enthusiasts' across the globe are tearing their hearts out
over the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, as to whether or not
the beautiful coupé will remain as a concept car or enter
limited series production.
Amongst the widespread and contradicting rumours, various
well reputed automotive magazines have further confused this
sensitive matter by claiming that formal decisions have
already been taken, and that the project will not evolve
further into the production phase.
Behind this cloud of opacity, however, Alfa Romeo have still
been collecting deposits from prospective buyers, in an
attempt to gauge whether or not the interest is high enough
to justify a limited series production run.
potential customers have also made trips to Alfa Romeo in
Italy to inspect the production ready car in all its full
beauty, as photographs, no matter how impressive, simply do
not do this stunning car, a star at virtually all the
world's most important motor shows over the last year,
To date however, the amount of interest, while building
steadily, has not reached the
desired level, although a final decision is still a couple
of months off. However, the feeling is there that this
car might just actually happen, with new Alfa Romeo boss
Karl-Heinz Kalbfell reportedly impressed by this evocative
Tentatively, a very limited production run will be scheduled
to commence in the spring of 2006. With these signs
prevalent, there is thus still a small hope for the
beautiful 8C, a car unique in its class when it comes to
styling and sheer passion.
The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is a true tribute to the
brand's long standing involvement in motor sports, and is
named after the 8 cylinder road and race cars from the
1930’s and 40’s, and the 6C 2500 Competizione, as driven by
racing legends Fangio and Zanardi in the 1950 Mille Miglia.
The brilliant stylists at Centro Stile have succeeded in revisiting the
brand’s stylistic cues with a modern touch, using classical
references, whilst creating a modern and timeless
Careful detailing, inspired from the historic road going Alfa
Romeo Tipo 33, and Giulia TZ models can easily be traced
back, complemented with design touches that have a
evolutionary significance, such as the ‘whiskers’ and
shield, which as on the original Alfa Romeo racing cars, are
aligned at the very much the same level.
Stylists at Centro Stile have succeeded in
revisiting the brand’s stylistic cues with a modern
touch, using classical references, whilst creating a
modern and timeless design
Alfa Romeo enthusiasts across the globe are tearing
their hearts out over the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione,
as to whether or not the beautiful coupé will remain
as a concept car or enter limited series production
The technology is no less stunning as is its engineering
beauty and hereditary connotation, with a Maserati sourced
4.2 litre V8 under the sweeping bonnet, fed by a volumetric
compressor. With an impressive 400bhp reached at 7,000 rpm,
the 8C Competizione is capable of blasting to 300 km/h, and
accelerating from 0-100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.
Regular and progressive torque is ensured at all times by
the volumetric compressor, rendering the 8C Competizione a
pleasure to drive on regular roads just as much as on a
demanding race track.
Supreme road holding is catered for by double wishbone
suspension at the front and rear, while a rear transaxle
balances the weight distribution favorably.
With a carbon fibre structure and body panels, the car is
extremely lightweight and agile, aided by immense grip from
the wide tyres (245/40 R20 front, and 275/30 R20 rear),
which also visually accentuate the strength and
individuality of the design. Rear-wheel drive further
enhances the driving pleasure delivered by this model,
providing an accurate and involving experience.
The interior of the 8C, with its pure 'sportscar' cockpit,
has been carefully designed with the same logic as the
exterior, with certain forms having been designed to create
a consonance in harmony between the two areas.
An example are the rear wings, which emphasize the large
wheels by creating a muscular contraction in the bodywork,
while, internally, a corrugation in the smooth surface of
the facia around the two round instruments produces an