Any Ferrari Roma vs. Porsche 911 comparison has to touch on performance, but in that regard these cars are close — but in every other area, less so. Both the Ferrari Roma and Porsche 911 Turbo are more than sports cars—they’re supercars. But they have significant differences that every enthusiast should explore before buying.
The brainchild of Flavio Manzoni and Ferrari Centro Stile, the Roma is a Grand Tourer that expresses joy throughout its design in the form of aerodynamic curves and a lithe, alluring profile. At its core is a Dual Cockpit design that is designed symmetrically to maximize involvement for both the driver and the passenger on the road and track. Car and Driver concludes that “The exterior is exceptionally sleek, defined by clean lines, the most modern front end we’ve seen on a Ferrari, including sharp full-LED adaptive headlights with a horizontal light strip.”
The Porsche 911 Turbo has a strong design concept behind it, but the absence of the Dual Cockpit sensibility is on full display. Where the Roma nestles embraces driver and passenger in a cockpit to maximize the connection with the road, the 911 is comparatively open. While the Roma distributes functionality throughout the cabin — particularly with a passenger-side touchscreen that displays performance data — the 911 Turbo diverts all functionality to the driver.
They are fundamentally different driving experiences, but if you wish to celebrate performance — and to do so with a passenger at your side — the Roma is the clear winner.
The Roma offers stunning performance — and while the Porsche 911 Turbo isn’t far behind, it’s still behind Ferrari’s celebration of La Nuova Dolce Vita, or “The New Sweet Life.”
The Roma’s 3.9L twin-turbo V8 cranks out 611 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque, while the 911 Turbo offers a competent-but-still-lesser 572 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. And while the Porsche’s top speed is impressive at 199 mph, it can’t quite match the Roma’s ability to reach 200 mph. But when it comes to the performance of supercars, the difference is often fine — and when you’re in a world-class vehicle, even a fine difference can feel enormous.
Aside from the Dual Cockpit design, the Roma’s interior offers amenities that the 911 Turbo can’t match. Some of the features you’re find inside the Ferrari that are missing from the Porsche include:
The Ferrari Roma is designed to maximize driving enjoyment while offering truly world-class performance. Competitors like the Porsche 911 Turbo might come close, but Ferrari’s elegant designs and innovative architecture ultimately put it in a class of its own. Interested in buying a Ferrari of your own in St. Louis, Indianapolis, or anywhere else in the United States? Contact Continental AutoSports to get started — we’re based in the Chicago area, but we’ve helped enthusiasts throughout the country purchase the Prancing Horse of their dreams.
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