The Alfa Romeo
8c Competizione concept sportscar is destined for a 500-unit
build run, with the production-ready car scheduled to appear
at the Paris Motor Show in September reports respected
motoring website 4Car, quoting comments attributed to
Alfa Romeo CEO Antonio Baravalle made in Geneva last week.
Ever since the stunning Maserati 4.2-litre V8-engined 8c
Competizione concept first appeared to widespread public and
media praise at the 2003 Frankfurt IAA the saga of 'will
they or won't they' build it has raged, with deposits
initially being taken from customers and then returned. The
4Car report is the latest twist in this long running
The Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione will be built - report
Remember the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione concept car? The
V8-powered, carbonfibre-bodied, front-engined supercar
everyone said Alfa should build? Now, over two years since
the concept was revealed at the 2003 Frankfurt show, it
really could happen writes John Simister for 4Car.
'It is my dream to do it,' said Alfa's recently-arrived CEO,
Antonio Baravalle. 'We have cut the budget for our
advertising campaign and will do the 8C instead, because it
is a perfect way to promote the Alfa brand. Sergio
Marchionne says if the figures add up, do it.' The plan is
to have a production-standard 8C ready for the Paris show at
the end of September, and to take orders for a 500-car
production run then.It will be a coupé, like the concept
car, but another of Baravalle's 'dreams' is to make a Spider
is my dream to do it,' 4Car reports Alfa's
recently-arrived CEO, Antonio Baravalle as saying.
'We have cut the budget for our advertising campaign
and will do the 8C instead, because it is a perfect
way to promote the Alfa brand. Sergio Marchionne
says if the figures add up, do it.'
The Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione concept sportscar is
destined for a 500-unit build run, with a
production-ready car scheduled to appear at the
Paris Motor Show in September reports respected
motoring website 4Car.
Final details of the construction are still to be worked
out, but it will most likely be a carbonfibre body over a
spaceframe chassis, like the concept. The engine will be
based on the block used by the current Ferrari and Maserati
V8s, and the end result will be 'more like Ferrari than
Maserati' according to Baravalle. That means a flat-plane
crankshaft and engine which screams instead of throbs.
Target power is 440bhp, target price is as yet undisclosed.
Antonio Baravalle also revealed that Alfa Romeo will decide
within the next month on the underpinnings for the
forthcoming Alfa 149. The style has already been through
customer clinics, but the engineering choice is between a
modified version of the next Fiat Stilo/Lancia Delta
platform or a shortened Alfa 159 base. Baravalle prefers the
second option, because it would make for a 'purer' Alfa, but
it depends on costs.
A replacement for the Alfa 166, to be called 169, is also
under consideration. It will be a joint venture with Alfa
affiliate Maserati because, says Baravalle, the Modena
company 'needs a car this size'. It will have a V6 engine,
mounted longitudinally to give rear-wheel drive or
four-wheel drive. If it goes ahead, the 166 will be the
first rear-wheel drive Alfa for well over a decade.
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