Alfa 8C Competizione Design Analysis
The Alfa Romeo 8C (for otto cilindri) is a stunning design, a fitting bolide to carry the Alfa back onto the U.S. market.
Alfa has been known to resurrect names from its legendary past, having already gone through â€œAlfettaâ€ and â€œ!750â€. The â€œ8Câ€ is for eight cylinders, but also recalls the great series of Jano designed eight cylinder cars of the 1930s–the 8C2300 and the 8C2900.
Great rendition of a Fifties Alfa nose brought up to speed and the modern age. Even single headlight per side would have worked but they succumbed to the temptation of cramming the enclosure with various lights & sci-fi shaped housings, i.e. space junk inside Perspex bubble like the Japanese cars that seem to have everything under the headlight cover but the kitchen sink. Great use of modern technology to get period look. Character V line on hood, leading toward grille is strong; almost XK-120-ish.
More kudos. Again a simplified rear reminiscent of the best sports cars of the Fifties and Sixties. Admirable restraint in only having one taillight per side and kudos for recessing them slightly. Dual exhausts per side are again like Sixties Ferraris. Indentation for license plate wasnâ€™t really needed, would have preferred flat rear valance with plate atop it a la Ferrari 275GTB. The aerodynamic device on the underside of the back is almost unnoticed–these didnâ€™t exist in the â€œclassicâ€ Sixties but are much appreciated now! Only sore point in back is reversing light and another small red light look un-integrated and very industrial.
One of the best side views in the car business. â€“very clean, with the smallest of door handles so as not to sully the flowing lines. Itâ€™s a good thing they added the side vent from the prototype concept car because it gives the carâ€™s side view some character, and itâ€™s a quality looking vent with its chrome surround. Chrome surround around entire side window area very good, even if swiped from Jaguar. Mag wheels have hint of round-circle theme used in some Alfa 33s. Crease on upper part of body side saves it from being mere â€œreplayâ€ of great Bertone â€œCanguroâ€ shape, adds to the interest of the body shape, even if itâ€™s already been used by Hyundai.
Instrument layout not retro, not modern, not ground breaking. Color matched and fitted Schedoni luggage option brings â€œgrand touringâ€ back into a GT car. Seat upholstery pattern a little dated, too bad as seats are carbon fiber, and deserved a more modern treatment.
That engine is awfully far backâ€”gonna require some dexterity to reach everything. But at least itâ€™s not hidden under a dumb engine cover. Would have preferred â€œrough castâ€ aluminum finish to engine intake manifolding, not black they have now, because black looks like an industrial engine.
This one is a home run all the way. It could be longer, for true gran turismo proportions but we can accept its stubbiness in exchange for lighter weight. It already tips the scales at nearly 3500 lbs. so another 1 Â½ ft. of length would have brought it to nearly 4000 lbs., not what you want in a high performance sports car.