The Alfa Romeo
8C Competizione is heading for production and the project's
inside information is starting to pour out now, with ANSA
yesterday quoting Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne as confirming a
500-unit build run for the sportscar was impending, split
50-50 between Coupé and Spider versions.
Influential Italian news agency ANSA reported
Marchionne's comments made to Automobilismo magazine
in their latest issue, which is just hitting the news
stands. "It (8C Competizione) will have mechanicals derived
from Maserati with a 4.2-litre V8 engine, around 400 bhp and
rear wheel drive," Marchionne told the Italian magazine.
"Only 500 units will be produced, 250 of the coupé and 250
of the spider. They will be priced between 120,000 and
140,000 euros," he added.
Ever since this
breathtaking concept sportscar stunned the packed crowds on
the occasion of its unveiling at the Frankfurt IAA back in
2003 there has been a real will there to see it put into
limited production. A fascinating blend of retro and the
future, it was designed totally in-house by Centro Stile
Alfa Romeo, a calling card that really put them on the style
map. The name '8C Competizione' harks back to a golden era
when Alfa Romeo was the automotive brand name to aspire to -
and this new car will put the historic Milanese brand
straight back into this category. Six months later at the
Geneva Salon in 2004 the 8C Competizione's doors were flung
open for the first time to reveal a genuine sportscar
cockpit, designed in the true traditions of the brand to be
functional and driver-friendly.
However, with other important projects taking priority at
Alfa Romeo, most notably getting the new Alfa 159, 159
Sportwagon, Brera and Spider into the showrooms across
Europe, the 8C Competizione project went on the backburner.
The Alfa Romeo 8C Spider concept offered a new
dimension to the 8C theme and was every bit as
stunning, aggressive and at the same time as
elegant, as its coupé sister.
The 8C Spider, a convertible version which
reportedly got underway immediately after the
coupé's Frankfurt launch back in 2003, was brought
out in public for the first time at Pebble Beach
last autumn to celebrate the fact that Alfa Romeo
was the featured brand at the prestigious Concours
The 8C Spider, a convertible version which reportedly got
underway immediately after the coupe's Frankfurt launch back
in 2003, was brought out in public for the first time at
Pebble Beach last autumn to celebrate the fact that Alfa
Romeo was the featured brand at the prestigious Californian
Concours d'Elegance. The 8C Spider offered a totally new
dimension to the 8C project and was every bit as stunning,
aggressive and at the same time as elegant, as its coupé
The first signs
though that the 8C Competizione was back on the production
agenda came in unguarded comments by new Alfa Romeo brand
CEO Antonio Baravalle, which he made during last month's
Geneva Motor Show to motoring journalist John Simister, and
which were quickly reported by the 4Car website.
"It is my dream to do it," 4Car quoted Baravalle as
saying at the Swiss motor show. "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." Exact details
still remain scarce, but the news that Alfisti craved
is now fact: the glorious 8C Competizione is gearing up for
a production run.