Rare rides a 2008 alfa romeo 8c competizione, exquisitely italian

Rare Rides: A 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione — Exquisitely Italian

Rare rides a 2008 alfa romeo 8c competizione, exquisitely italian

Rare Rides has featured many an Alfa Romeo in past editions, but none as new as today s 8C. With its very striking design, a limited manufacturing run, and a very high price when new, the low-slung coupe was instantly rare. A daring coupe from a small Italian manufacturer.

Alfa Romeo was fairly consistent in fielding a coupe from the early 1950s through the 2000s. Much less consistent was the company s development of a dedicated sports car offering. Often going dormant in that market space for a decade or more, the nearest predecessor to today s 8C is the RZ. That rectangular roadster was the later run of the SZ coupe featured here previously. And it exited production after 1 994.

Nine years later, Alfa Romeo was ready to hint at its next sports car, when it debuted a concept at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. The (nearly production-ready) concept was designed in-house at Alfa Romeo by German-born designer Wolfgang Egger. The 8C s design was meant to hearken back to the exciting sporting Alfas of the Fifties and Sixties, and even its name pegged it as direct successor to the exciting 6C that competed at Mille Miglia.

Enough interest was generated at the Frankfurt show that Alfa Romeo decided to proceed with production, making the official announcement in 2006. Changes from the concept to the production 8C were very few, and included slightly different lamps, different wheels, and a hood which hinged from the rear instead of the front. 1,400 people put in their orders for a new 8C, and production started in 2007.

The slinky body of the 8C was made of carbon fiber, attached to a steel chassis. Lighter construction methods kept weight down to 3,494 pounds. Cars were finalized by Maserati in Modena. Though the 8C rode on a unique platform, it did share many parts with the Maserati GranTurismo. The engine itself was a collaborative design from Maserati and Ferrari — a 4.7-liter V8 built at Ferrari. Power on offer was a considerable 444 horses and 354 lb-ft of torque. The transmission, which had six speeds, was an automated manual that could be operated in two different manual modes and three automatic ones. 62 miles per hour arrived in 4.2 seconds, and top speed was officially reported at 181 mph.

Alfa Romeo never planned to fulfill all the orders it received for the 8C, limiting its coupe production to 500. Buyers forked over $ 265,000 for the privilege of owning one. A Spider version of the 8C arrived in 2008 and matched the coupe s production figure of 500. It upped the ante on price, to $ 299,000. By the conclusion of production in 2010 a thousand 8Cs existed.

Today s Rare Ride is the most commonly selected color: Alfa Red. One of the 90 cars delivered to the U.S. market, it s covered just 2,862 miles in the past 12 years. Complete with its branded luggage, this 8C will set you back $ 319,900.

Alfa Romeo тестує «заряджений» варіант 8C Competizione

4,691cc DOHC 32-Valve V8 Engine

Electronic Fuel Injection

450bhp at 7,000rpm

6-Speed ​​Paddle-Shift Semi-Automatic Transaxle

4-Wheel Independent Suspension

4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes

* One of just two US examples finished in striking Pearl Yellow

* Extremely well-preserved with less than 4,200 miles from new

* Meticulously serviced and maintained with just a few owners from new

* A powerful and elegant Alfa Romeo, much like the pre-war 8C


First seen in ‘concept car’ form at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2003 the Alfa Romeo 8C revived a famous name from the Italian company’s illustrious past when it entered production in 2006. The original 8C (eight-cylinder) Alfa engine had been designed in тисячі дев’ятсот тридцять один by the legendary Vittorio Jano and was used to power Alfa Romeo’s most prestigious road models, as well as its sports-racing and Grand Prix cars, until the decade’s end. Styled by Wolfgang Egger, the modern-day 8C was received with universal acclaim, its gorgeous looks recalling those of Carrozzeria Touring’s aerodynamic Alfa sports-racers of the late 1930s, while from the side there was more than a hint of Zagato’s original Giulia TZ.

Within a couple of weeks, orders had been received for well over 1,000 cars, despite a staggering price tag. Alfa though, was stuck by the decision to build only 500 examples of the 8C Coupe but later changed its collective mind and made a further 500 Spiders.

The genesis of the 8C Competizione graphically illustrates the close links between Italy’s premier marques: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati, all of whom are owned by FIAT. Designed at Alfa Centro Stile in Arese, the 8C used a development of the Maserati Quattroporte double-wishbone suspension (albeit on a shorter-wheelbase chassis) and is powered by a Ferrari-built V8 engine, with final assembly taking place at the Maserati factory in Modena. An enlarged version of that found in the Maserati Quattroporte and GranTurismo, the 4.7-litre V8 produces 450bhp at 7,000rpm and drives via a six-speed, semi-automatic, paddle shift gearbox, which is located immediately ahead of the rear axle in the interests of mass centralization. The main chassis and its engine / gearbox / suspension sub-frames are steel, with carbon fiber used for the passenger cell and external body panels.

No one buys an Alfa Romeo, and certainly not one as special as the 8C Competizione, without being interested in its performance potential. Alfa claimed a 0-100km / h (0-62mph) time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of around 290km / h (181mph) despite the fact that an 8C had reached 186mph during testing. It is hard to imagine that any of the fortunate 500 customers was at all dissatisfied.


Of the 500 strictly limited Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Coupe examples produced, only 84 U.S.-specification cars were made available through select Ferrari and Maserati dealers, all of which got snapped up as soon as the car was announced, and hence, the 8C Competizione quickly became an «Instant Collectible.» This 2008 8C Competizione Coupe is one of just two North American cars delivered in the striking shade of Pearl Yellow and is one of just ten produced worldwide. It is exceptionally well-documented, with just a few owners and less than 4,200 miles from new. It is recently out of the care of a meticulous owner who assembled an extraordinarily detailed record of the car’s history, which includes service history and factory build documents. The window sticker shows it was well equipped from new with desirable features including the Bose premium sound system, yellow brake calipers, full carbon kit, sports package, special metallic paint, black woven leather, 8C stitching and leather headlining.

Thanks to years of meticulous care, the 8C remains in excellent preserved condition inside and out, with gorgeous paintwork and trim. In natural light, the paint’s pearl effect highlights the stunning Centro Stile Alfa Romeo penned curves, providing a more sophisticated feel compared to the straight yellow colors of its stablemates. The body is in impeccable order, with features like quadrifoglio shields on the front wings and the glorious 20-inch alloy wheels that subtly echo the shape of the four-leaf clover.

Inside, carbon-backed sport seats are covered in optional woven black leather trim. The legendary Italian furniture design house Poltrona Frau supplied the exquisite basketweave leather, and the seats also wear embroidered Alfa Romeo badges and contrasting white stitching. Records show the interior «sticky parts» have been addressed, and the remainder of the cabin is immaculate. Detailed logs and receipts show that the Alfa Romeo has been meticulously maintained, and it runs and drives exceptionally well. With its focused, sports-oriented short-wheelbase chassis, drop-dead gorgeous looks, outrageous turn of speed, and spine tingling V8 soundtrack, the 8C is simply one of the most desirable sports cars in recent memory.

With less than 4,200 miles from new, this 8C Competizione Coupe is a superb specimen in every respect, backed by detailed ownership records, original books, spare key, front plate bracket, factory battery maintainer, factory car cover, and photos. Alfa 8C owners rarely part with their cars, so the opportunity to acquire this stunning example should not be missed.

Here # 039; s Why The Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster Is Illegal In The US

The Italian 8C Spider Roadster is Alfa Romeo‘s skilled sports car that could not hit the roads in the US.

The Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster is one of the most iconic sports cars, gifted with all that’s in and out. As a more nippy-looking version of the 8C Coupe, the Spider model rolled in 2008 and pulled off handling around five hundred customers in two years. Though the 8C Competizione (with Coupe and spider variants) was around for only three years, it soon became one of the all-time legendary sports cars as Alfa Romeo‘s only supercar.

The Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster is undoubtedly a member of the elite. What makes it hold a candle to the likes of the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster is its Ferrari-made powertrain and the unique appearance that turns all the heads across the highway. Besides, there is a bag of signature characteristics to the 8C Competizione to scale up the individuality of the car, such as the special cloverleaf-looking alloy wheels and rich materials that make the interior distinguished from all the rest.

You might not know that this work of art is banned in the US, just like many other fascinating cars that are banned. The unfortunate US illegal patch did not leave Alfa Romeo‘s 8C Spider Roadster alone either. What could be the possible reason, though? Let’s find out.

A Ferrari-Blessed Powerplant Gives Spirit To The Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster

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It should not be hard to guess about the heart of the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, as the name gives us a clue on the cylinders. The 8C Spider is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.7-liter V8 that churns out a satisfying 450 HP. A total torque of 353 pound-feet at 4,750 rpm accompanies the 8C Spider. It’s no lie that the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider distinctively feels like a vintage sports car as the 8-cylinder powerplant is designed and produced by the all-known Italian car manufacturer, Ferrari. But there’s much more than Ferrari’s involvement in this car, as a number of other mechanical units derive from the venerable Maserati GranTurismo.

The Alfa Romeo 8C’s virtuoso engine can make the car hit a top speed of 181 MPH, revving at a screaming 7,000 rpm to make the exhaust note sound soul-relieving. Moreover, it can produce enough ponies to rocket the car to the 60 MPH zone in just 4.2 seconds.

The Alfa Romeo 8C’s Performance Writes Off The Rivals, As Well As Its Seductively Garnished Appearance

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Though the specs figures may lightly fall behind those of other rivals, the outstanding performance and smooth handling of the Alfa Romeo 8C give an other-worldly driving experience to leave the owners blessed and all. A set of 20-inch tires that are specifically made to suit Alfa Romeo’s 8C Competizione establish an untainted connection with roads. They’re embellished with alloy wheels that look like clover leaves- something that we do not usually see on cars. On top of that, the fiber touches for the body keeps the overall weight down at around 3,693 pound-feet for the 8C Roadster.

As we look inside the car, the cockpit can not be more ravishing as the expressions howl luxury all along. With a bunch of similarities to the mighty Ferrari Enzo, the Alfa Romeo 8C’s interior offers utmost comfort along with practicality. Carbon fiber dashboard and all-aluminum pedals are some of the quirks that drags the 8C Competizione out of the realm of the ordinary.

What Did Cause The Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster To Hover Outside Of US Territory?

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As mentioned before, this Alfa Romeo beast can knock off the 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds if it does not get out of bed on the wrong side. We may take that as the coolest feature of the Italian Spider, but the US government holds the opposite opinion. Too much power that leads to the speedometer’s pointer surpass the redline was the primary reason that caused the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster to fail to hit American highways. That may sound ludicrous as there’s no end of legal fast-cars that are setting new records all the time. But that’s what it is.

Nonetheless, Alfa Romeo itself was not so interested in letting the 8C Competizione enter the Us market. Aside from that, Alfa Romeo intended to keep its charming 8C as a more heroic masterpiece rather than a means to make good profits (and they sure were successful in that regard). There were only 500 units of each model (Coupe and Spider) produced, while a massive demand for the 8C Competizione was guaranteed, as there could not be any more clear proof than the initial, out-of-bounds 1200 orders.

The 8C-R is a tribute to legendary Alfa Romeo racing driver Tazio Nuvolari and will be able to participate in FIA s Hypercar Class if it’s made.

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