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Alfa Romeo revived the 8C name with the introduction of the Competizione, and the sports car has an incredible interior.
The Alfa Romeo 8C has a beautiful interior, a classy and modern mix of real aluminum alloy, carbon fiber, and leather. Soft leather covers the seats, and Alfa Romeo treats their clients to an advanced cockpit that makes every ride feel like a special event.
Alfa Romeo revived the 8C name and introduced the 8C Competizione (2007) and the 8C Spider (2008). The company wanted to rival huge marques like BMW and Audi with a beautiful sports car. Alfa's Centro Stile (styling center) designed the models, and they both have a carbon fiber body and use a Ferrari-made V8 engine.
The 8C blends fantastic performance with exceptional road holding and thoroughbred-like handling. This is due to the front and rear dual wishbone suspensions; they ensure enjoyable handling and provide the control you would expect from a front-wheel drive vehicle. They also combine a highly dynamic drive with precise responsiveness, which are crucial on mixed roads.
True die-hard gearheads will appreciate the 8C, as these vehicles can stir the soul like no other automobile can. However, this shouldn't be a surprise because Alfa Romeo has always delivered cars packed with passion.
Let's find out more about the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and its stunning interior.
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Alfa Romeo ensured the cabin was luxurious, with every element designed to provide an enjoyable driving experience. The seats feature carbon fiber shells and can be manually adjusted for fore-aft and rake, but not for height. It only has two seats, but a tremendous rear bench is big enough to fit two large bags.
You should know that the 8C doesn't provide the same level of comfort as the Mercedes-Benz E350. However, that doesn't mean the car won't meet your satisfaction requirements with its soft and comfortable bucket seats.
The dashboard's architecture follows the current Alfa line, but includes certain unique and special elements. The designers covered most of the interior finish in leather and the special sports touches in aluminum.
The original Alfa Romeo's 8C was a popular sports car in the 1930s. The name came from the straight-eight cylinder engine that powered the vehicle. The 8C debuted in 1931 and retired in 1939; it was Alfa's primary sports model.
Alfa Romeo named the launch model 2300 to reference the car's 2.3-liter engine. The 8C's short wheelbase variant won the Targa Florio race in Sicily, but the Italian Grand Prix victory gave the car its nickname, “Monza.”
The company enlarged the supercharged dual overhead cam straight-eight engine to 2.6-liter. With this power plant, the 8C could go from 0 to 60 mph in less than eight seconds and reach a top speed of 135 mph.
Many iconic vehicles of the Italian manufacturer inspired this current version of the Alfa Romeo 8C, and cars like the gorgeous Tipo 33 Stradale and the Giulia TZ2 played a big part. Luckily, in creating the 8C, Alfa's in-house design studio, Centro Stile, managed to avoid the retro trap others have fallen into.
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Under the hood, a 4.6-liter delivers over 440 horsepower at, 7,000 rm, and a six-speed manual rear transmission powers the engine. The V8 allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 186 mph. This engine commands absolute performance, impressive power and torque peaks (346.7 ft-lbs at 4,750 rpm), with smooth, effortless delivery at low speeds.
All Alfa Romeo sports vehicles, whether from the past or the present, have one thing in common — the power to excite even the most experienced drivers. So, like its predecessors, the 8C can deliver exciting performance on the racetrack and still be a perfect home vehicle that can commute daily.
The engineers combined the engine with a sports exhaust system that is instantly recognizable. Thanks to its unusual design, the twin chrome exhausts give the car a deep, full-bodied rumble. Moreover, an electronically controlled pneumatic valve system improves the exhaust. You can achieve this by pressing the Sport button on the central console.
The 8C is sharper, harder-edged, and sportier than the Maserati GranTurismo. However, the GranTurismo offers better comfort, but the steering and suspension control can be a bit sloppy. Furthermore, Maserati claims that the GranTurismo can reach 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, making it slower than the 8C.
The 8C has a short wheelbase and a lightweight body (3,285 lbs), making it fast and responsive like a 911 GT3. These features make its steering quicker than the GranTurismo's. Furthermore, there is almost zero body roll, and the throttle response is excellent. You can perfectly balance the car's handling with the throttle, especially in Sport mode.
Although the steering is precise and linear, it lacks some of the drama and depth of communication you would find in a Ferrari F430 or a Porsche GT3. However, this automobile has a front-engine design and far better steering than the BMW M3.
Marcus is a car enthusiast who loves writing about them. He travels frequently and always seeks out the best driving roads to really test a car's limits. His favorite cars are anything with a manual transmission, and he's been known to spend hours just shifting through all the gears.