Ferrari's Step into a New World
Updated: Dec 16, 2020
When we got the call that we could not only ride with 10 Ferrari Romas through traffic-jam filled Zurich but also drive one the next day, we were absolutely stunned. Everyone's dream is to drive a Ferrari one day, doesn't matter what Ferrari, even a Mondial would do. It's the whole occasion of being in a Ferrari, feeling the heritage flow through the whole car and just being in something really special. Ferrari has done something interesting with the Roma. It isn't part of the mid-engined V8's, not part of the V12 Super-GT's, they have entered a whole new segment. The Roma is Ferrari's first front-engined V8 cruiser-sportscar in a while, competing with the DB11, Jaguar F-Type R and Porsche 911 Turbo. They are all designed to be two things; to be fast and comfortable while being fast at the same time. Some might say that it looks like an Aston Martin, well it does. It is a whole new design language which we haven't seen in any Ferrari yet, maybe in the SF90. The design is part of Ferrari's plan for this car, to be sleek, beautiful and unobtrusive. Kind of unusual for a Ferrari isn't it. So is it a real Ferrari? Definitely! While it is extremely comfortable, it is extremely fast. It has the same engine as in the Portofino, but finely-tuned for the Roma's GT-characteristics, and it has over 600 horsepower and a whole lot of torque. The interior is all new and has also never been seen in any other Ferrari. For the first time, the cabin is just simple and beautiful. But, how does it drive? We wish that we could tell you because the day we drove it, Ferrari had a pre-planned route to follow, which wasn't a problem, but it was soaking wet. We were all told to keep the car in its WET-mode, sadly not RACE-mode allowed, Thomas did it anyways. Although it was wet, acceleration wasn't really an issue, there was no drama at all. It just went, with a little bit of wheelspin, but it went! Some might say this wasn't the perfect opportunity to have driven our first Ferrari, but it sure was. We don't care if it's snowing or raining. We're all about driving, even in the most treacherous conditions, because we make the most out of every opportunity and out of every corner. So even if it was rainy, we absolutely loved our first experience with the prancing horses out of Maranello and are excited about our future with Ferrari.