Mark Takahashi has worked in the automotive industry since 2001. He has written thousands of car-related articles and tested and reviewed hundreds of vehicles over the course of his career.
Evocative styling as only the Italians can do it
Potent 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
No major changes for 2022
Part of the first Roma generation introduced for 2021
A grand-touring car is generally thought of as a coupe with two or four seats that has plenty of performance, though perhaps not as much as a true sports car. It was initially intended as a reasonably comfortable, fun-to-drive vehicle that could blow through some touring miles in style. In the Ferrari lineup, the Roma is the GT torchbearer and it fills that role with ease.
The 2022 Ferrari Roma is a sleek and sexy coupe with four seats, though those tiny four seats are better suited to holding cargo overflow than actual passengers. Under the hood is a 611-horsepower V8 engine that should more than satisfy most drivers. Combined with impressive handling, the Roma likely has the performance part of the equation covered.
As far as technology and convenience goes, the Roma could use some help. The small infotainment screen is difficult to read and operate when you're moving, and many tech features, including Apple CarPlay, are optional add-ons. This is a Ferrari after all, and most people are looking at the Roma with more of an emotional filter than a pragmatic one, and we're well aware that changing their minds would be an uphill battle. Alternatives such as the Aston Martin DB11 or Bentley Continental may be easier to live with, though.
Which Roma does Edmunds recommend?
Since there is only one trim level for the Roma, we suggest adding the optional ADAS package, which adds adaptive cruise control and a few safety features as well as Apple CarPlay, since the native infotainment system can be difficult to use especially while driving.
Ferrari Roma models
The 2022 Ferrari Roma is a four-seat sport coupe that is offered in a single trim level. All Romas are 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.
Roma 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 options 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 monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)
Lane keeping assist (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
In terms of price, size and styling, the Aston Martin DB11 is about as close a rival as you'll find to the Ferrari Roma. The Roma has a power advantage, but either of these coupes will have plenty of performance to exceed expectations for a grand-touring car. The DB11 does benefit from an easier-to-use infotainment system, however, which should make it easier to live with.
While the Roma is more of a true GT, the McLaren GT is more of a supercar that was watered down to make it a bit more comfortable and convenient. The McLaren GT is still very much a brash mid-engine sports car with a stiffer ride and few creature comforts when compared to rivals. If performance is your priority, the McLaren may be worth a look.
The Bentley Continental goes in yet another direction — it's more of a luxury coupe that adds enough performance that you can consider it a GT. The Bentley's interior is positively lavish compared to the Roma's, and it also benefits from more tech features and a more intuitive infotainment system. It may not be as athletic as the Ferrari, but the GT Speed and perhaps some forthcoming models may narrow that gap.