Oh, to be among the fortunate 500, those quick-witted souls (fewer than one-fifth of whom are Americans) sharp enough to acquire one of Alfa Romeo’s 8C Competizione coupes. This is the first Alfa to cross the Atlantic in a decade, and the first with rear-wheel drive since 1992. And after the 500th car rolls off […]
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“You can disable ESP,” Alfa Romeo engineer Domenico Martino says of the 8C Competizione’s electronic stability system, “but we don’t recommend.” Especially not in these conditions. It is a rainy, winter afternoon at Circuito di Balocco, the test track near Turin, Italy, home of Alfa Romeo’s parent company, Fiat, and Martino is providing a crash […]
The Gift A rebuilt and fully restored Zagato-bodied supercharged racecar of the type that once dominated European open-road competitions. $1.2 million From the acronym of Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, the founding company, and the name of Nicola Romeo, an early owner, came Alfa Romeo. Coachbuilders Zagato and James Young, driving champions Tazio Nuvolari and Juan […]
The Gift One of the fewer than 99 coupes that are bound for the United States. — High-speed-driving lessons on the Balocco test track near Turin, Italy. $300,000 Alfa Romeo’s 8C Competizione has been a runaway runway supermodel, from its introduction as a concept car at the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show to its appearance at […]