Uncommon Rides has featured many an Alfa Romeo in previous editions, however none as new as right this moment’s 8C. With its very putting design, a restricted manufacturing run, and a really excessive worth when new, the low-slung coupe was immediately uncommon. A daring coupe from a small Italian producer.
Alfa Romeo was pretty constant in fielding a coupe from the early 1950s by way of the 2000s. A lot much less constant was the corporate’s growth of a devoted sports activities automotive providing. Typically going dormant in that market area for a decade or extra, the closest predecessor to right this moment’s 8C is the RZ. That rectangular roadster was the later run of the SZ coupe featured right here beforehand. And it exited manufacturing after 1994.
9 years later, Alfa Romeo was able to trace at its subsequent sports activities automotive, when it debuted an idea on the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Present. The (almost production-ready) idea was designed in-house at Alfa Romeo by German-born designer Wolfgang Egger. The 8C’s design was meant to hearken again to the thrilling sporting Alfas of the Fifties and Sixties, and even its title pegged it as direct successor to the thrilling 6C that competed at Mille Miglia.
Sufficient curiosity was generated on the Frankfurt present that Alfa Romeo determined to proceed with manufacturing, making the official announcement in 2006. Adjustments from the idea to the manufacturing 8C had been only a few, and included barely totally different lamps, totally different wheels, and a hood which hinged from the rear as an alternative of the entrance. 1,400 individuals put of their orders for a brand new 8C, and manufacturing began in 2007.
The slinky physique of the 8C was manufactured from carbon fiber, connected to a metal chassis. Lighter development strategies stored weight down to three,494 kilos. Automobiles had been finalized by Maserati in Modena. Although the 8C rode on a singular platform, it did share many elements with the Maserati GranTurismo. The engine itself was a collaborative design from Maserati and Ferrari — a 4.7-liter V8 constructed at Ferrari. Energy on provide was a substantial 444 horses and 354 lb-ft of torque. The transmission, which had six speeds, was an automatic guide that might be operated in two totally different guide modes and three automated ones. 62 miles per hour arrived in 4.2 seconds, and high velocity was formally reported at 181 mph.
Alfa Romeo by no means deliberate to meet all of the orders it acquired for the 8C, limiting its coupe manufacturing to 500. Patrons forked over $265,000 for the privilege of proudly owning one. A Spider model of the 8C arrived in 2008 and matched the coupe’s manufacturing determine of 500. It upped the ante on worth, to $299,000. By the conclusion of manufacturing in 2010, a thousand 8Cs existed.
Immediately’s Uncommon Trip is probably the most generally chosen colour: Alfa Pink. One of many 90 vehicles delivered to the U.S. market, it’s lined simply 2,862 miles previously 12 years. Full with its branded baggage, this 8C will set you again $319,900.