First Drive: Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

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First Drive: Alfa 8C Competizione

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Less than a out from its return to the U.S. Romeo has developed a new flagship launch will coincide the revival of the Biscione shield in the largest car market. Development of a niche model like the new 8C is a risky move for any carmaker, let a rejuvenated brand like Romeo, but with order filled up and a general consensus the new 8C is one of the most stunning vehicles in it appears Alfa’s gamble has off.

Despite being the ‘Competizione,’ the new Alfa Romeo is more of a grand tourer an extreme sports car capable of up with the likes of Ferrari and around a track. Beneath its carbon-fiber body – its evoking memories of Alfa’s race cars of the past lies a mechanical package from Maserati’s own GranTurismo This means there’s a V8 engine sending drive to the wheels via a two-piece driveshaft and a rear differential, a set-up sure to satisfy those who an engaging drive but will give up some comfort driving around town.

Interior and Styling

As exciting as the car is to the 8C Competition provokes just as emotions when standing Its gorgeous body, penned by at the Alfa Romeo Style gives the new coupe an instant feel and ensures it will one of the most beautiful cars on the for some time to come. the exterior, the cabin is the epitome of and style.

Premium materials leather, aluminum and carbon-fiber are throughout the cabin and constitute a mix between elegance and athleticism.

Two carbon-fiber buckets covered in red leather provide plenty of but are adjustable only with controls. Mounted to the steering are two sizeable aluminum paddles for shifting gears, while on the dash lie buttons for reverse, and sport modes.

Despite its car credentials, the 8C always remains practical. The only limit to its is the less than average both up front and in the rear. The low seating position and long makes it difficult to know exactly its snout ends, the slanted rear window limits the visibility out back.

the carbon-fiber front hood an aluminum V8 engine sourced Maserati, a similar unit to the one in the GranTurismo. Like the Maserati the new engine is also based on an Ferrari design, but its displacement is up from 4.2L to 4.7L. rises from 400hp to at 7,000rpm and peak torque from 460Nm at 4,250rpm in the to 470Nm in the new Alfa supercar.

Continuous variable valve on the intake camshafts and optimization of the chamber and engine calibration that 80% of this torque is from as low as 2000rpm. The engine’s sound, meanwhile, is courtesy of the controlled exhaust system, features small valves modify the flow of gases.

engineers have stuck the familiar transaxle mounted giving the car a well-balanced feel. By the gearbox up back, the engine be mounted closer to the firewall and in improves weight distribution. times for the six-speed semi-automatic can be customized using a pair of mounted behind the steering

For the suspension, designers went a double wishbone layout forged aluminum components. The metal is also used for the calipers and 20in alloy with chunky perforated and discs used to bring the to a stop.

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On the track

The sound of the is very determined and involving, and pressing the ‘Sport’ button, it a rumble that can rival the noblest V8s from Maranello. delivery is very progressive, prompt throttle response from the get-go. Shift up a and the engine lets off a bark the motor engages and you’re back into the soft the low-end torque doing its job

The engine’s flexibility allows us to more on the handling of the car, benefits from the fast of our steering inputs. Our only is the light feel of the steering, again adding to the sense this is more of a comfortable GT than a … track The chassis’ superb balance the car in line around curves but of the throttle too much and the coupe begin to understeer.

Alfa Romeo’s VDC stability will cut in when things get too but we were surprised at just how we could push it before the system steps in.

Firm ensures minimal pitch and around corners and, this, ride comfort was although we were only to test it over the test smooth tarmac and not the pockmarked of the surrounding roads. There’s of grip from the 285mm but getting them to slide, with traction control on, doesn’t take much

First impressions

To express a judgment on the new Alfa super-coupe just an initial drive on test track would be but our initial feeling is that not too dissimilar to the sporting GTs from The car is still blisteringly quick, no quicker than any Alfa in recent history, but it’s attuned to easy driving being a race winner.

500 coupes are scheduled to enter and already there are more 1,200 orders in Alfa’s so, unless you’ve already got a down, your chances of one into your garage are to nil.First drive: Alfa 8c

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

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