It took about three years, but Ferrari has finally announced an open-top version of its most compelling newer model, the Roma. And, as the Roma is the most nostalgic Ferrari regular production model of the century — its design language harkens back to 1960s classics — it stands to reason that the new Roma Spider is the first regular production ragtop in the Ferrari range to appear in half a century. Ferrari unveiled the new Roma variant in Marrakesh.
Essentially a revised production version of the V8 2+ concept car, the Roma Spider features a unique soft top that has, Ferrari tells us, the acoustic-damping properties of a retractable hard top, and can be raised and lowered in 13.5 seconds at speeds of up to about 37 miles per hour. It can be ordered in a number of colors and bespoke fabrics. Additionally, the variant is outfitted with a special wind deflector that is incorporated in the rear backrest and gives the soft-top Roma the downforce and control of the hard-top version.
To accommodate the body style, Ferrari adapted the back section from the Portofino M for the Roma Spider. The expected additional rigidity and componentry adds about 190 pounds to the hard-top’s curb weight. The Roma Spider’s unique features include Side Slip Control 6.0, and Ferrari’s Dynamic Enhancer.
The engine and performance features of the Roma carry over, of course, but a quick review doesn’t hurt. The award-winning V8 produces 611 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque; it is joined to an 8-speed F1 DCT automatic gearbox. At 3.4 seconds, the Roma Spider’s 0-62 time matches its hard-top sibling’s; the 199 MPH top speed follows suit.