Ferrari's design like other that of similar carmakers has evolved greatly over the last 70 years from the classic lines of the 250 GTO to the wedge-shaped 365 GT4 2+2, the bold 80s design of the Testarossa, and back to softer lines of models like the 456 and 430.
You might argue that some finer aesthetics to emerge from Maranello were present on the grand tourer class, where sophistication meets performance and results in cars like the beautiful 250 GT Berlinetta SWB.
Fast-forward and today Ferrari design has hit a new high with the Roma – a sleek and elegant coupe for crossing continents in comfort and at speed.
Although it’s a GT car, the Roma is hiding a supercar under the hood and body panels, and it is quick; with 3.4 seconds to 60 mph provided by a 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 alongside an 8-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission.
For the ultimate track racer, you can buy the F8 Tributo; but if you prefer the Roma and want more performance and some exterior modifications to show off your style, then Mansory has a product just for you.
The Mansory Ferrari Roma Is Bold And Fast And Perfect For Every Day Of The Week
As standard, the Ferrari Roma produces 612 hp from its turbocharged engine mounted under the front hood, but the first thing Mansory decided to do was increase that to 710 hp.
Torque is higher at 640 ft-lb from 560 ft-lb before and the dash to 60 mph now takes 3.1 seconds, the upgrade looks to be achieved principally with customized engine software.
As you can see from the photos, the car’s exterior is adorned with many bits of carbon fiber trim, including a rear diffuser and a rear wing which is subtler than expected – one of the finer pieces of the design.
Upfront, there's a modified bumper and splitter and the hood is carbon too with the same red and black color contrast that continues over the car.
Ferrari’s initial design is still there, but the car looks much more like a race car and loses a lot of the elegance present in the standard car, including the clean lines and hole-punched grill which worked so well before.
Mansory’s Ferrari Roma Is A Complete Re-Think Of A Classic Design
Inside, red and black leather can be fitted and there is now a Mansory badge on the steering wheel, customized pedals, door sill plates and more are all available to change the car from just a regular Roma to something some people will view as more special.
It's not the first time a tuner has taken apart a modern Ferrari and Mansory have also released other Ferrari upgrade packs before.
There was the Portofino – on which the Roma is based – the 458, 488, and many more, meaning this is another in a growing portfolio of modified Ferraris offered by the German tuning company and so these products are popular with a sizable amount of Ferrari owners.
Here the intention is to retain some original design but make extensive changes with a view to making the car look and perform differently from the previous one.
Mansory Have Created More Outlandish Designs Before
Mansory doesn’t have prices published for the Roma on their website, but we quickly found a few Mansory Ferrari products for sale online – including an $800,000 Mansory Ferrari 488 with around 2000 miles on the odometer.
With the Ferrari Roma starting at around $220,000, the price of the Mansory conversion looks to be expensive, but if you have the cash to buy and run a new Ferrari you probably won’t be minding the extra outlay.
For the ultimate in speed and ostentation, you might enjoy the F8XX by Mansory – a Ferrari F8 with a garish bright green paint job, huge yellow model lettering on the side, big gold wheels, and a whole box of carbon parts added to the supercar in different places.
You do get performance as standard with that design choice though: 880 hp and 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds, not as fast as a Model S plaid, but almost there.
You Could Try A Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 As An Alternative
The Ferrari Roma succeeds in its brief as an elegant grand tourer with an exciting modern supercar powertrain, but the Mansory upgrade takes the car into new territory where subtle style and luxury are placed aside in favor of aggressive details and bold statements.
Arguably, the Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 RS MR is one of another tuning outfit's more recognizable products due to its exposure in the press and the fact that it is one of the fastest cars to have gone around the Nürburgring.
If it’s a tuned car from a premium manufacturer you need, this might actually have more substance at the cost of less prestige, with a combination of brakes and aerodynamics upgrades it lapped the German circuit in 6 minutes and 54 seconds.
Whether you’re a fan of the Mansory Roma or not, it does look striking; and we’d rather have a Roma with carbon parts than no Roma at all.