Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
It was with a silent whimper that the Alfa romeo quit the American markets in 1994 due to poor quality and the tag of being an underachiever. In 2008, it roared back into the American economy with the release of the 8C Competizone, a sports car with a 2-door coupe and 2-door spider layout. Assembled by Maserati in Modena, Italy, the car carries 8 cylinders denoted by the ’8C’ in its name. As its name also suggests, it is a racing competition-worthy car with the racing blood of Ferrari and Maserati flowing through its tubes! The sports car which was presented as a concept in the Frankfurt Motor Show, 2003, and arrives with a big bang at a price of $240,000 which is the most expensive Alfa Romeo vehicle ever made.
The Competizone may look like a gentle purring cat but under the hood sits a lion-hearted engine. Derived from the irresistible Maserati/Ferrari combo, the engine is a 4.7-liter V8 lubricated with 90 degree cross-plane wet sump. Summarizing the top performance of the engine are the stats of 450 bhp at 7000 rpm. The maximum torque of 480 Nm is generated at 4,750 rpm. The powerful engine rushes the car from 0 to 100 kmh in 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 292 kmh.
The Competizone interiors are completely functional with a hint of Italian extravagance and frivolity. To keep the car light and give the interiors a sporty feel at the same time, the seats have a carbon shell which has been lined with the best-quality leather. The seats have a fore-aft and are rake adjustable. They have been kept firm with a bit of cushioning so that the bolsters almost seem to kiss your torso and hips. Three-point seat belts and airbags ensure safety during rough rides. The aluminum-alloy dashboard is full of gauges and dials which are large and easy to view. The dashboard area and central console are also covered with buttons to activate various facilities. A climate-control system and a top-notch audio system sit pretty within the car. An alloy starter button kicks the engine into roaring life with the slightest touch.
The lovely sports car sits low with long nose that seems to be sculpted for perfection. The proportions of the car are such that the driver sits almost at more than the halfway mark of the car. The triple headlights on either side of the hood and the three-partition grille is a distinguishing feature. The aerodynamically humped back seems to end a tad bit suddenly with a gently curving spoiler. The gorgeous detailing and graceful curves all along the body invite you to feel them out! Two sets of dual-exhausts sit on either side at the rear well below the large tail lamps. The car almost has the look of a space-saucer with a teardrop-shaped cabin covering. The boot of the Alfa Romeo Competizone is small and can hold very little.