A canvas folding roof is Ferrari’s biggest advancement for the Roma Spider

News Summary:

  • Ferrari introduced the all-new Roma Spider last night and it looks very neat. I like the Roma, which debuted in 2019 as the brand’s newest front-engined grand tourer and packs a 3.9-liter V8 and rear-wheel drive in a rather sleek design. But one key thing it lacks is the removable roof.

  • In most cases, launching a new Ferrari is a big deal. Recall the debut of last year’s revolutionary LaFerrari, the SF90 Stradale hybrid and the Purosangue SUV – all pivotal moments of their era. Now, the Italian outfit has revealed another new model, but the highlight is some pretty classic technology. Meet the Ferrari Roma Spider, featuring the first folding canvas roof on a reserved-engine Ferrari since 1969.

Fortunately, Ferrari has corrected this with the new Roma Spider, retaining the original car’s good looks and adding a brand new canvas roof. According to Ferrari, the hood marks the first time the Italian automaker has fitted a cloth roof to a car since the 365 GTS4 in 1969.

According to Ferrari, the fabric roof was chosen because it has a much more compact design than the hard convertible you’ll find on the SF90 and F8 Spiders. According to the company, this means the Roma retains actual trunk space and “increases the vehicle’s versatility”.

It seems odd that Ferrari is shouting about some pretty old technology, let’s be honest. But we are here.

According to Ferrari, the interesting thing about the new roof is that it comes with “many custom-made options”. This means that anyone looking for a Roma Spider will be able to choose from a variety of fabrics, colors and even custom stitching on the soft, eye-catching soft top.

To prove that it’s not just style over quality, Ferrari also reports that the roof can be opened in just 13.5 seconds and can be opened and closed when driving at speeds up to 57 mph. It also comes with a new wind deflector, which keeps the wind from getting your hair too dirty.

Far from the fun roof, most of Roma remains familiar. That long hood houses a twin-turbo V8 developing 611 horsepower, mated to Ferrari’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. All of this means that the Roma Spider can handle a top speed of 198mph and go from 0 to 62mph in 3.4 seconds according to the manufacturer.

To stop all that power, the Roma Spider has 15.4-inch disc brakes at the front and 14-inch spinning discs at the rear. Ferrari says this means the car will come to a complete stop from 62 mph in just 32 metres, or about 105 ft. If all of that sounds to you, Ferrari has a pretty detailed configurator on its website where you can visualize your dream Roma Spider specs.