The Portofino M’s successor, the 2024 Roma Spider, is the result of Ferrari removing the roof from the gorgeous Roma coupe.

Ferrari altered the rear spoiler, installed a wind deflector, and stiffened the chassis and bodywork, but the styling stays mostly unchanged.

The turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 in the Roma Spider still generates 612 horsepower.

Since the 1969 365GTS/4, a front-engined Ferrari will wear a cloth top for the first time. Today, Ferrari unveiled the Roma Spider, a convertible version of its beautiful V-8-powered coupe with a retractable roof. According to our friends over at Road and Track, the Roma Spider replaces the Portofino M in Ferrari’s range.


Fortunately, Ferrari left the look of the Roma Spider largely unaltered, with the tall hood and elegant contours of its coupe sibling. Special multi-layer fabric weaves are used to make the soft top, which can be deployed in 13.5 seconds at a maximum speed of 37 mph. The active rear spoiler has been modified and retuned for driving without a roof, with three levels that enhance downforce as the vehicle’s speed increases. In addition to reinforcing the rear structure, Ferrari states that the Roma Spider weighs only 185 pounds more than the coupe.

The inside has the same stylish appearance of the original Roma, with an 8.4-inch vertical screen and a metal gear selector plate surrounded by supple leather and faux-suede. According to Ferrari, the steering wheel buttons have been redesigned to be easier to use, and the start button now illuminates red. With the top down, Ferrari reduced wind noise and turbulence by adding a 5-mm aerodynamic piece to the top of the windscreen and a wind deflector that pops up by moving the rear seat backrest at the touch of a button. This cannot be opened with rear passengers seated, although considering the tight quarters in the back of the Roma, we don’t anticipate this being an issue very often.

The core of the Alfa Romeo Roma Spider remains untouched, with the turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 still delivering 612 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The latest version of the Slide Slip Control system, which handles traction and stability control and enables predictable drifts, comes standard on the Roma Spider, as do modest modifications to the transmission that enhance fuel economy.

Despite its tremendous power, the Alfa Romeo Roma Spider is more of a cruiser than a track weapon. It comes standard with comforts such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 18-way power-adjustable heated seats, and the option to add a neck warmer for use in colder areas.

We believe that the base price of the Spider will be approximately $280,000, compared to the coupe’s base price of $247,310. Ferrari did not say when the Roma Spider will go on sale, but we anticipate that it will begin giving top-down thrills by year’s end.

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Caleb Miller began blogging about automobiles at the age of 13, and after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University and joining the Car and Driver staff, he accomplished his dream of writing for a car magazine. He aspires to one day buy a weird automobile such as a Nissan S-Cargo, and is a passionate racing enthusiast.