Ferrari has whipped the wraps (and roof) off a brand-new Roma derivative, with the Italian marque revealing the Roma Spider, which, the Prancing Horse brand says, “Is a contemporary take on the chic, pleasure-seeking Italian lifestyle of the 1950s and ‘60s.” The firm added that the Roma Spider signifies a welcome return of a front-engined, soft-top Ferrari 54 years after the 1969 365 GTS4.

Roma Spider

Designed by Ferrari’s Styling Centre, the Roma Spider aims to move the “La Nuova Dolce Vita” concept beyond city limits for elegant, carefree, al fresco driving. For the Spider, the company modified the rear screen to incorporate it into the fabric roof.

The original body-colour band spanning the base of the roof divides the carbon-fibre active spoiler from the former item and rear screen to create a “seamlessly” integrated tonneau cover. According to Ferrari, the spoiler visually connects with the rear headrests and bench when the soft top is lowered (which takes 13.5 seconds at speeds of up to 60 km/h). The Maranello-based brand says the new material used for the soft top gives it a “sophisticated air”. “Special” fabric weaves were selected for this convertible.

Roma Spider

Of course, adopting a fabric soft-top impacts a car’s aerodynamics. To retain a low drag coefficient and “efficient” downforce, the line and curvature over the front section of the Roma Spider’s roof were subjected to “in-depth” numerical analysis. Modifying the Ferrari Roma Spider’s bodywork also required new mobile spoiler geometry; the result is downforce comparable to the coupé derivative.

As a reminder, the Roma coupé (read our review here) and the (84 kg heavier, owing to the additional torsional rigidity required when ditching a traditional roof) Spider is equipped with Ferrari’s award-winning 3.9-litre V8 engine. The twin-turbocharged petrol unit produces 456 kW and 760 Nm of torque (available from 5 750 r/min and 3 000 r/min, respectively) sent to the rear axle via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Ferrari claims these models complete the obligatory 0-100 km/h sprint in a brisk 3.4 seconds before topping out at a maximum speed of 320 km/h.