• The Man Behind the Ferrari F430 Has Some Interesting Thoughts on the Ferrari Roma

The Roma might be one of the best-looking grand tourers on the market, but it’s not a perfect 10

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Don’t get us wrong. We absolutely love what Ferrari did with the styling as far as the Roma is concerned. However, while acknowledging the Roma’s sleek lines, Frank Stephenson also argues that from his standpoint, it could have been even better.

The Best Ferrari Roma Design Breakdown You’ll Ever See

Those familiar with Frank Stephenson’s YouTube channel (a must-subscribe, by the way) know that the former McLaren, BMW, Mini, Maserati, Lancia, and Ferrari designer is very capable of explaining in simple terms why a particular car looks in a particular way.

Back in his days at Ferrari, Mr. Stephenson penned down the FXX and the F430. As you know, the latter was pretty much an evolution of the 360 Modena. A slimmer one, too, as according to Car and Driver, Stephenson believed the 360 “was always a little flabby” and “it needed to go to the gym.”

The Man Behind the Ferrari F430 Has Some Interesting Thoughts on the Ferrari Roma
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What we’re trying to say is that if there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about how Ferrari carries out its design protocols, then Frank Stephenson is your guy.

Coming back to the Roma, Mr. Stephenson starts his video by saying he likes the design overall and right after that, he clarifies why the Roma doesn’t look like an Aston Martin as some have pointed out, including Chris Harris.

From then on you’re in for a delightful watch session as the designer delves into the finer things that make the design of the Ferrari Roma stand out like it does. At the same time, he also offers a piece of his mind when it comes to what he would have done differently.

Ferrari Roma Specifications
Engine 90° turbo V8
Total displacement 3855 cc
Bore & stroke 86.5 mm x 82 mm
Maximum power 612 HP @ 5750 – 7500 rpm
Maximum torque 561 LB-FT @t 3000 – 5750 rpm
Top speed >320 km/h (199 mph)
0-100 km/h 3.4 s
0-200 km/h 9.3 s
Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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