Ferrari released the Roma late last year. Its moderate price coupled with its versatility makes it a dream machine. It’s tailored for no particular discipline, but is a jack of all trades, providing an enjoyable drive on the street, and a capable of displaying a competitive streak on the racetrack. For $220,000, the Ferrari Roma’s 612 horsepower 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 packs a heated punch and gets the car to 60 mph in a mere 3.1 seconds. Here are three cars slower than the Ferrari Roma, and more expensive.
What Makes The Ferrari Roma So Special
The Roma represents Ferrari’s motivation to steer its GT class away from the frenetic style of its supercars. According to Ferrari’s Chief Design Officer Flavio Manzoni in an interview with Architectural Digest, the immense power of the brand’s supercars, like the SF90 Stradale, dictates the shape of the car. As such, the car becomes an aerodynamic missile. The aim for the Roma, however, is to promote an elegant cruising experience.
2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante: Slightly Slower Than The Ferrari Roma
For $320,000 Aston Martin’s DBS Superleggera Volante offers more horsepower, but less speed. The Aston comes with 715 horsepower from its V12 engine, and while the top speed is higher than the Ferrari at 211 mph, it doesn’t provide the same enjoyment. The Aston is reportedly difficult to drive fast, reviewers citing difficult braking and heavy steering. It gets to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, a hair more time than the Ferrari, but is still $100,000 more for less of a refined driving experience. It looks great though, even without a roof.
2021 Rolls Royce Dawn: Much Slower Than the Ferrari Roma
The Rolls-Royce Dawn is a convertible coupe, and clearly in a different league than the Ferrari in the way of luxury. Its twin-turbocharged V12 spits out 563 horsepower, quite a bit down from the Ferrari. It crawls to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, and at $360,000 it’s on the cheaper end of the Rolls-Royce lineup. That said, what the Dawn does well it does so in spades. The Dawn is all about lulling the driver to sleep. Its GPS-guided transmission anticipates gear changes based on the road, its suspension is tuned for comfort, and the seats can massage through the soft leather.
2020 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso
Ferrari offered its GTC4 for $260,000, just a bit more expensive than the Roma and about as much slower. The GTC4 Lusso has all-wheel drive with its naturally aspirated V12 or a turbocharged V8 with rear-wheel drive. The V8 gets 600 horsepower and the same top speed as the Roma at 199 mph but hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The v12 starts at $300,000 with 680 horsepower, but only gets to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, still slower than the Roma.
If there ever was a slot open for a budget Ferrari, the Roma could fill its shoes. It displays incredible performance, classic style, and sticks with a simple turbocharged engine without delving into hybrid complexity.