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 (8-cylinder) Alfa engine had been designed in 1931 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, the car’s 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.
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 450 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and drives via a 6-speed, semi-automatic, paddle-shift gearbox, which is located immediately ahead of the rear axle in the interests of mass centralization.
The Pirelli P Zero tires were specially developed for the 20-inch alloy wheels. As is the norm with 21st century supercars, the 8C Competizione also features switchable performance modes. The main chassis and its engine/gearbox/suspension subframes are steel, with carbon fiber used for the passenger’s cell and external body panels. Carbon fiber and aluminum both feature in the stylish interior, which is equipped with lightweight, leather-trimmed seats by Poltrona Frau of Turin. Alfa claimed a 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of around 290 km/h (181 mph), despite the fact that an 8C had reached 186 mph during testing. Acquired new by the current owner in February 2009, this left-hand-drive 8C Competizione had covered only 8,124 miles at time of cataloging and is presented in quite exceptional condition.