2007 Alfa Romeo 8C

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The Alfa Romeo Competizione is a sports car produced by Italian automaker Alfa Romeo. It was firstly presented as a concept car at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show and later released for sale for the 2007 model year.

The 8C Competizione was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003. The lines of the twin seater are meant to echo the styling of Alfas of the 1930s and 1940s, and the “Competizione” name is a pointer to the 1948 6C 2500 Competizione, which competed in the 1949 and 1950 Mille Miglia race, coming third both times. In the 1950 Mille Miglia Juan-Manuel Fangio and Augusto Zanardi drove. It won the 1950 Targa Florio. A 3.0 litre prototype was built but not produced. These 6C 2500 models were among the last vehicles with links to the pre-war cars.

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2007 production version

During the Mondial de l’Automobile 2006, Alfa Romeo announced the production of a limited series 500 units of 8C Competizione. The production version is very similar to the concept, biggest difference exterior-wise is the rear-hinged hood in the production model. It was possible to choose from four different exterior color: 8C Red, Competition Red, black or yellow. The bodyshell is made of carbon fibre, produced by ATR Group. The carbon fibre body is then fitted to steel chassis made by Italian company ITCA Produzione. Final assembly is then made in Maserati factory in Modena, Italy.

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Powertrain

The car uses modified Maserati platform and powertrain (Maserati Quattroporte, GranTurismo) and also features a Ferrari/Maserati derived 90° cross-plane dry-sump lubricated 4.7-litre V8 assembled by Ferrari. The top engine performance figures may be summarized as a maximum power of 331 kilowatts (450 PS) at 7000 rpm, a peak torque of 480 newton metres (354 lbf·ft) at 4750 rpm (80% at 2500 rpm) with an engine redline of 7500 rpm and rev limiter of 7600 rpm. The V8 engine has variable timing in intake valves and compression ratio of 11.3.

The six–speed transaxle gearbox has computerized gear selection by means of levers behind the steering wheel and may be used in Manual-Normal; Manual-Sport; Automatic-Normal; Automatic-Sport and Ice modes. The gearbox can shift in 175 milliseconds when using Sport mode. The 8C has also a limited slip differential.

Performance

It is fitted with specially developed 20 inch tyres: 245/35 at the front and 285/35 at the rear, fitted on perforated rims in fluid moulded aluminium. The 8C brakes have been called phenomenal by Road & Track magazine, with a stopping distance being from 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h) in 105 feet (32 m). The official top speed is announced to be 292 km/h (181 mph) but it might be higher around 190 mph (306 km/h) according to the Road & Track magazine. An Alfa Romeo engineer also stated that it is faster.

Specifications Top speed 292 km/h (181 mph)
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 4.2seconds
1/4 mile (~400 m) 12.4seconds @ 115.4 mph (186 km/h)
Type V8
Displacement 4.7L (4691cc) (286.8 cu in)
Power 331 kW (450 PS) @ 7000rpm
Torque 480 N·m (354 ft·lbf) @ 4750rpm
Lateral Acceleration
(200 feet (61 m) skidpad) 1.02g

Scribbled on December 31st 2008 in Alfa Romeo, Alfa Romeo 8C
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