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Source: Autocar

Roma Spider is new 612bhp entry-level Ferrari convertible

March 16th, 2023

Ferrari Roma Spider rear 3 4 Roma Spider is first soft-top released by Ferrari since the F430 Spider Spider matches performance figures of V8 Roma coup, thanks to clever aerodynamic tweaks

Ferrari has revealed a convertible variant of theFerrari Romaasits first car with a soft top since the Ferrari F430 Spiderwas retired in 2010.

Arriving as Ferrari'snew entry-level convertible, the RomaSpider has been extensively reworked at the rear, taking inspiration from the Ferrari Portofino Mthat it replaces.

It uses the same carbonfibre tub as the Roma coupbut with added rigidity measures,due to the lack of roof.

Overall, the Roma Spider weighs 84kg more than the 1570kg Roma coup, due to the addition of the roof-retraction mechanism, wind deflectorand integrated headrests for the rear seats.

Its headline addition is the soft top itself. Breaking a decade-long trend of hard-topconvertibles, the Roma Spider is Ferrari'sfirst front-engined soft-top spider since the 365 GTS4 of1969.

It's made from a five-layered bespoke fabric, boasts similar sound insulation to the coupe's tin topwhile saving on weightand can be opened in 13.5sec at vehicle speeds of up to 37mph.

The 255 litres of boot space isn't heavily affected when the roof is stowed, although Ferrarididn't confirm by how much.

Buffeting while the top is lowered is negated by a new, patented wind deflector that'sintegrated into the rear bench. This can be raised at speeds of up to 106mph.

Inside, you willfind an identical interior to the standard Roma's, with an 8.4in central display set between two cockpit-styleareas.

Grunt is provided by the same 612bhp 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engineas in the coup tothe rear axlethrough an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Despite thelack of a roofand therefore added drag, extensive aerodynamic tweaks - such as an active spoiler and a curved roofline - enable the Spider to matchthe coup's 0-62mph time of 3.4sec and top speed of199mph.

Pricing has yet to be announced for the Spider, but it's expected to hold a premium over its coup sibling (one of the best grand tourers currently on sale, thanks to its well-roundedness),which retails at more than 170,000.

Extensive personalisation options, including bespoke colours and fabrics for the soft top, will evidently push the Spider's price even further north.

Deliveries of right-hand-drive cars will begin at the start of 2024.