Paul Bracq: "Ferrari's Roma is not as elegant as an Aston Martin" – Le Figaro

INTERVIEW – The French car designer gives his expert opinion on Ferrari’s latest grand touring coupe.

- Paul Bracq: "Ferrari's Roma is not as elegant as an Aston Martin" - Le Figaro
Part of the GT family, the Roma is unlike any model in Ferrari's current lineup. Ferrari

Almost 87 years old, this defender of bodywork elegance and the American Streamline trend of the 1930s has lost none of his verve and enthusiasm. Started at the Mercedes design office in the 1960s and marked by the realization of the Pagoda, his career led him to BMW where he directed the design studio between 1970 and 1974 and laid the foundations for a style that has long since made school. He then directed Peugeot's interior styling until 1996. We asked him to take a look at Maranello's latest creation.

LE FIGARO. – What do you think of the silhouette of Roma?

Paul BRACQ. – Ferrari is returning to a certain form of classicism and that’s all the better. The rear, in the berlinetta tradition of the 1960s, is very successful. The front calls for more reservations. The fenders are too heavy and the headlights too aggressive due to the cutting of the sheet metal. BMW and Mercedes have the same problem right now docking the headlights to the grille. He … not

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