Alfa Romeo 8C Review | Autocar

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Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

Alfa Romeo 8C

What is it?

is the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. as rare and special as any new V12 Ferrari. more powerful than any Audi R8 or Aston Martin

It’s one of the most desirable cars that Italy has in a decade.

There are only 500 Romeo 8C Competiziones in the world, and 41 in the UK, all currently in private hands. this one, which is by the Marque II Car Club. And since II has been kind enough to it to us, we can now tell you exactly how well it down a typical British

What’s it like?

Such are subjective, but I don’t know who would describe the Alfa 8C as anything short of sensational to at. It’s smaller than you expect though. With no rear overhang, the Alfa 8C is compact; at less than 4.4 long, it’s shorter most family hatchbacks.

The excitement of your first with the car build when you on board. It’s low, firm leather bucket plenty of Ferrari-shared switchgear, and as real carbonfibre fascia and panels as you could conceivably

The brassy bark of Ferrari’s flat-crank, 4.7-litre V8 yelps to a 5000rpm with the merest of your toe, and crackles and on its way back down to idle. get no more addictive or auspicious this.

Now select ‘Sport’ (this leaves the exhaust valves open, sharpens the response and quickens the VDC stability system), pull back on the gearshift paddle and nose out an empty road. The quick but steering almost feels at dawdling speeds; the ride is unforgiving. There’s not much from wind noise, less from the roar of massive wheels and tyres.

It’s a full-on, prepare-to-earn-your-money driving experience.

From low the Alfa Romeo 8C feels but at about 4000rpm it explodes full stride, squatting and on its huge rear wheels, and towards the horizon. Pedal is fantastic, and the car’s brakes even more powerful its engine, even though the positioning means that you do to left-foot brake for comfort.

The Romeo 8C’s chassis is at its on smooth surfaces; over ones it’s much foreboding. There’s plenty of but a compromised ride leaves room for bump absorption.

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

At the limit, the Alfa Romeo balance is a bit erratic too. never 100 per cent sure you’ll get understeer or razor-sharp at any given corner – it’s the former if bumps are involved, but not The vast dry-weather grip the car tricky to adjust on the throttle

When the car hooks up and grips, it feels marvellous, changing with incredible zeal, and out of corners. Unlike the last Alfa, the SZ, this car needs no power. It actually feels a like a better-looking, more TVR T350C; short-of-wheelbase, firm, agile and quick.

But a bit unpredictable.

Should I buy one?

the 8C has been sold out since its day on sale. A few of the UK’s number are via specialist dealers as ultra-low pre-registered cars, but at a premium what was already an incredible for an Alfa Romeo. Even you’ll be asked to pay close to for one.

So is this car really more than a Ferrari 430 As a piece of automotive artifice, As a properly exciting supercar,

As a thoroughbred machine for fast driving, unfortunately not.

But if be the sort of owner who’s to accept an Alfa instead of a you’d probably also be enough to overlook the absence of final degree of dynamic for a car you’re simply in love

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

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