The gorgeous new
Alfa 8C Competizione made its Italian public debut on the
occasion of the 31st Bologna Motor Show on Tuesday, the
show-stopping sports car at the centre of attention as CEO
Antonio Baravalle introduced the brand. Unveiled at the
Paris Mondial de l'Automobile just over two months ago, the
production Alfa 8C Competizione is a source of personal
pride to the enthusiastic Baravalle who reportedly found the
cash to finally turn it from being just a concept dream and
bring it to the market, from cost-savings squeezed out
Since Paris the
Alfa 8C Competizione has embarked on a whirlwind tour of
national motor shows, being unveiled in locations as diverse
as in Istanbul and Sydney. Once again this week the glass
'box' arrangement used at the French show is in evidence,
emphasising the sports car's exclusive and precious nature.
With its full production run, assembly is scheduled to take
place at the Maserati factory in Modena, having been sold
out swiftly after the order book opened in Paris, rumours
now suggest that a 500-unit build of the equally-stunning 8C
Spider derivative could well be on the cards for 2008. In
fact Baravalle said in his speech that more than 1,000
orders had been taken for the 8C Competizione, as well as
announcing a race track future beckoned for the car. Dallara
are expected to be the development force behind its racing
future which will see a racing version competing in the Le
Mans 24 Hours, Daytona 24 Hours and Nürburgring 24 Hours.
While the 8C Competizione is the undoubted the top
attraction on a spacious stand which makes full use of
traditional Alfa red, the rest of the "new breed" model
range, all based on the Premium platform, easily catch the
eye: the Alfa 159, 159 Sportwagon, Brera and Spider are all
presented across the stand, including with automatic and 'Q-tronic'
Introduced at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile just
over two months ago, the production Alfa 8C
Competizione is a source of personal pride to the
enthusiastic Antonio Baravalle.
The gorgeous new Alfa 8C
Competizione made its Italian public debut on the
occasion of the 31st Bologna Motor Show on Tuesday,
the show-stopping car at the centre of attention as CEO Antonio
Baravalle introduced the brand.
A very busy year for Alfa Romeo in their
strategically-important home market, with their sales nicely
up year-on-year, is being driven by growing market demand
for this quartet of models.
The revised versions of the Alfa 147 and GT Coupé in "Q2"
format are also making their Italian debuts. Also shown in
Paris for the first time in September, they became available
for ordering a couple of weeks ago, and despite their
limited visual makeovers the two cars revitalise their
respective model ranges.
Both the 147 Q2 and the GT Q2, fitted with the 'Collezione'
and 'Blackline' trim packs here, are being presented in
several attention grabbing colours, and with the subtle use
of new external chrome trims that identify the
2007-specification models. On the 147 the new chrome grille
'whiskers' serve to recapture the style of the original 147
model, a distinctiveness that was somewhat lost when the
facelift version arrived two years ago. The new changes
carefully address this issue.
Under the skin both the new 147 and GT get the brand new
"Q2" self-locking differential system, designed for the
front wheel drive JTD powered cars.
"It enhances all the strong points of front wheel drive in
terms of active safety, increasing the entertainment and
sense of control," say Alfa Romeo, adding: "The innovative
system guarantees advantages that are typical of a
front-wheel drive, but with a decidedly lower weight and
by Edd Ellison in Bologna