When Ferrari revealed the Roma back in 2019, the turbocharged V8 grand tourer had everything the segment needed but a convertible option. That role was instead filled by the less powerful Portofino for years, but Ferrari has finally added a retractable top to the Roma to build this, the Roma Spider.
Billed as a “contemporary take on the chic, pleasure-seeking Italian lifestyle of the 1950s and ’60s,” the Roma 2+ convertible follows in the footsteps of the coupe but adopts a new innovation of its own.
There’s no better place to start than the soft top, which can be raised or lowered in 13.5 seconds at speeds up to 37 mph (60 km/h). Given the convertible comes from the Prancing Horse, the top offers “extensive personalization options that include sophisticated, bespoke fabrics and contrasting stitching.”
The designers tweaked the shape of the rear window. The rear deck has a body-color fascia that breaks the area into two sections to make room for storing the roof. The lower portion integrates into an active carbon-fiber spoiler.
Inside, the cabin looks mostly unchanged from the standard Roma, which is to be expected. The steering wheel still uses touch controls, but feedback from customers has yielded indents that make it easier for the driver to feel which one is which. As for the trackpad on the right, it too had an indent to make swiping easier. Finally, the start button is now illuminated for more drama.
Grunt is provided by the same 612bhp 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine as in the coupé to the rear axle through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.