Between past and future
The 8C Competizione is a return to the roots and a laboratory for the future. It was created in the middle of a profound process of reorganization in the automotive sector as it prepared to face the new millennium. At its presentation in 2006 the 8C collected 1,400 orders from all over the world in a few weeks, and the 500 numbered copies planned were sold out well before being produced.
The Essence of Alfa Romeo
The story of the 8C Competizione starts from its name. "8C" refers to the eight cylinder cars designed by Vittorio Jano, which in the 1930s won races all over the world. "Competizione", on the other hand, was the name of the 6C 2500 that Juan Manuel Fangio drove in the 1950 Mille Miglia. Created to synthesize and relaunch the quintessence of Alfa Romeo, the 8C echoed technical themes dear to the brand since the beginning. The 8C boasted a generous a 4.7-liter V8 engine able to deliver up to 450 HP, but above all it marked a return to the rear-axle gearbox, which had been missing from Alfa road models since the early 1990s. The result was a car with an optimal weight/power ratio, able to reach 100 km/h from stationary in 4.2 seconds.
A homage to the history of car design
"It's called 8C, and I think it's simply the most beautiful car ever built": this was how the BBC "Top Gear" presenter described it. It resembled a quiz on quotations from brand history. Its "eyes" came from the 33 Stradale, slightly higher than the bonnet line; its rear recalled that of the '61 Giulietta SZ, the first "truncated tail" in motoring history; the circular rear lights are a tribute to the Giulia TZ, another queen of the racetracks. The 8C played fascinating games with the past, as though the Alfa Romeo Centro Stile was paying tribute to a whole era of car design. The 8C Competizione took Alfa Romeos from all periods as its inspiration and celebrated them through the boldness of its volumes, its clean lines and its cheeky focus on distinctive brand features from the past.