Ferrari’s Roma is a throwback to Rome in the 1950s
Plus, Maclaren's fastest open-air car, and a tweed roof for your Bentley convertible
Ferrari Roma a throwback to 1950s Rome
It may be Ferrari's newest coupe, but the Roma has more than a hint of Aston Martin Vantage in its styling. Said to represent the carefree lifestyle of Rome in the 1950s and 1960s, the Roma shares the same platform as the entry-level Portofino.
With a front-mounted turbocharged 3,855cc V8 mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the 620hp 2+2 goes from standstill to 100kmh in 3.4 seconds. If this is not impressive enough, its styling might convince James Bond to defect.
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Elva: McLaren's fastest open-air car
This is the fastest open-air car McLaren has made - the roof-less Elva roadster. The two-seater is the lightest road car from McLaren, thanks to an extensive use of carbon fibre and perhaps to it not having a roof or a windscreen. It is powered by a biturbo V8 which makes 815hp. Zero to hundred is completed in less than 3 seconds and 0-200kmh in 6.7 seconds (quicker than the McLaren Senna). Just 399 examples of the Elva will be made.
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Zeda the last of Maserati Granturismo
Maserati has created the GranTurismo Zeda to mark the GranTurismo's end of production. The specially designed car is for display only and will embark on a world tour. The next GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be the first Maserati models to adopt 100 per cent electric solutions.
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Bentley Continental GT gets tweed roof
Bentley is offering tweed as a roof material for its Continental GT Convertible. The old-world woollen fabric might add warmth on a cold winter day, but one wonders how stain-proof it is to bird droppings.