Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show next month
will be the production version of the Alfa
8C Spider which just like the Alfa 8C
Competizione will be produced in a limited
edition run of 500 units.
Elaborated by the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo,
the new car re-affirms the brand's
excellence in this sector, as shown by some
Spider's being regarded among the most
beautiful cars in global automotive history.
The Alfa 8C Spider “declares itself Alfa”
all the way, confirming control and driving
pleasure with no compromises.
Geneva showroom is the captivating Alfa 8C Spider. Like the
Alfa 8C Competizione, the Gran Turismo which received
resounding global praise; the new “discovery” will be
produced in a limited edition run of 500.
the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, the new car re-affirms the
brand's excellence in this sector, as shown by some Spider's
being regarded among the most beautiful cars in global
automotive history. Cars such as the Giulietta Spider from
the 50's or the legendary Duetto made famous by “The
Graduate” from 1967 with a young Dustin Hoffman. Today, it's
the Alfa 8C Spider's turn to take centre stage and project
into the future the values of technology and emotion which
belong to the Alfa Romeo legacy.
new vehicle inherits all the winning features of the Coupé
version. Starting with the two “sport seats” setup and the
fascinating exterior lines, which characterized by sculpted
and finely designed bodywork, “dress” the automotive and
mechanical excellence of the model.
In detail, the
marked dynamics of the vehicle are highlighted by the
horizontal groove “built” into the bonnet at wheel level.
The oversize wheels and powerful “muscles” of the rear
mudguard accentuate the personality and force of the model,
without diminishing the elegance of those fluid lines.
Instead they highlight the formal beauty of the singular
external features: the “teardrop” fog lights set like a
precious jewel in the front mudguard, the front Led lights,
a synthesis of technology and rationality, and the essential
the front we can find the characteristic Alfa Romeo stylings,
with a new interpretation of the “whiskers” and shield.
Without forgetting, that this innovative range anticipates
the elements and proportions of the future Alfa Romeo cars,
always with complete respect for the historical legacy of
underlining that to reach these top levels of aero-dynamic
efficiency, solutions which don't limit themselves to the
design of the form have been adopted on the Alfa 8C Spider.
All the surfaces and profiles of the uprights and windows,
together with the form and positioning of the rear-view
mirrors, have been optimized using computer models and tests
in wind tunnels and real-life environments. As a result, air
flows round the vehicle following it's natural path,
unhampered by corners and irregularities. The end result is
a negative LC (lift coefficient) which like competition
vehicles, contributes to stability at high speeds.
peculiarity of this vehicle, is the hooded top fitted with
electro-hydraulic automatic control (controllable via a
button on the dashboard). The hooded top of the Alfa 8C
Spider is composed of two overlapping sheets: the external
one is made with a multi-thread textile which can withstand
the elements, whilst the interior has high sound-proofing
qualities. Furthermore, the hooded roof-top, available in
various colours, has been perfected aesthetically,
aerodynamically and for acoustic comfort. It has also been
perfected from a functional point of view, with specially
developed film-reels to render more agile, rapid and secure
any explanations of the functioning.
In the interior,
the Alfa 8C Spider guarantees a sophisticated environment,
thanks to the vast use of composite materials in the
dashboard and internal panels, as well as the use of
anatomical seats, produced in carbon fibres, that can be
adjusted according to the physical characteristics of the
driver (up to now, a feature only available to racing cars).
Furthermore, for maximum possible personalization of the
interior, the client can chose between different
environments and aesthetic solutions. All distinguishable by
the particular attention to detail and artisan workmanship:
from the contrasting stitches, colour tone and exclusive
matchings. The bucket seats are upholstered in Frau flower
leather (an exclusive and innovative treatment of the weave,
in which the leather is bound to a natural fibre, creating a
look of great visual impact).
fashion to the interior, the same care has been taken in
realizing the exteriors: from the alloy wheels to the brake
calipers, every detail can be chosen to your particular
design, because every Alfa 8C Spider can only look similar
to itself. An unmistakable car made to measure for the
owner's personality. The unique and un-repeatable Alfa 8C
Spider announces the pleasure of a sporty drive with full
respect for the brand's legacy.
Like in the best
Alfa Romeo tradition, hidden under this pretty “dress” is
the best of what's available in the field of mechanics and
propulsions. Firstly, the Alfa 8C Spider has a rigid and
light structure (the compact frame is made in steel for
maximum torsion to guarantee a drive which is always precise
and sure, whilst the body is in carbon fibre). We are
dealing with a choice motivated by the need to reduce as
much as possible the weight but also to optimize the centre
of gravity for agility and drive-ability in the more
Still under the
banner of sophisticated technology, the Alfa 8C Spider
adopts the new “8 cylinder mated to a 5-speed gearbox with
90°” and a capacity of 4691 cm3 which has been designed with
one specific aim: guarantee extraordinary performances
without relinquishing the fluidity of the gearshift or the
ease of use in any driving context. Like so, a powerful and
progressive propulsion is born with a top power of 450 CV at
7.000 rpm and a maximum torque of 7.500 rpm. This engine has
been mated to a self-shifting 6-speed gearshift (with
computerized selection of the gears via levers behind the
steering-wheel), and a self-blocking differential unit.
As in the
legendary Formula 1 vehicles from the 50's, the Alfa 8C
Spider sports the Transaxle design which guarantees the best
equilibrium in the portioning of weight. The propulsion is
placed in the rear whilst the gearshift is placed behind
along the differential and hydraulic motor unit. The
Transaxle design foresees a tight connection between motor
and gearshift, which is fitted with a self-blocking
differential. The two groups are linked by a tubular
element, at the interior of which rotates the transmission
driving shaft: in this manner the load is distributed in an
optimal manner between the front and rear suspension.
So much power
can only be entrusted to an excellent braking system: the
Alfa 8C Spider is fitted with carbo-ceramic Brembo (CCM),
380 mm in diameter on the front-wheels and 360 mm on the
back-wheels. This solution guarantees a powerful brake
action even in the most intense uses. The marked reduction
in weight, in comparison to a traditional set-up, reduces
the masses unsupported by the vehicle and so improves the
dynamic performance and driving comfort. Furthermore, the
mono-block calipers guarantee maximum rigidity and minimal
deformation, given the high loads generated by the pressure
of the pistons on the brake-linings.
Alfa 8C Spider “declares itself Alfa” all the way,
confirming control and driving pleasure with no compromises.
Since always, gear comfort and dynamic performance are
qualities specific to Alfa Romeo cars: in this case they
have become veritable strong points. Thanks to for example,
the suspensions which foresee a high wishbone suspension
with brackets and uprights in forged aluminium, that act as
a supplementary strut for alignment control.
also to the brilliant road control are specially developed
20” tyres to insure excellent performance, the tyres have a:
245/35 front-suspension and a rear-suspension of 285/35.
Fitted on perforated rims in fluid moulded aluminium to
ensure lightness and maximum brake ventilation efficiency.
Lastly, the Alfa 8C Spider uses an evolved VDC Alfa Romeo
traction and stability system, which ensures the driver
feels at one with his car.