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Ferrari just unveiled an elegant 1950s-inspired coupé called the Roma

By Paul Connolly

Ferrari has taken the wraps off its latest model – the 200mph 1950s-inspired Roma GT.

The fifth new car to be revealed by the Prancing Horse brand this year, the Roma is a V8 2+2 Berlinetta model.

It sits between the Portofino convertible and the mid-engined F8 Tributo in the Ferrari range and is expected to cost from around £190k.

It’s very distinctive, with an elegant 1950s and 1960s-inspired coupé design, an entirely new cabin and many new components.

In true GT (grand tourer) style, it’s sleek and swept back, with a long bonnet, low nose and 2+2 seating configuration.

Taking its name from Italy’s capital, the Roma also harks back to Ferrari tradition of more than half a century ago – in particular the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, designed in the 50s, released in 1962.

The 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso (and a 250 GT 2+2) have long been considered amongst the most elegant Ferraris ever produced. It was loved by celebrities including movie heartthrob Steve McQueen.

Ferrari’s engineers have developed several cutting-edge technologies for the Roma, including a mobile rear spoiler integrated into the rear screen designed to retain the car’s elegance when retracted and “guarantee the downforce essential for the Ferrari Roma’s extraordinary performance” by automatically deploying at high speeds.

Under the bonnet lurks an award-winning V8 turbo engine seen in other Ferraris that punches out 620 cv at 7,500 rpm, reportedly making it the most powerful in its segment.

The engine features Variable Boost Management for rapid throttle response. The sound of the exhaust system was completely redesigned, removing the silencers and introducing new bypass valves.

The Roma features a new 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox that is more compact and 6 kg lighter than its 7- speed predecessor.

Ferrari says that as well as reducing fuel consumption and emissions, gear changes are faster and smoother making the car more responsive on the open road, but also comfortable in town and during stop & start driving situations.

The bodyshell and chassis have been redesigned to incorporate the companies’ latest weight reduction and advanced production technologies.

Some 70% of its components are entirely new. Ferrari says the mid-front-engined car has the best weight/power ratio in its segment (2.37 kg/cv).

Ferrari’s latest vehicle dynamics systems are included, the most notable example being the Side Slip Control 6.0 (a first on a Ferrari GT car) with 5- position manettino and Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer which controls yaw angle by hydraulically adjusting brake pressure at the callipers.

In the cabin, a new approach has been adopted, with the creation of two separate cells, one each for driver and passenger, in an evolution of the dual cockpit concept that embraces the entire cabin rather than just the dashboard.

The steering wheel has been designed using the “Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel” philosophy with all the car’s main commands actioned by haptic controls, ensuring the driver doesn’t have to move their hands from the wheel.

A 16” digital instrument cluster serves up information, while there’s also a central display with an 8.4” vertical screen and a new passenger display.

The new Ferrari key with “Comfort Access” function allows the driver to open the car by touching a button next to the new flush handle in the door.

New Matrix LED headlights are included and there’s also optional Ferrari advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including adaptive Cruise Control.

The Ferrari Roma should go on sale soon, with first UK and Ireland deliveries in summer 2020.

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