STORIE ALFA ROMEO, NINTH EPISODE: ALFA ROMEO 8C COMPETIZIONE FINDING HARMONY BETWEEN TRADITION AND THE FUTURE

Between the past and the future

The 8C Competizione is simultaneously a tribute to tradition and a prototype for the future. It was created in the midst of a profound process of reform in the automotive sector, as it prepared to face the new millennium. Upon its market debut in 2006, the 8C collected 1,400 orders from all over the world in the space of just a few weeks, and the 500 numbered copies planned were sold out long before even being produced. 

 

The Essence of Alfa Romeo

The story of the 8C Competizione begins with its name. "8C" refers to the eight cylinder cars designed by Vittorio Jano, which won races all over the world in the 1930s, while ‘Competizione’ 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.

 

Paying 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 mosaic of iconic from the brand’s 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 an entire sprawling 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.