The Alfa Romeo stand at
the Geneva Motor Show is headlined by the
launch of the glamorous new 8C Spider, a car
which according to Alfa Romeo CEO Luca de
Meo (top) “is probably the world’s most
beautiful Spider in production today.”
The Alfa Romeo stand at the Geneva
Motor Show is headlined by the launch of the glamorous
new 8C Spider, a car which according to Alfa Romeo CEO
Luca de Meo “is probably the world’s most beautiful
Spider in production today.” The 8C Spider is a living
symbol of the legendary Alfa Romeo brand.
Like its sister coupe model, the 8C
Spider will be produced in a limited edition of 500
examples. The reservation books for this stunning 2-seater
cabriolet were officially opened just days prior to the
Geneva show for Alfa Romeo customers. The 8C Spider costs
€175.000 excluding taxes. The example on display at the
Geneva Motor Show is resplendent in Bianco Fuji, a colour
borrowed from the Maserati portfolio.
Like the 8C Competizione, the Spider’s
stunning carbon-fibre bodywork will be produced at ATR
Group. It will than be mated to the steel chassis which is
made by ITCA Produzione in Grugliasco, nearby the Fiat
headquarters in Turin. Final assembly of the 8C Spider will
take place at the Maserati factory in Modena.
The design of the 8C Spider is the result
of the latest fluid-dynamic and real-time aerodynamic tests.
As a result, the air flow around the car is unhampered by
irregularities on the bodywork design, causing negative lift
which contributes to stability at high-speed.
The electro-hydraulic retractable
soft-top is activated by a switch on the dashboard, and is
made from two layers. An external multi-thread layer ensures
excellent all-weather protection, whereas a sound-proofing
interior section adds to comfort. The soft-top is also
available in different colours. Inside the 8C Spider
continues the theme of the 8C Competizione, with a
single-piece carbon fibre dashboard, aluminium switchgear
and anatomical carbon fibre seats.
Performance from the all-aluminium 4691
cm3 90° V8 is lively. Maximum power of 450bhp is reached at
7000rpm, with maximum torque of 470Nm at 4750rpm. Top speed
lies in excess of 290 km/h and 0-100 km/h acceleration takes
only 4.4 seconds. All of this power is kept in check by
Brembo (CCM) carbon ceramic brakes, measuring 380mm and the
front and 360mm at the rear.
Like the sister 8C Competizione, the 8C
Spider will represent one of the first Alfa Romeos of recent
times to also be delivered officially to the USA. The 8C
programme also spearheads the launch of the new compact
B-segment Alfa, which will share similar styling cues when
it is revealed later this year.
glorious heritage of the Alfa 8C Spider and its many
historical design references, Alfa Romeo is presenting an
example of the Alfa 33 Stradale on the stand, the
four-decade-old sportscar superbly displayed in a darkened
recess which features a huge angled glass roof section that
allows the visitor to perfectly absorb the race-derived
car's slippery and flowing shape. Also on the stand,
positioned on the raised dais next to its sister 8C Spider,
is an 8C Competizione, which is finished in black.