Ferrari Roma Spider sees return of soft-top roof

Ferrari on Thursday revealed the Roma Spider as the newest convertible in its lineup.

The car takes over from the Portofino M as the Prancing Horse’s entry-level drop-top, and sees the return of a soft-top roof.

Such a solution hasn’t been used on a front-engined Ferrari since the 365 GTS/4 Daytona dating back more than half a century, a car that arguably was the inspiration behind the Roma Spider’s design.

The five-layer fabric roof takes 13.5 seconds to deploy and can be activated at speeds of up to 37 mph. By eschewing the bulkier retractable hard-top used on the Portofino M, Ferrari said it was able to deliver more trunk space with the roof folded. When raised, there’s roughly nine cubic feet of storage. A hatch between the rear seats allows for longer items to be stored.