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Video: Ferrari Roma Spider

Is the Ferrari Roma Spider as good as it looks? Rory heads to Sardinia to review the company’s drop top alternative to the Roma.

Published on 11 October 2023 | 0 min read

Rory Reid gets behind the wheel of the new Ferrari Roma Spider. A modern twist on Ferrari’s timeless elegance, this soft-top two-seater seeks to capture the spirit of the chic, pleasure-seeking Italian lifestyle of the 1950s and 60s.
It does so by drawing inspiration from the iconic Ferrari 250 GT of the 1960s, with swooping bodywork and distinctive, shark-like grille. While it carries the proportions, volumes and specifications of the Ferrari Roma’s V8 2+ concept, the soft top fabric roof adds an understated twist to help the Spider stand out. Unlike some recent Ferraris, the Roma Spider aims for a broader demographic by seeking a balance between power and approachability. With a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, the Roma Spider boasts 620 horsepower, propelling it from 0 to 62 in 3.4 seconds and reaching a top speed of 198 miles per hour. But that is tempered by a controlled, progressive acceleration that’s suitable for both experienced drivers and those with limited time behind the wheel. Its rear-wheel drive and eight-speed DCT gearbox make driving engaging and, while the exhaust note may not match some of Ferrari's classic V8s, it still delivers a satisfying soundtrack, especially during upshifts. While the Roma Spider shines in many aspects, it does have some minor quirks, like sensitive lane departure warning systems and automatic braking, and buttons on the steering wheel that could take some getting used to. But do those peculiarities detract from the overall result? Join Rory in Sardinia for the full review of its performance and design, and learn about the unusual events leading up to this new chapter in Ferrari’s history. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos and reviews from Rory and the team.