Ital Auto Malaysia Sdn Bhd, the official importer and distributor of Ferrari cars in Malaysia, unveiled the Ferrari Roma Spider at their recently revealed showroom in Kuala Lumpur. As the latest addition to the iconic line of Prancing Horse Spiders, the Roma Spider pays homage to the carefree lifestyle of the 1950s and 60s, offering customers the option of a soft top—a first for a front-engined Ferrari in 54 years since the 1969 365 GTS4.
The soft-top design of the Roma Spider reflects a novel and modern approach, emphasising the car’s exuberant character. It comes with extensive personalisation options, featuring sophisticated, bespoke fabrics and contrasting stitching. The soft top can be deployed in just 13.5 seconds, operable at speeds of up to 60 km/h. Its compact design not only allows for a larger boot but also enhances the car’s overall versatility. A patented wind deflector integrated into the rear bench backrest contributes to in-car comfort without occupying additional space.
Retaining the excellent dynamic characteristics of the Ferrari Roma, the Spider boasts a best-in-class weight/power ratio, thanks to its soft top and all-aluminium chassis, housing a potent 620PS, 760Nm of torque twin-turbo V8 engine. The engine, part of the award-winning V8 turbo family, is coupled with Ferrari’s renowned 8-speed DCT, known for rapid shift times, comfort, and mechanical efficiency.
The Ferrari Roma Spider offers not only ease of driving but also exceptional dynamism and responsiveness, making it an ideal companion for both out-of-town weekends and extended journeys. It maintains the exhilarating Ferrari V8 soundtrack, coupled with features enhancing versatility, including a category-topping boot size, wireless connectivity via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and Wi-Fi.
Designed under the leadership of Flavio Manzoni, the Ferrari Roma Spider aims to extend the concept of “La Nuova Dolce Vita” for elegant, carefree driving ‘en plein air.’ The sophisticated fabric soft top preserves the coupé’s proportions seamlessly, and the exterior design focuses on clean lines and absolute symbiosis between elements. The proportions and volumes align with Ferrari’s front-engined GT tradition, complemented by modern touches for contemporary style.
The cabin of the Ferrari Roma Spider follows the dual cockpit concept, providing separate spaces for the driver and passenger. The symmetrical layout creates an organic distribution of spaces and functional elements, ensuring an immersive driving experience. High-tech features include a digital instrument cluster, optional passenger display, and a central 8.4” display for infotainment and climate control functions. The steering wheel’s Human-Machine Interface (HMI) incorporates touch controls for a refined driving experience.
Aerodynamics played a crucial role in the Ferrari Roma Spider’s development, considering the impact of the fabric soft top on bodywork geometries. The active spoiler, concealed in the rear lid, adjusts to three different positions, optimising downforce based on speed and driving conditions. Attention to aerodynamic comfort with the top-down minimises turbulence and wind noise in the cabin.
The car’s dynamics benefit from the Side Slip Control System (SSC) and Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer, providing precise handling and traction performance. The Manettino offers five positions, including the new ‘Race’ position, enhancing driving fun. The chassis, derived from the Ferrari Roma, incorporates new components, ensuring exceptional torsional rigidity and beam stiffness.
With a focus on client service, Ferrari offers an extended seven-year maintenance program for the Roma Spider, covering regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life. This exclusive service ensures peak performance and safety over the years and is also available for pre-owned Ferraris. The Ferrari Roma Spider is available in Malaysia, starting from RM3,200,000.00, inclusive of duties and taxes.