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New Ferrari Roma – bringing back “the good life” of the 1950’s and 60’s

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Ferrari Roma is designed to be a contemporary representation of the carefree, pleasurable way of life that characterised Rome in the 1950s and ‘60s.

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Ferrari Roma – “la Nuova Dolce Vita.” Credit: Ferrari
  • Influenced by the Ferrari’s of the 50’s & 60’s
  • Based on the same chassis and engine as the Portofino
  • There’s a new design to the key
  • Roma has hidden active aero

The Ferrari Roma, the new mid-front engined 2+ coupé (because the rear seat space is very small it’s not classed as a 2 + 2), features refined proportions and timeless design combined with unparalleled performance and handling. With its distinctive flair and style, Roma is a contemporary representation of the carefree, pleasurable way of life that characterised Italy’s capital Rome in the 1950s and ‘60s. This is also why Ferrari chose to adopt the tagline “La Nuova Dolce Vita”, the new good/sweet life.

The Ferrari Roma uses the same chassis as the coupé-convertible Portofino and also shares its 3.9-litre twin turbo V8. But its power output has been increased to 611bhp and it benefits from the new eight speed dual shift gearbox that the SF90 hybrid uses. All of this makes the Roma marginally faster than the Portofino.

The cars that inspired Roma

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 hearkens to Ferrari’s of the ’60s, and the big back end with quad tail lights and exhaust resemble other GT models like the 612 and 456.

But what were the cars of the dolce vita? Which Gran Turismo and “custom-built” cars have inspired the style and technique of Ferrari Rome?

Ferrari Roma - la Nuova Dolce Vita heritage
Ferrari Roma – la Nuova Dolce Vita style heritage. Credit: Ferrari
Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta luxury

The true ancestor of the Ferrari Roma is a coupe from 1962, but with two seats. It is the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta luxury that in the period 1962-1964 embodies the spirit of sleek lines combined with true sportiness and fine finishes. There are 351 “luxury” products in four years with Pininfarina style and Scaglietti bodywork characterized by a very long 250 GTO style bonnet and tail end.

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Ferrari 250 GT 2 + 2

An inspirer of the Ferrari Roma is the Ferrari 250 GT 2 + 2 (also known as 250 GTE, 250 GT / E) the first car of Maranello able to accommodate four people, a prestigious protagonist of the sweet Roman life. It was produced between 1960 and 1963 in 957 examples. The Ferrari 250 GT 2 + 2 is a coupe with a 3-liter V12 engine and 240 hp that touches the 212 km/h and has also become famous for being the first Ferrari of the Italian Police.

Ferrari 250 GT 2 + 2
The 2 + 2 grows and becomes 330 GT

The Ferrari 330 GT 2 + 2, produced from 1964 to 1967 in 1,099 units, when by now the good life had vanished, but remains famous for the front with four round headlights of the first series. The V12 engine went up to four liters and the power reached 300 HP for a maximum speed of 245 km/h.

Ferrari 330 GT

Roma’s New Key

Jack Rix, Deputy Editor of Top Gear shared photos of the Roma’s key on Twitter. They show a leather-backed metallic fob adorned only with the prancing horse logo on the front and “Roma” on the back. The locking and trunk controls are marked by embossing on the leather.

You can delete the front quater panel badges

Ferrari Roma
Trademark Ferrari front quater panel badges can be deleted as a choice on the Ferrari Roma.

Hidden Active Spoiler

The pleasure of the Ferrari Roma’s design is like a sculpture, is there to please your eye. It doesn’t rely on scoops and vents and slashes to create the drama. However, aero hasn’t been ignored entirely. The lower section of the rear screen, is actually a moveable spoiler that sits flush with the surrounding bodywork. The spoiler raises up and deploys to three different heights depending on your speed and driving mode. It will also act as an air brake when you really hit the brakes.

Ferrari Roma Active Aero Spoiler
Ferrari Roma Active Aero Spoiler. Credit: Ferrari

Dual Cockpit Concept

The new formal approach to the interior led to the creation of two driver and passenger safety cells, an evolution of the Dual Cockpit concept. Unlike Ferrari sports cars, typically built around the figure of the driver, the cockpit of the Ferrari Roma has an almost symmetrical structure. This makes for a more organic distribution of space and functions, so that the passenger feels extremely involved in the driving.

Ferrari Roma Dual Cockpit Interior
Ferrari Roma Dual Cockpit Interior. Credit: Ferrari
Ferrari Roma Dual Cockpit Interior
The passenger gets an information screen. Credit: Ferrari

Roma’s Power

The Ferrari Roma represents the pinnacle of performance in this category, thanks to its turbo-charged V8 from the family of engines that has won the overall International Engine of the Year award four years running. In this version, the engine reaches 620 cv at 7500 rpm and is coupled with the new 8-speed DCT gearbox that was introduced on the SF90 Stradale.

Ferrari Roma V8 Engine
Ferrari Roma V8 Engine. Credit: Ferrari

Chassis

The Ferrari Roma chassis benefits from the modular technology developed by Ferrari for its new generation models. Both bodyshell and chassis have been redesigned to incorporate the latest weight reduction and advanced production technologies. In fact, 70% of its components are entirely new. The mid-front-engined 2+ Ferrari Roma has the best weight/power ratio in its segment (2.37 kg/cv) which enhances handling dynamics and responsiveness.

Front view of the Ferrari Roma
A very good looking Ferrari.

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Bugatti Chiron Noire Revealed: The “affordable” version of the $18.7million La Voiture Noire

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Bugatti have recently revealed the Chiron Noire Élégance and Chiron Noire Sportive, two new limited edition versions of the Chiron that are inspired by the one-off $18.7 million La Voiture Noire unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
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Bugatti Chiron Noir Sportive. Credit: Bugatti
  • Bugatti have revealed two new limited edition Chiron designs based on the incredibly popular $18.7 million La Voiture Noire.
  • Chiron Noire Élégance features a gloss carbon fibre body
  • Chiron Noire Sportive is distinguishable by its sporty matt black body work.
  • Only 20 to be made with prices starting at $3.3 million.

Given the immense interest generated since La Voiture Noire was revealed, it makes sense that Bugatti would be willing tweak the current Chiron model to facilitate the desires of customers who either missed out on the one-off $18.7 million model or want something similar (but a little more friendlier on the bank balance).


The Chiron Noire Élégance – Exposed gloss carbon fiber body

Externally, the Chiron Noire Élégance is closest to the original La Voiture Noire spec and is recognizable by its gloss black exposed carbon-fiber body with the signature line in solid metal. It also features a newly designed radiator grille, solid silver Bugatti “macron” emblem and the “Noire” inscription adorning the side panels and on the underside of the rear wing. Calipers are also finished in black, along with the rear-view mirror and engine cover.

Internally, the black theme carries through with only the “Inner Signature Line” – the light bearer curved in the style of the outer C-line  being made of aluminium with a silk-matt finish. The “Noire” wording appears on the door sills and on the outside of the centre console, as well as being sewn into the headrests.

Bugatti Chiron Noir Elegance
Bugatti Chiron Noir Elegance. Credit: Bugatti

The Chiron Noire Sportive – Matt black body

In contrast to the gloss appearance of the Chiron Noire Élégance, the Chiron Noire Sportive is the “blacked-out” version and features an exposed carbon fibre look with a matt black finish. Almost all of the exterior trim elements are finished in matt black, including the C-shaped Bugatti signature line, wheels, front spoiler and radiator grille, along with the four visible tailpipes of the titanium exhaust system and parts of the engine cover.

The interior is even more dominated by black than in the “Chiron Noire Élégance”. The embroidered “Noire” inscriptions on the inlays of the centre console and the headrest are all in black, as are the aluminium trim parts in the interior, the inner C-line, dashboard hardware, steering wheel and door handles.

Limited to only 20 cars (still included as part of the 500 Chiron production run), both versions of Chiron Noire will feature the same quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 as the standard Chiron and share the same 0-62mph speed of 2.4 seconds.

Prices will start at $3.3 million for the limited editions (compared to $2.9 million for the “standard” Chiron) and Chiron Sports customers will also have the option of upgrading to the “Noire” package at  a cost of $110,000.

Deliveries are expected to roll out Q2 of 2020.

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Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo

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Lamborghini presents its new concept car, the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo, at the World Finals of the 2019 FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships.
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The Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo. Credit: Lamborghini
  • Lamborghini’s latest concept car
  • Available to drive digitally on Gran Turismo Sport – PlayStation 4 Spring 2020
  • Would use the V12 hybrid powertrain from the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37
  • Designed as a single seat track car

Earlier this year Lamborghini reached for the future and launched it’s first hybrid, the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37. Now off the bones of the Sián, Lamborghini has looked even further into the future and developed it’s latest concept car, one that reveals Lamborghini’s desire to relentlessly push forward with new technologies and visions. Its official name is the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo or Lambo V12 for the short version.

Catering to Lamborghini’s young demographic and fans, the Lambo V12 concept will exist, in the short term at least, as a digital and virtual reality on the latest Gran Turismo Sport Game available on the Sony Playstation 4 from Spring 2020. However, to Lamborghini’s Centro Stile, the technologies and ideas of the Lambo V12 are hoped to live past the game and become a reality.

Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo
Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo. Credit: Lamborghini

LAMBORGHINI CENTRO STILE

Lamborghini Centro Stile was established in 2004 and carries the mission to combine the spirit of the brand with innovation to create consistently new and unexpected design solutions. The Centro Stile brings together the greatest talents in automotive design from all over the world, who work in close contact with the Technical Office to create the perfect balance between form and function.

“The Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo is created to provide the ultimate virtual car for young fans and gamers, who are ultra-enthusiastic about Lamborghini and its futuristic aspirations,” said Mitja Borkert, Head of Lamborghini Centro Stile. ”It is an opportunity for the design talent within Lamborghini to stretch its wings and visualize a car that, like every Lamborghini, is a head-turner and the best driving experience, but also mirrors Lamborghini’s push on future technologies, particularly in the arena of lightweight materials and hybridization.”

Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo rear lights
The Lambo V12 is definitely a head turner. Credit: Lamborghini

The concept car’s powerful overall design is dedicated to sophisticated aerodynamics. A large wing housing a significant Y-taillight dominates the rear. All elements are designed as high performance surfaces, integrating design and aerodynamics. The main body is disconnected from the fenders, and the hexagon-inspired theme in the side windows is inspired by the Lamborghini Marzal from 1968. The Lambo V12 Vision GT uses the typical Lamborghini Y-signature for both front lights and rear lights.

Front view of the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo
Signature Y Headlights follow on from the Lamborghini Sián. Credit: Lamborghini

Lamborghini states’ “The design builds on historic Lamborghini design DNA, expanding the potential of the design language in a very futuristic way. Focused on the single center line, the iconic silhouette of all Lamborghini models, it emphasizes a single seater layout conceived for a racing game where a passenger is not needed.”

Side view of the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo
No side doors on this beast. Credit: Lamborghini
Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo active suspension

Inside the Lambo V12 Vision GT

Visualize approaching an open cockpit on a F-14 Tomcat because this is how Lamborghini wants you to feel walking towards this car. With no doors on the Lambo V12 the driver enters the cabin like a jetfighter pilot, from the front of the car. The main driving controls are located within the steering wheel and all driver information is projected virtually in front of the driver, via holographic displays that Lamborghini anticipates will be possible within the next ten years. The Lambo V12 will also offer intelligent, context-sensitive advice from one of the factory drivers when you’re attempting to stomp down your lap times.

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Driver information is projected virtually in front of the driver. Credit: Lamborghini
Holographic displays on the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo
It’s hoped holographic displays will be available within the next 10 years. Credit: Lamborghini

Head of design, Mitja Borkert, has said that while the full scale car has been revealed at Gran Turismo World Finals, there’s still refinements to be made before the Lambo V12 is seen in the game next Spring and certainly before this hybridized V12 ever burns rubber on a real track.

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Signature Pirelli P Zero’s on the Lambo V12 Vision GT. Credit: Lamborghini

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Aston Martin’s first SUV fully revealed – Aston Martin DBX

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For the first time in Aston Martin’s 106-year history, Aston Martin has today unveiled its first SUV, the DBX, a model they hope will propel the brand to new heights.

Side view of the 2020 Aston Martin DBX SUV
The 2020 Aston Martin DBX SUV. Credit: Aston Martin
  • First SUV for 106 year-old Aston Martin
  • The fourth car of Aston Martin’s Second Century Plan
  • Retail Price from £158,000 in UK – $189,900 in USA – €193,500 in Germany
  • First deliveries scheduled to begin Q2 2020

The DBX started as virtual development back in 2015 from what could be described as a clean sheet of paper for Aston Martin. Today it was officially released and available for sale, an occasion that is sure to be creating many celebrations at Aston Martin. The DBX signals a new era in Aston Martin’s pursuit to deliver exceptional performance, style and usability in a segment previously unexplored by the British marque.

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Development of the Aston Martin DBX SUV started back in 2015. Credit: Aston Martin

What The Aston Martin Lagonda CEO Said

Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President & Group CEO, exclaims: “I can’t emphasise enough how incredibly exciting and significant DBX is for Aston Martin. Through its development alone, this beautiful SUV has already taken the company into new territories and in inspiring directions. DBX also marks a key moment in the delivery of the third and final phase of our Second Century Plan, not only representing the promised expansion of our portfolio but also signaling the start of production at Aston Martin’s second manufacturing plant. We have both delivered this model through our expertise, but also by garnering invaluable experience and knowledge from external counsel, including our Female Advisory Board. This is a real landmark for this great British brand and I promise that DBX will reward all who experience it in their everyday lives.”

Aston Martin DBX SUV
The Aston Martin DBX powered by a 4 litre turbocharged V8. Credit: Aston Martin

Turbocharged V8

Powered by a new version of the characterful 4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in DB11 and Vantage, DBX features an impressive output of 550PS and 700NM of torque, carefully tuned to meet the specific needs of this model. With a sound character that is unquestionably Aston Martin, the active exhaust system ensures this is a luxury SUV that can sound refined one moment and exhilarating the next. The engine’s versatility isn’t restricted to its vocals either; the turbocharged V8 has cylinder deactivation to enhance fuel economy, yet it can also propel DBX from 0 to 62mph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 181mph.

Transmitting this power and torque to the ground is a nine-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox, allied to an all-wheel drive system with active differentials featuring an active central differential and an electronic rear limited slip differential (eDiff). This allows the torque to be moved precisely both fore and aft in the vehicle and also across the rear axle. When combined with the bespoke steering system that has been tuned to deliver feel and sports car-like response, DBX imbues the driver with an overriding sense of control, whatever the conditions.

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Aston Martin DBX draws inspiration from Vantage. Credit: Aston Martin

DBX Exterior & Design

DBX’s exterior works as hard as the interior at bringing the elegance of Aston Martin’s sports cars into the world of the SUV. From the signature ‘DB’ grille at the front, through the sculptured sides and design feature line, to the tailgate with a flip that draws inspiration from Vantage, this is an Aston Martin from first glance to detailed inspection. Beautiful details like the hidden side glass seals on the frameless doors and glass B-pillar finishers add an elegant sleekness and confidence to the stance. Cutaway sills also assist in narrowing the stepover required to enter the sumptuous cabin, while reducing the risk of ruining a fine dress or suit on arrival to a dinner engagement.

Utilising bonded aluminium, a construction method Aston Martin has refined through the development of its sports cars, the body structure is both very light and incredibly stiff, assisting in the delivery of an overall kerb weight of 2,245kg. Right from its genesis, it was designed to allow maximum room in the cabin, putting a premium on refinement and class leading spaciousness for both front and rear occupants. Meanwhile, the exceptional stiffness inherent in the design of the new platform has also enabled DBX to achieve exceptional dynamics both on and off-road.

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Aston Martin DBX’s sports a full length glass panoramic roof. Credit: Aston Martin

DBX Interior

The luxuriously handcrafted interior of DBX has been designed to provide equal space and comfort whether sitting in the front or rear of the car. Class-leading headroom and legroom combines with a full-length glass panoramic roof and frameless door glass to offer a fantastically light and spacious cabin environment. The use of sports car seat packaging in the front not only provides the driver with exceptional support and long-distance driving comfort, but also provides knee and footwell clearance for those sitting behind.

Small touches throughout, including separate central armrests, glovebox design and the ergonomic positioning of the car’s key control systems, have been guided carefully by the input of the brand’s Female Advisory Board, dealership feedback and a variety of private focus groups held worldwide. Not limited to this area, the guidance provided has been key to the success of DBX’s overall design.

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Full grain leather seats. Credit: Aston Martin

The seats are trimmed in sumptuous, full grain leather, sourced from long term partner Bridge of Weir. An industry first, both the headlining and electric roof blind are available in a luxurious Alcantara finish, providing a harmonious design, light obscuration and solar attenuation without compromising headroom. Throughout the cabin, DBX maintains an authenticity of materials, with judicious use of metal, glass and wood throughout the cabin.

Another design highlight includes the elegantly crafted bridged centre console allowing for both flexible storage below and a beautiful, architectural centrepiece. This feature keeps valuables close to hand while not occupying the passenger seat and away from dirt on the car’s floor mats. As part of ‘Q by Aston Martin’ – Aston Martin’s personalisation service – optional features of this centre console can be machined from a solid piece of wood, such as Walnut, for added tactility.

A contemporary range of exquisite wood, composite and metal veneers ensure that the cabin can be tailored to any taste. This includes a range of innovative materials and an industry first application of a fabric made from 80% wool. A new flax composite – derived from the same plant as fine linen – also provides an alternative to carbon fibre and a distinctive design aesthetic.

Framed by these materials is an abundance of technology. A 10.25” TFT screen sits elegantly flush in the centre console, while a huge 12.3” TFT screen provides a wealth of information to the driver. Apple CarPlay comes as standard, as does a 360-degree camera system and ambient lighting that offers 64 different colours in two zones.

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DBX cabin saddle bags accessory. Credit: Aston Martin

Suspension

Adaptive triple volume air suspension has been combined with the latest 48v electric anti-roll control system (eARC) and electronic adaptive dampers to provide the new SUV with a huge breadth of ability. With its capacity to raise the ride height by 45mm or lower it by 50mm the air suspension gives any driver the confidence to tackle a wide range of terrain. While this of course provides benefits while on the move, the system can be further programmed to aid with ingress, egress and loading requirements, aiding on a practical level.

The adaptive triple chamber air springs enable variable spring stiffness, giving both luxurious comfort and dynamic prowess. Extraordinarily the eARC – capable of 1,400Nm of anti-roll force per axle – can limit DBX’s body roll for handling that is much more akin to that of a sports car than an SUV. This sophisticated system of adaptive air suspension, dampers and eARC allows for maximum ride comfort when transporting up to five occupants and their luggage, while maintaining a highly responsive and engaging dynamic capability.

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Aston Martin DBX ride height can be raised 45mm and lowered 50mm. Credit: Aston Martin

Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics were an important consideration within the design process and this included the novel experience for the team of running computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tests with a DBX towing a trailer with a DB6 on it. At the car’s front, the daytime running lights (DRLs) have an integrated aerodynamic duct, which channels air through the front wheel arches and along the side, helping to reduce both drag and lift while also cooling the brakes. Air flows cleanly over the roof, through the rear wing, over the rear window and on to the rear flip. This unique approach and design detail allows the rear screen to self-clear on the move. Aerodynamic design has also played a key part in passenger comfort because as one of only a few companies using computational aeroacoustics technology, Aston Martin’s engineers have been able to keep cabin noise to a minimum at speed.

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Great lines and curves of the Aston Martin DBX. Credit: Aston Martin

For The First 500 Owners

Further adding to the desirability of DBX, the first 500 owners of this landmark model will benefit from an exclusive ‘1913 Package’. Fitted with a unique fender badge, sill plaques and an inspection plaque detailing its limited build-run, each of these first examples will be personally endorsed and inspected by Andy Palmer. In addition, each customer will also receive a unique build-book signed by both Aston Martin’s CEO and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and an invitation to a regionally hosted Waldorf Astoria celebration cocktail party, hosted by a member of the Aston Martin Lagonda executive team.

Pricing and Delivery

Recommended Retail Price from £158,000 in the UK, €193,500 in Germany and $189,900 in USA. DBX is on sale now, with first deliveries scheduled to begin Q2 2020.

Aston Martin DBX SUV
Roof mounted ski rack, bike rack and surf board holders are just some available accessories. Credit: Aston Martin

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