The 8C Competizione made its debut as a Centro Stile Alfa Romeo prototype on the 60th Automobile Show in Frankfurt.
Just like another Alfas, the 8C based on the factory’s traditions. The name “8C” comes from the ‘40s-‘50s, and means otto cilindri (eight cylinders). All cars which carried this sign had an 8 cylinder V engine. The “Competizione” comes from the post-war period. At that time Alfa signed its successful Mille Miglia racer, 6C 2500 model whit this name.
The 8C remains a legend if we analyze it from the aspect of design. The front and rear lights, the car’s tracing all comes from the legendary 33 Stradale.
The engine is engineered by the Ferrari-Maserati, it has a displacement of 4.7 litre, the pistons are in a 90° V position, and transmits 420 HP to the rear wheels. With the help of this, 8C easily reaches 300 km/h, and complete the 0 to 100 sprint in 4.5 seconds.
The serial version made it’s debute in 2006 at the Paris Motor Show. The spider version introduced itself in the summer of 2005 at the Concorso d’Elegnza Villa d’Este at Pebbel Beach, California and came up with a fantastic success. It was a message for the Americans; the 8C will be one of the models which will be offered for the US market in 2009, when Alfa Romeo makes its comeback to the States.
The chassis is mainly the same as the normal 8C’s, and of course it was made by the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo whom used fiberglass materials. At the beginning of the development the engineers took inspiration from the racing cars of the ‘30s. The result: a two seater modern sport car, with special, 20” alloy wheels, 4.7 litre V engine, tradional Alfa desing gags: the triangle shaped scudetto, and the round rear lights.