Ferrari has done it again. The new 2021 Ferrari Roma is a stunning piece of design work that has Car and Driver drooling. It also comes with a high price that is typical of Ferrari. Is it worth it, however? The answer is not all that surprising for anyone who’s been behind the wheel of a Ferrari.
The 2021 Ferrari Roma is too expensive for most buyers
It’s no secret that Ferraris aren’t cheap. For most people, buying one used is the only way to own one, and even that might be beyond their budget.
Then there’s the fact that routine maintenance can cost more than some new cars. One bolt for a Ferrari can cost $45. If your engine needs an overhaul, which is recommended for some Ferraris, then the price is $7,000 to $30,000.
The 2021 Ferrari Roma has a starting price of $222,620. That’s before you begin to discuss trim levels and available features, however. So what features does the 2021 Ferrari Roma offer that justify the huge price tag?
Get ready to be impressed
Say what you want, but Ferrari knows how to design some gorgeous cars. From its sharp looks to its eye-catching colors, the Ferrari Roma would turn heads without that unmistakable prancing horse badge on the front.
There’s more to the 2021 Ferrari Roma than good looks, however. It comes equipped with a 612-hp turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine. This is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Car and Driver was very intrigued by the sweet music coming from this powerful engine. While many people prefer quiet engines, there’s no doubt that the purr of a supercar has an undeniable allure.
Speaking of a powerful engine, it doesn’t lack in the speed department. Car and Driver estimates it can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. It can reach 100 mph in 6.8 seconds, hits the quarter-mile in 11.0 seconds, and has a top speed of 199 mph.
Where it fails to impress is the fuel economy. It gets 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. Anyone that can afford the expensive price tag isn’t going to turn down a Ferrari based on this, however.
The 2021 Ferrari Roma is luxurious inside and out
Some automakers try to get away with cheap materials. Often times this is reflected in the price, as the more expensive materials are reserved for the higher trim levels. That’s not always the case, and it’s common to see vehicles get slammed for being filled with hard plastics. You won’t be finding plastic in the 2021 Ferrari Roma.
What you’ll get are leather seats and faux-suede. The seats are surprisingly comfortable, even in the back seat. While adults usually dread riding in the back, it’s not that bad. It’s not ideal for a road trip, but a quick drive to that fancy new restaurant everyone’s raving about is in the realm of possibilities.
Ferrari doesn’t go cheap on the tech. The driver cluster is a 16-inch fully digital gauge that is hard to miss. The vertically mounted 8.4-inch touchscreen is easy to use, and the front passenger gets their own separate screen. There are also some available safety features like blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.
There isn’t much room for things like luggage, and it’s definitely not suitable for going on a huge grocery spree, but it’s a Ferrari. Most supercar lovers will likely forgive it for the few flaws it does have.