Ferrari Brings Back the Soft Top on the 2024 Roma Spider

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  • Ferrari has removed the roof from the beautiful Roma coupe to create the 2024 Roma Spider, a successor to the Portofino M.
  • The design remains mostly the same, but Ferrari has redesigned the rear spoiler, added a wind deflector and strengthened the chassis and bodywork.
  • The Roma Spider still makes 612 horsepower from its turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8.

For the first time since the 1969 365GTS/4, a front-engine Ferrari will have a dust top. Today, Ferrari unveiled the Roma Spider, chopping off the roof of its elegant V-8-powered coupe and replacing it with a retractable soft top. The Roma Spider replaces the Portofino M in Ferrari’s lineup, as reported by our friends over at Road and track.

Thankfully, Ferrari left the exterior mostly unchanged, with the Roma Spider retaining the long hood and smooth curves of its coupe sibling. The soft top can be erected in just 13.5 seconds at speeds of up to 37 mph, and is constructed using special multi-layer fabric weaving. The active rear spoiler has been redesigned and recalibrated for roofless driving, with three positions that increase downforce the faster you go. Ferrari also beefed up the rear end of the chassis, claiming the Roma Spider is just 185 pounds heavier than the coupe.

The cabin has the same sophisticated look as the original Roma, with an 8.4-inch vertical screen and a metal gear selector plate surrounded by sumptuous leather and faux suede. Ferrari says the steering wheel buttons have been revised for easier use and the start button now glows red. Ferrari has paid attention to reducing wind noise and turbulence with the top down, with a 5mm aerodynamic element added to the top of the windscreen and a wind deflector that pops up through the back of the rear seats with the pressure of turning a button. It can’t be opened with rear passengers in place, but given the tight quarters in the rear of the Roma, we imagine this will rarely be a problem.

The Roma Spider’s heart is unchanged, with the turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 still pumping out a massive 612 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque, sending it to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. Ferrari introduces small changes to the gearbox that improve fuel efficiency, and the Roma Spider comes with the latest version of the Slide Slip Control system that manages traction and stability control and allows for predictable driving.

Despite the prodigious power, the Roma Spider is more of a cruiser than a track weapon, and comes with plenty of amenities like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and 18-way power-adjustable heated seats, with the option of a neck warmer to add if you want to keep the top down in cooler climates.

No pricing for the Roma Spider has been provided, but we estimate it will start around $280,000, compared to the $247,310 base price for the coupe. Ferrari also hasn’t specified when the Roma Spider will go on sale, but we expect the Roma Spider to start providing top-to-bottom excitement by the end of the year.

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Caleb Miller began blogging about cars at the age of 13, and he realized his dream of writing for an automotive magazine after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University and attending the Car and Driver team. He loves quirky and obscure cars, aiming to one day own something outlandish like a Nissan S-Cargo, and is an avid motorsport fan.