Debuting as a concept 5 years ago, the Maserati Alfieri has a lot in common with the newest Ferrari GT.
**UPDATE: Ferrari North America has issued this statement in regards to this article: "The car is 100% the product of the Ferrari Centro Stile and Flavio Manzoni’s team."**
Despite Ferrari’s design being heavily criticized in recent years, most people agree that the new Ferrari Roma is one of the best looking Ferraris in a long time. Maranello’s latest twin-turbo V8 GT appears sleek and reserved, and it is being compared to other low-key supercars such as Aston Martins or Porsches. Yes, these days you can be classy and minimal while also having 612 Horsepower, launching from 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds, and sounding like an Italian monster. This is all thanks to the sweeping elegant design of the Roma.
Though the new F-car is not as flashy as the recent SF90 Stradale, there is definitely a strong essence of Ferrari design language on display. The headlights and nose are very similar to the topless Ferrari Monza, which harkens to Ferraris of the 60s, and the big back end with quad tail lights and exhaust resemble other GT models like the 612 or 456. So yes, this is a real Ferrari with real Ferrari numbers. Or is it?
Rumor has it that the newest prancing horse has a more direct Italian influence, only it isn’t technically from Ferrari. Yes, the Ferrari Roma may be connected to the Maserati Alfieri and not be in the Portofino family as the specs suggest. The Alfieri was revealed as a concept car in 2014, and production has been delayed until 2020 when it will replace the current GranTurismo. While the Alfieri is expected with various V6 engine options, and even an plug-in hybrid version, the concept was presented with the iconic Ferrari 136 V8 Engine. And of course, all this speculation is strongly supported by viewing the Roma and Alfieri side-by-side.
The Alfieri’s sharp LED headlights and nose, the multi-piece front splitter and front wheel arches, and the rounded rear with horizontal tail lights all favor the Ferrari Roma. After 5 years of development and a new generation of V8 Ferrari engines, it is easy to see how the design of the Roma could have been based on the Maserati. 2020 should prove us right, as the Alfieri will make its production debut.
Regardless of the origin of the Ferrari Roma, the car will sell very well. We will eventually see how this new offering compares to its class on the track and in the real world, but on paper the Roma looks very impressive. If Ferrari is going to keep making more models and increase production numbers, I’m at least glad they are stealing customers from the likes of Aston Martin and Mercedes AMG.
To see what the rest of the community is saying about the New Ferrari Roma, check out the Roma forum and this hot thread with pictures from the reveal in Rome. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the car, so please join the conversation!