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2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

September 12th, 2006-For fans of anything Italian or beautiful, today is your lucky day. The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione – arguably the best looking Alfa Romeo ever – is ready for production and will be released at the Paris Motor Show. Its borrows heavily from Maserati talent, which is reflected in both the chassis and engine choices.

Much to our applause, the new 8C almost exactly mimics the concept car it’s based off. For instance, only slight details differentiate it from the prototype version first seen at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now included are 20 inch wheels, a front diffuser, chrome edging around the side window frame, front driving lights and a much higher ride height.

With a 450 bhp V8 desgined by in cooperation with Maserati, the Competizione remains true to its 8C heritage. The same designation was first used on Alfa’s eight cylinder prewar supercars which dominated motor sport during their best years. Of these cars, the 8C 2900 is the ultimate expression and won the best races as well as became a prestigious grand tourer.

The modern 8C features a carbon fibre body which is mated to a rather old steel Maserati chassis. This is the type of setback that can only be forgiven with such an achingly beautiful body. It draws inspiration from Alfa’s past including the gorgeous Tipo 33 Stradale and the Giulia TZ2 which is often called the mini-Ferrari 250 GTO. Fortunately, in creating the 8C, Alfas own design studio, Stile Center Alpha Romeo have steered clear of the retro trap that others have fallen into.

As the 8C is being produced by Maserati and Alfa, it takes advantage of their recent developments including an aluminum suspension, traction control, a flappy paddle six-speed gearbox and a continuous-phase valve train.

More details will be available after the 8C Competizione completes its world debut at the Paris Motor Show.

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2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

In Detail

related cars 2003 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Concept
1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Berlinetta
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2
1967 Alfa Romeo T33/2 Stradale Prototipo
submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
released at 2006 Paris
built at Modena, Italy
body stylist Wolfgang Egger
coachbuilder ATR Group
production 500
price $ $227,000 USD
engine 90° V8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
position Front-Mid, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Aluminum Alloy
valvetrain Chain-Driven DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/Varible Phase Timing
fuel feed Sequential Multipoint Injection
displacement 4691 cc / 286.3 in³
bore 94 mm / 3.70 in
stroke 84.5 mm / 3.33 in
compression 11.3:1
power 335.6 kw / 450 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output 95.93 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 283.91 bhp per tonne
torque 470 nm / 346.7 ft lbs @ 4750 rpm
redline 7500
body / frame Carbon Fiber Body over ITCA Produzione Steel Frame
driven wheels RWD w/Mechanical LSD, VDC Stability Control
wheel type Cast Aluminum Alloy
front tires 245/35R-20 95Y Pirelli PZero
rear tires 285/35R-20 100Y Pirelli PZero
front brakes Cross-Drilled Discs w/6-Piston Calipers, ABS
rear brakes Cross-Drilled DiscsCross-Drilled Discs w/4-Piston Calipers, ABS
front wheels F 50.80 x 22.86 cm / 20 x 10.5 in
rear wheels R 50.80 x 26.67 cm / 20 x 10.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Variable Gas Dampers, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Variable Gas Dampers, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1585 kg / 3494 lbs
weight distro 49 % / 51 %
wheelbase 2646 mm / 104.2 in
front track 1590 mm / 62.6 in
rear track 1590 mm / 62.6 in
length 4381 mm / 172.5 in
width 1894 mm / 74.6 in
height 1341 mm / 52.8 in
transmission 6-Speed Electro-Hydrualic Manual Transaxle
gear ratios 3.21:1, 2.05:1, 1.44:1, 1.11:1, 0.90:1, 0.76:1
final drive 4.18:1
top speed ~291.23 kph / 181 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.1 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~9.3 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~12.6 seconds
fuel econ epa 15 L/100 km or 15.5 mpg-us