8C Competizion

Written by tonks on November 2, 2006

Alfa Romeo 8C CompetizionIn 2003, Alfa Romeo shocked everyone with the amazing 8C Competizione concept. The car was considered by many to be one of the most beautiful designs ever. Due to the enthusiastic public reaction, Alfa has decided to produce the 8C as a limited edition. And this brings us to the 2006 Paris Motor Show, the event to host the launch of the production Alfa supercar.

The new 8C closely mimics the prototype it is based on. Only a few details make a difference to the prototype version presented at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. A new design have the 20-inch wheels, the tiny front diffuser, and the chrome touch around the side window frame. A minor change has been made to the front lights, and also the ride height has been increased to a more practical value.

Designed and developed by Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the 8C has all the required elements to become a true brand icon, recalling a great racing tradition of which the name is part. In the ‘30s and ‘40s, the ’8C’ name that returns here, was used by the racing and road cars that were equipped with the new 8-cylinder engine developed by the famous engineer Vittorio Jano.

The term ’Competizione’, used on the prototype, on the other hand, is a tribute to the 6C 2500 Competizione, the sports coupe driven by Fangio and Zanardi in the famous Mille Miglia race in 1950.

Therefore, the ’8c Competizione’ was not an invented name, but a clear reference to Alfa’s racing history. And, of course, the fame surrounding the Alfa Romeo legend is largely based on the victories its cars achieved on race courses all around the world.

There were so many of them that alone they represent a long, fascinating chapter, made of men and competitive spirit, engines and cutting edge technical ideas. The protagonists of the inestimable human and technological heritage that is responsible for today’s beautiful cars, full of character and, above all, capable of combining the beauty of the styling with the pleasure of driving them.

It is difficult to be indifferent to the 8C, because it is the pure expression of Alfa Romeo’s concept of the car. And with this new model, Alfa’s stylistic language takes a further step forward.

Compared to the 1999 concept car, the ’Nuvola’, which also featured the shapes and surface treatment of the new Alfa Romeo aesthetics, the styling approach of the Alfa 8C enhances the brand’s DNA with a modern hi-tech interpretation of the most famous designs in Alfa Romeo history.

The key element that give the 8C it’s aggressive stance are the large tyres and the sculptural, muscular rear wings that accentuate the impression of a strong and forceful personality. In the true Italian tradition the spots character of the vehicle does not detract in any way from the elegance of the lines that run smoothly from front to back, to the light clusters set into the integral bumpers. A stylistic balance that has its maximum expression in the daring design of the rear window that covers the rear and partially envelops the rear pillars.

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