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The new Ferrari Roma is a Grand Tourer designed by Flavio Manzioni and the Ferrari Centro Stile has been drawing accolades from around the world, but more common nameplates like the Bentley Continental demand comparison. Read on to review the models
The Ferrari Roma makes a bold statement with its Dual Cockpit design, evolving on a concept that originated with classic Ferrari Grand Tourers of years past. Its symmetrical design means that driver and passenger alike get to enjoy the thrill of the open road; doubly so because vehicle functions are distributed throughout the cabin. The driver has everything they need within reach, but the passenger is similarly situated, and can view vehicle performance data on the available 8.4-inch full-color passenger touchscreen.
The Continental, on the other hand, is very different flavor of vehicle. Where the Roma is lithe and elegant, the Continental is big, angular, and brutish. Where the Roma emphasizes a combination of driving thrills and comfort, the Continental focuses on raw seating capacity at the expense of speed. It’s true that the Continental is larger than the Roma, but this comes at a big cost to driving enjoyment — and what is the point of driving a vehicle if enjoyment cannot be maximized?
When comparing the Roma vs. Continental, it’s clear that the Roma is the smaller vehicle, but also the more elegant one. And when you get behind the wheel of both the Bentley and the Ferrari, it immediately becomes clear that the Roma does more with less. Its Turbocharged 3.9L V8 is slightly smaller than the Bentley’s 4.0L V8, yet the Roma produces 611 hp while the Continental falls short with 550 hp. This has consequences in terms of performance: the Roma offers a top speed of 200 mph and the ability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, while the bulkier Continental has a top speed of 198 mph and a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.9 seconds.
Central to enjoyment of the Ferrari Roma is its Dual Cockpit design, which connects both driver and passenger to the road and the experience of driving in a way that the Continental cannot. Moreover, the Roma focuses on comfort in a way that the Continental does not, offering ventilated seats with a massage function as well as memory functionality. It’s clear that, while the Roma is a performance-focused vehicle, Ferrari has not neglected comfort considerations.
The Roma is a thrilling and elegant vehicle, and it only looks better when considered alongside competing vehicles. It’s a head-turner on the roads of St. Louis and Indianapolis, but it can also hold its own on the track. Interested in buying one of your own? Contact Continental AutoSports to get started — we’re based near Chicago, but we serve enthusiasts throughout the United States!
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