Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione: An Italian Super Car
By Motoring Channel Staff - 27/Sep/2006
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
The styling of the 8C Competizione is almost
as gob-smacking as the super car's performance
From almost every angle, the 8C Competizione
displays a retro style, and it seems to work well
Sitting on 20-inch wheels and powered by a
Maserati V8, the 8C has street cred to spare
Sleek is an understatement when describing
the 8C, which generates 330kW of V8 power
Paris, France —
Alfa Romeo used the 2006 Paris Motor Show to exhibit a number of
special edition models spanning the 159, the 147 with a new Torsen
front diff, the Brera, the Spider and other model ranges.
But the star
attraction was the production version of its super car - the 8C
With carbon fibre bodywork, a
front-mounted Maserati-built V8 engine and a traditional rear wheel
drive configuration, the new exotic vehicle from Alfa Romeo is expected
to set pulses racing at the French Auto Show.
is clearly pleased with its new collaborative vehicle, releasing a
statement that's sure to get the Alfa Romeo faithful fidgeting with
"To see it is to love it: wide tyres, low-slung ride
and styling of poised aggression. To die for, in fact. Hear the engine
and weep: a full, convincing throaty roar. Now all that remains is to
sit behind the wheel, engage first gear and you are off to try out your
Alfa 8C Competizione. You are left with one doubt: how will you drive a
sports model whose bonnet conceals a 4700cc 8-cylinder engine hat
unleashes 450bhp of power and 470Nm of torque when you touch the
accelerator. The unexpected answer is: with great ease - even more
easily, simply and instinctively than your normal car in fact."
To be built in limited numbers, the stunning new model has a distinctly retro flavour, and as Alfa Romeo explains, this Gran
Turismo car is directly derived from the
concept car that aroused such admiration at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor
Not only a visual tour de force,
with its dynamic curves and emboldened front end, the 8C Competizione
is also a supremely powerful sports car, and a cooperative venture
between both Maserati and Alfa Romeo.
The Maserati engine that gives the 8C its splendid performance is a brand
new 90° V8 unit with a cylinder
capacity of 4691cc (4.7-litres) that was designed with one aim in mind:
extraordinary performance while still offering a smooth drive. Alfa
Romeo's design brief stated that the 8C had to be usable in all
circumstances, from the race track to city traffic.
some four fifths or about 80% of the engine's peak torque is available
from as low as 2000rpm. It generates 470Nm of torque, which peaks @
4750rpm, and will be more than enough torque to shift the 8C's
bulk from 0-100km/h in less than 5.0 seconds.
Peak power of 330kW
@ 7000rpm indicates that the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione's V8 engine is
more than happy to rev, and has heaps of power to spare. The 4.7-litre
V8 engine is rev-limited to 7500rpm and Alfa explains that the refined
engineering of the intake and
exhaust geometry, the introduction of continuous variable
valve timing on the intake camshafts and the optimisation of the combustion
chamber and engine calibration gives the engine both sonorous acoustics and a powerful feel.
is no pretender. Alfa's new sports car is a vehicle of highest calibre
and with the Maserati-built V8 engine, it's got the brawn to back up
its bold style. In sporty driving conditions over mixed routes, the
power unit offers impressively short response times due to the high
permeability of the intake duct and the low inertia of the
flywheel-twin plate clutch system.
crankshaft with counterweights
at 90°, fully balanced through careful selection of connecting rods
and pistons, ensures the engine runs with low vibration levels, and all
the ducts (water, oil, secondary air) are cast directly into the engine
to produce a system with great rigidity, low dimensions and guarantees
The engine is placed longitudinally
in the long engine bay, located behind the front axle for a positive
weight balance and features a single chain timing system that ensures
dependability. Special attention has also been devoted to the acoustic
definition and tuning of the intake and exhaust in the quest for a
sound timbre that enhances the car's character and makes it
unmistakable. The result is a full, distinctive sound, emphasised by
the permeable intake system and an exhaust system with electronically
controlled valves that enhance the car's sound without infringing any
type-approval or environmental constraints.
the engine's indecent 330kW of power to the rear wheels is a robotised
gearbox and self-locking differential. The gearbox is located at
the rear of the car, which allows
for outstanding dynamic performance says the Italian car company.
6–speed gearbox features computerised gear selection by
means of levers behind the
steering wheel, and is designed to ensure ultra-slick gear shifts. It
has a few modes as well, including Manual-Normal; Manual-Sport;
and Ice modes.
Augmenting the high revving powerplant and
ultra-quick-shifting gearbox is a chassis that Alfa Romeo hopes will
give the 8C the ability to mix it with some of Europe's most famous
marques, including Porsche and Ferrari. Alfa Romeo is quick to point
out that the 8C's engineering is directly derived
from the race track, with a double wishbone layout, forged
aluminium axle carrier and arms
and extra strut for toe-in control.
The braking system offers
perforated, ventilated discs with aluminium brake callipers to ensure
prompt, effective braking even with heavy use, and with little fade. Alfa Romeo explains that to ensure the car stays
glued to the road, it is fitted with large 20-inch perforated rims, made from fluid moulded
aluminium to ensure lightness and maximum brake ventilation efficiency.
These are shod with 245/35 tyres at the front and
wide 285/35s at the rear. Furthermore, the 8C Competizione comes
with the latest Alfa Romeo VDC (vehicle dynamic control), an advanced
stability and traction control system to ensure the driver feels at one
with the car.
Alfa Romeo points out that the name ‘8C Competizione’ is
not an arbitrary invention but a distinctive mark of Alfa Romeo's
own sporting history. A veritable legend that has arisen out of the
innumerable victories won on circuits throughout the world through the
skill of men and their passion for racing, engine research and advanced
technology and a reawakened taste for new challenges.
This link with
the values of Alfa Romeo's history adds extra poignancy to the
term ‘Competizione’; when projected into the future it
represents the sense of constant dynamism that distinguishes a brand
engaged in a quest for excellence, increased competitiveness and
Romeo's historical naming convention flows through into the car's
styling, which was penned at the Alfa Romeo Style Centre and was built
o accommodate two occupants in deep sports bucket seats. Alfa explains
designers worked hard to ensure that the aerodynamic and
performance demands have not altered the car's original design by too
much, and so the style maintains an incredibly clean shape, uncluttered
element interfering with the overall harmony.
introduced on the Alfa 8C to achieve the highest levels of aerodynamic
efficiency are not limited to the shape. Air wraps around the car and
follows its natural course, unhindered by corners and unevenness. All
the pillar and glass surfaces and profiles together with the door
mirror shape and position have been optimised by mathematical modelling
and also by wind tunnel tests and tests on actual models. Much
attention has been devoted to the creation of a ground effect that
helps increase stability at
high speed, as on racing cars. It's also a very compact vehicle which
adds to the latent aggression seen in its design, while distinctive
features such as the bold brake lights and retro head lights contribute
to a discernibly retro look.
no images have been released of the interior just yet, Alfa Romeo
states that the cabin will be a high luxury sports combination, making
use of composite
materials (carbon fibre) on the fascia and interior panels. Alfa
explains this is a technical choice
but also reinforces the car's spirit and emphasises its
personality, and fully adjustableergonomic
bucket seats made from carbon fibre will also feature prominently.
The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is expected to
be on sale in 2007 in limited quantities for about the price of a