It’s sunrise in the desert somewhere near the Mexican border. The empty roads are black ribbons of asphalt gently bending and rippling into the horizon. There’s not another person or vehicle in sight and the roar of the quad exhausts shattering the morning silence indicates only one thing: a Ferrari is on the loose.
As I take the car into the lower triple digits, using the paddle shifters in Sport Mode to cycle through its eight gears, I notice the RPMs are only 2,000, which gives me a smile as big as the Cheshire Cat because redline doesn’t begin until 8,000. There’s power to spare on this gorgeous Italian beast, and then some.
This is no ordinary Ferrari, if that word is even acceptable. This is the 2021 Ferrari Roma super GT – the newest stallion in Maranello’s stables. Powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 packed with 612 horses that can reach 60 mph in three seconds, the new Roma, no matter how graceful its appearance, has the soul of a cage fighter.
First, let’s address the elephant in the room right away. Since the Roma’s unveiling, there’s been a steady stream of comments about it essentially being a Ferrari-styled Aston Martin DB11. While I acknowledge the similarity in design and styling cues, I will not wade into that discussion. Why? Because it doesn’t matter.
Instead, I will boldly make the statement that this is the most beautiful Ferrari built in decades.
If that means inspiration was drawn from Aston Martin or Pininfarina or Zagato or anywhere else, then I say bravo. The end result is unabashedly Ferrari, draw-dropping in its beauty.
More likely, inspiration for the Roma came from Ferrari’s extensive design archives. I would think an amalgamation of elements from the 250 Lusso, 250 GTO, 612 Scaglietti and even the 812 Superfast are the most obvious.
What the Roma represents is a return to the elegance of the 1960s grand tourers. The original purpose of the GT, whose golden age was in the mid-20th century, was a race car with the trappings of comfort. It was meant to embody elegance, luxury, power and performance in the most balanced way possible.
Ferrari’s design team, led by virtuoso Flavio Manzoni, has won so many Red Dot Awards that I’ve stopped counting. In less than a decade, they’ve been awarded close to 20 of these prestigious design distinctions for models such as the genre-bending La Ferrari and FXX-K.
So it’s refreshing to see a team that’s created the most futuristic and celebrated modern supercars – or terrestrial spaceships, as I call them – has the confidence to create the Roma.
There is nothing brutal or in-your-face about the Roma’s design. The lines are smooth and refined but nonetheless powerfully evocative. Even the nose, which looks like it was borrowed from a mako shark, indicates reserved aggression ready to be unleashed if necessary, but remains incredibly harmonious to the overall sophistication.
To me, this is the essence of Ferrari.
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