There’s joy in driving (and sitting) in a convertible car. Think of the breeze ruffling your hair, the pristine views, lush green expanses and natural sunlight pouring in. On March 16, luxury car marque Ferrari launched the Ferrari Roma Spider, – a soft top convertible that the brand has unveiled after over 50 years, but the wait has been worth it.
The Ferrari Roma Spider is a timelessly elegant, high-performance car, but also a contemporary take on the chic, pleasure-seeking Italian lifestyle of the 1950s and 60s. Although the most striking feature is the adoption of a soft top retractable fabric roof and an untouched potent V-8 engine. The Roma Spyder retains the classic long nose and smooth curves of the standard model, with the added benefit of open-air driving. The soft top can be raised or lowered in just over 13 seconds, making it perfect for those unexpected rainstorms or sunny days. Ferrari lovers everywhere can now enjoy the thrill of driving a convertible with the iconic performance and design of the Prancing Horse.
Like the coupe, the Roma Spider packs a twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 that makes 612 horsepower (456 kilowatts). The only gearbox option is a dual-clutch, eight-speed automatic. Ferrari estimates the Roma Spider reaches 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and 124 mph in 9.7 seconds with a top speed of over 199 mph (320 kph).
The designers tweaked the shape of the rear window. The rear deck has a body-colour fascia that breaks the area into two sections to make room for storing the roof. The lower portion integrates into an active carbon-fibre spoiler. Unsurprisingly, the Roma Spider shares most of its technical aspects with the coupe but replaces the solid metal roof with a folding fabric soft-top for a full open-air experience.
Ensuring comfort and luxury the design elements for the front occupants feature electrically adjustable 18-way seats that are heated, and a neck warmer is an option. The rest of the interior is like the hardtop where the tall centre console creates separate cockpits for the front passengers. The layout includes a digital instrument cluster for the driver. There’s an 8.4-inch central display, and buyers can specify an optional screen on the passenger side.
Offering extensive personalisation options that include sophisticated, bespoke fabrics and contrasting stitching, the car is a haven for auto enthusiasts.