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Ferrari has unveiled the latest addition to its range, the Ferrari Roma Spider, at an exclusive event at El Badi Palace in Marrakesh. The car is a contemporary take on the Italian lifestyle of the 1950s and 60s, a time of chic, pleasure-seeking elegance. While the Roma Spider carries over the Ferrari Roma's successful V8 2+ concept, what makes it unique is the adoption of a soft top, something that hasn’t been seen on a front-engined Ferrari for a whopping 54 years. To keep with modern standards, the soft top deploys in just 13.5 seconds and can even be opened while idling around at 60 km/h. The Ferrari Roma Spider retains the Ferrari Roma's excellent dynamic characteristics even with changes to the chassis to accommodate the open top, something that can often have a negative effect on the way the car carves up mountain passes. The Roma Spider is superbly versatile, and fast and can even take a pair of passengers in the rear, although they’re not going to be part of the NBA, that’s quite clear. Even with the changes that had to be carried out to allow the Roma to wear an opening soft top, the Ferrari designers and technicians still managed to keep to the stunning looks and dimensions of the hard top version. The soft-top drop-top is just amazing to look at, well in pics anyway.

The Ferrari Roma Spider's long front bonnet underscores the spare silhouette of the flanks, lending a sense of sleekness to the entire body and a dynamic look. The designers sought to preserve the minimalist elegance of the car's forms by removing any vents or superfluous decorative features. Under the said bonnet, we find that sublime 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 engine that’s rated to produce a healthy 456 kW of power with 760 Nm of torque as seen in the tin-top Roma coupe. It’s said that this power helps propel the car from 0-100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and can top out at a fast 320 km/h - pretty decent for a cabriolet. Engine cooling is aided by the perforated surfaces only where strictly necessary, creating a new interpretation of the grille concept and airflow. The distinctive solution is finished in the same colour as the bodywork, so fits in seamlessly with the styling. The fastback cabin volume is compact and set back, ending in a subtle nolder beneath which the designers have created a modern take on the signature Ferrari tail. The car's long rear overhang which harks back to the Ferraris of the 1950s and 60s, has been re-proportioned, resulting in a low, compact volume which hugs the rear axle. The Ferrari Roma Spider's cabin has an almost symmetrical layout so that the passenger will feel involved in the driving experience, as well as feeling like sitting in a plane cockpit. The innovative look of the dual cockpit was achieved by extending the philosophy applied to the dash to the entire cabin, producing two separate spaces, one each for the driver and passenger. The Ferrari Roma Spider is not just going to be rewardingly easy to drive; but also extremely dynamic and responsive, making it the perfect companion on out-of-town weekends and longer journeys to places like Camps Bay to cruise topless and have the locals chuck their undies at you.

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off all the properly stunning curves and lines of the new Ferrari Roma Spider that's not only one of the best-looking open-top supercars we've seen in ages, but the first front-engined Ferrari to wear a soft roof: The new Ferrari Roma Spider unveiled | Ferrari

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