Michael Cantu has worked in the automotive industry since 2014. He has written over 800 car-related articles and tested and reviewed over 100 vehicles over the course of his career. Michael is a contributor at Edmunds and has also contributed to MotorTrend, Digital Trends and InsideEVs. Michael was featured on a few InsideEVs YouTube channel videos on the topic of electric vehicles. Michael was a MotorTrend Car of the Year judge for 2019 and was a driver in MotorTrend's World's Greatest Drag Races 7 & 8.
Evocative styling as only the Italians can do it
Superb blend of comfort and performance
Strong turbocharged V8 engine
Technically has rear seating
Difficult-to-use controls and infotainment interface
Most convenience and safety features are options
Those rear seats are tiny
The Roma is a quintessential grand-touring machine and Ferrari's entry-level model. But don't let the entry-level label fool you: This Ferrari's combination of performance, comfort and style is fully worthy of the brand's legendary heritage. It will rack up nearly endless touring miles with ease and grace and you'll attract looks of envy as you drive by. The Roma is a compelling alternative to the more expensive Portofino M and the brand's top performance models.
Like a true grand tourer, the Roma has a front-mounted engine that directs power to the rear wheels. It's motivated by a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 that's good for 611 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. The engine is backed by an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Getting to your favorite destination on time won't be a problem in the Roma — Ferrari says the grand-touring coupe will hit 62 mph (100 kph) from a stop in 3.4 seconds.
The Ferrari Roma Spider, or the convertible model, will likely grace us with its presence for the 2023 model year. The Spider should keep the same powertrain, but we don't know if it will have a hardtop or cloth top like the Portofino M. Either way, you'll be able to hear the beautiful sound of its V8 soundtrack better than ever with the top down.
If you check out the Roma's website, you'll see that Ferrari calls it "La Nuova Dolce Vita," or the New Sweet Life. That's not just marketing. The Roma will delight even the most seasoned supercar owner. Yes, it's expensive, but for what it offers, the Roma is quite the bargain. But of course it's not the only impressive grand tourer out there. The Porsche 911 Turbo S, Bentley Continental GT and Aston Martin DB11 are alluring alternatives to the Roma. None of them can claim the best or latest technology, but that's not what these grand-touring coupes are about.
Which Roma does Edmunds recommend?
Ferrari hasn't released official information on the 2023 Roma as of this writing. We'll update our recommendation if anything changes, but based on last year's Roma, only one well-equipped model is offered. For an easier and safer driving experience, add the ADAS package, which includes a bundle of advanced driver aids such as adaptive cruise control. And don't forget about adding Apple CarPlay because the Roma's infotainment system can be difficult to use.
Ferrari Roma models
[Editor's note: The following unofficial information is based on last year's Roma. We expect the 2023 model will have a similar lineup and we'll update this section once we have complete information.] The Ferrari Roma is a four-seat sport coupe that is offered in a single trim level. The Roma is powered by a 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine (611 horsepower, 561 lb-ft of torque) that is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels.
Standard feature highlights include:
Adaptive suspension dampers (help improve ride comfort and handling stability)
Hidden power-deployed rear spoiler
Dual-zone automatic climate control
18-way power-adjustable, heated front seats
Seven-speaker audio system
You can also add the optional ADAS package to get advanced safety features that include:
Frontal collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning (alerts you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)
Lane keeping assistance (steers the vehicle back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
Besides the numerous paint, interior material and wheel choices available, you can also add options such as:
Active matrix headlights
Sport exhaust system
Carbon-fiber interior and exterior treatments
Colored brake calipers
Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the vehicle and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
Folding split rear seats
A secondary infotainment display for the passenger