodynamic solution assumes the position of maximum inclination, at 135 ° in dynamic braking conditions or when a greater performance contribution is required. The classic badges with the Cavallino also disappear on this Ferrari, another element that recalls the past and makes the sides linear, with pure shapes. At the rear then, almost like gems, the optical groups are set which almost seem to have been carved into the tail, accentuating the elegant soul of this model. At the bottom we find the carbon fiber diffuser, with a not too invasive choice that preserves the harmony of the rear and allows at the same time to give space to the four terminals of the exhaust system.
The interiors have an authentic Gran Turismo setting, without that extreme focus on the driver: in the case of Ferrari Roma, in fact, the environment is presented as symmetrical, with two shells sculpted by subtraction of volumes that also place the front passenger at the center of the driving experience. In front of the driver, the digital instrument panel stands out, wrapped in a protective eyelid that avoids any reflection. Following the concept of “hands on the wheel and eyes on the road”, Roma evolves the new HMI known on the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, with the steering that presents analog and touch solutions with a mix that can make purists turn up their noses but which seems to be the most logical and usable solution in an increasingly digital world. Using the multi-touch pad on the right spoke, you can access the menu and the customization of the dashboard, quickly switching from one screen to another and setting what you want to view according to your needs: from vehicle diagnostics to maps. Further down we find the lever which for the first time on a GT 2+ has 5 positions, Wet, Confort, Sport, Race and ESC Off while the power button is integrated in the lower part of the steering wheel. You can use it to manage navigation the infotainment system display, a full-touch 8.4 ”full HD, angled to minimize distractions once again and facilitate use for the driver. From here it also interacts with the air conditioning system and with musical entertainment. Then there is in front of the front passenger an additional screenfrom which you can access a screen relating to the performance of the car.
In the two days spent driving the Ferrari Roma, we were able to fully appreciate the evolution of the V8 from Maranello: so docile with the Confort lever, so biting if you choose. Sport mode or the Race. In this case, the eight-cylinder gives a full sound, which wins the wadding of the front engine layout and is appreciated, even more if you choose the manual option via the central gate. With the generous paddle shifts on the steering wheel, the award-winning Maranello engine can be pushed up to the limit, with a song that is enhanced by the new geometries of the exhaust system where there are no longer silencers and where new bypass valves regulate the involvement in wise way. Like this i 620 hp they can all be appreciated, with the constant progression that uses the Variable Boost Management to distribute the 760 Nm of torque so that this limit is reached between 7th and 8th gear. The unique performances speak of a sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of over 320 km / h. Elegance and purity of forms have therefore not put aside that eternal search for fun to drive, which also on Ferrari Roma thrives on a skilful balance.
There double soul of Ferrari Roma it is therefore evident in every aspect: the elegance of the shapes both outside and inside the passenger compartment is perfectly intertwined with the sporting vocation, even more evident when you put the manettino in Race and the double clutch in sequential. In this case the V8 sound and performance are available to those behind the wheel almost without compromise. A Gran Turismo with a beating heart, ready to entertain but so pure that you want to enjoy every moment of the journey.
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