Body Type: Roadster Length: 4381 mm Width: 1894 mm Height: 1240 mm Model Year: 2008 Number of doors: 2 Number of seats: 2 Trunk volume: 88 liters
Car Review Alfa Romeo 8C Spider
Alfa Romeo 8C Spider - exclusive roadsters of Alfa Romeo Automobiles SpA The concept model was first shown in 2005. In 2008 was launched mass production of the Roadster. Alfa Romeo 8C Spider can rightly be regarded as exclusive, "aristocratic" Italian car. Results so far released 500 copies of the 8C Spider. The new model is fully justified expectations of the company and has a reputation as one of the most beautiful cars in the world. Exterior Alfa Romeo 8C Spider embodies the spirit of freedom, thanks to the elegant lines of the body and kapyushonoobraznoy, folding roof, which consists of two sheets, overlapping each other.
The interior of the 8C Spider composite materials applied finishes. The seats have anatomical shape and made of carbon fibers. For maximum customization buyer can choose different color and design solutions interior. Under the hood Alfa Romeo 8C Spider is powered by Ferrari (also used for cars Maserati), volume 4.7 l. V8 guarantees excellent performance: engine power of 450 hp at 7000 rev / min. and the maximum torque - 480 Nm. Alfa Romeo 8C Spider officially on the Russian market is not for sale.
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Enthusiastically greeted at the IAA 2003 Concept Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione three years has caused confusion. The company announced plans to start production coupe and named the price: 165 000. Not all perceived adequately voiced figure. Most journal articles 8C was called too expensive car. Not in favor of new items added and all comparisons with the Maserati, Porsche or Aston Martin. Competitors, however look, won in the equipment.
Well, the Italians are to blame. All the luxury-brands carefully guard their image of consumerism and the FIAT of it is not taken care of. Conversely, a few decades, stubbornly pushed the legendary and the once invincible brand in consumer goods. Here are a consumer, and opened his eyes: one hundred and sixty-five thousand for the "alpha"? Are you sure that's not a typo?
No, not a typo. This is the right price. But after a close acquaintance with the 8C Competizione, I began to believe that this divine right price. It is good that other people think as fans of the brand. In just two weeks after announcing its intention to make a 500 coupe 8C Competizione, Alfa Romeo has received 1400 orders for the car. More than a dozen willing to pay in advance for the coupe was found even in Russia. I do not want to upset countrymen, but only one gets lucky in the ownership of this masterpiece.
Even so, than none. 8C Competizione had to do to spend my life in the museum of Alfa Romeo in Arese. But in 2005 the company was headed by a new man - Antonio Baravalle, who offered to save on advertising and put into mass production model of the exhibition in 2003. The argument? This coupe will be the best advertisement for Alfa Romeo. I do not know how effective the "Otto-chi" as a street banner or video, but what we saw before him - is probably the best car ever built in Italy.
To begin with, this is the car with history. The first Alfa Romeo to the eight-cylinder motor appeared in the twenties. In the thirties modification of 8C 2300 in 24-hour races and tysyachemilnyh thrown from their pedestals Bentley. And in 1938 saw the release of 8C 2900 - coupe with a hood and a grand eccentric tail. I wonder whether the new "Otto-chi," to repeat the success? One achievement at their own expense 8C Competizione already recorded - an open version was named the most beautiful car in the 2006 Concorso d'Eleganza. And soon it becomes clear how reasonable and sporting ambitions-prepared Dallara 8C will be on display at the races in the GT2 class with Ferrari and Porsche at Le Mans, Daytona and the Nürburgring.
Formally, the 8C Competizione is on the platform and the M145 inherited from Maserati coupe layout, robotic box Cambiocorse, front and rear double wishbone suspension. In the Alfa Romeo engine is willing and ready to take the (V8 supercharged, and dry sump, developed jointly by minders Maserati and Ferrari), but then decided that forcing him to not hurt - working volume was increased to 4.7 liters, power driven from 390 to 450 HP
But there are fundamental differences. In Alfa Romeo have ideal weight in proportion 49/51%, pushing the engine as the front axle, towards the interior. At the same time and have achieved weight loss (8C hundredweight for easier donor). The number of steel elements in the design of the body reduced to a minimum carrier force structure is made of carbon fiber. And not only this - in fact, made of carbon fiber the entire car: its hood, roof, sides, doors, front and rear skirt with an aerodynamic venturi diffuser. I saw with my own eyes how they are durable. Gray-haired grandpa, Honored Test Alfa Romeo, in a demonstration rides on the range in Balocchi not keep the car on the apron and took a healthy chunk of turf stripped from the soil. In 8C - no scratches. And imagine how the machine would look like a nose made of thin metal or plastic ABC-, work he was a bulldozer at a speed exceeding 100 km / h?
Deliberately omit a description of appearance. Here the words are powerless. When this thing is before you, and emits in all directions bunnies with three-layer coating of scarlet Competizione, which is mixed with particles of silver, you begin to understand the physical meaning of hackneyed phrases "devouring eyes." You look and you can not get enough. If eyes could exude saliva instead of tears, would have to get a handkerchief.
Dazzling looks and interior. The center console seems monolithic - it is milled from a huge piece of metal, and bristling with grooved handles. The instrument panel is made of carbon fiber, and the material has a natural texture - a carbon fiber polished, glamorous gloss did not give. Frames are also carbon fiber buckets. Finishing is done in the best tradition of Alfa Romeo. Rough cover of textile and leather belts on the back and cushion bucket looks unusual and does not slide into a chair. A tight rollers, compress the thigh, waist and shoulders covered with a thick skin very soft. Only two things in the interior Competizione sustained in an unexpected retro-style (but appropriate) - a leather attache cases, straps fastened behind the seats.
It so happened that on the 8C Competizione savoring it took us half a day. But after dinner, when taken to the landfill American journalists began a real drive. Three compartments for three and a completely free test ring - hard-packed! Deterrent played a solid lunch, which is already after a couple of laps dizzying ride on a winding road began to show the intention to fresh air.
It is difficult to compare with something dynamic acceleration and deceleration 8C. At Ferrari I have not ridden, and ridden by Maserati, by contrast, is too long. But it is impressive. The recruitment process speed in Sport mode is particularly strong feelings - he is accompanied by a bloodthirsty roar and fire from the "trunk" of the exhaust system. The machine takes off gently. There is a frightening blow to the back - everything happens smoothly, jerks during gear changes are hardly noticeable. And if you drive safely by using the gas pedal only one-third of its course, C8 will show the cat's habits - motor hums softly, the car is moving slowly and cautiously.
Coupe is set to light oversteer - assured the people of Alfa Romeo. It is. Even when the tekshn-control car willingly throws himself into a corner and is ready a little bit, playing, wag his back. However, it should turn off the electronics and food happily rush to overtake the nose as soon as the rear wheels will be an excess of thrust. To control the emerging drift is not easy, but if you practice, you can learn and power sliding. On the sharpness and clarity maneuvers C8 Competizione can only be compared with a mid-sports car. For example, the Porsche Cayman. Among the front-structures is not equal to it.
This machine claims generally can not be, except for the trivia - here carbon Circuits carries his sloppy, there is a seal bristling slightly. It seems that the Italians and do not want to mask traces of manual work, as it can, for example, be done in Bentley. Looking for an ideal, no one has ever died of envy. And looking at the Alfa Romeo ...