Preview: Alfa Romeo 8C GTA

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Rightfully marking Alfa Romeo's centenary is the 8C GTA, the hardest, loudest, and fastest Alfa ever. It was designed to combine the best features of a no-compromise racecar and a road machine that cares about your comfort as well.

It clearly follows in the footsteps of the 1965 Giulia Sprint GTA. The 8C GTA is obviously the most extreme vehicle that Alfa has allowed to leave its factory gates.

Giving the car real grace and elegance are the 8C coupe svelte lines and design cues such as the aggressive bonnet vents and ice-white mouth. Standing out is not a problem as this car will surely capture everyone's attention. The styling is a nod to the firm's illustrious racing history.

The body panels are carbon fiber, as is the bodykit, which comprises chunky side sills, a road-scraping chin spoiler and race-style rear diffuser.

To help slash the kerbweight, Alfa stripped out the cabin and attached bucket seats, going for minimal features as well as carbon fiber trim wherever possible. Tipping the scales at 1,450kg, or about 150kg less than the standard coupe and only 100kg heavier than its premier rival, the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, is the 8C GTA.

To give it an edge against the Scuderia, Alfa has been working on its 450bhp 4.7-litre V8 engine. Alfa will likely do an ECU remap, along with lower-friction components and a higher rev limit to push power past the 500bhp barrier.

Due to its light weight and phenomenal horsepower, acceleration is timed at 0-60mph in less than four seconds. Top speed is said to approach 200mph. The 8C is known to be loud, however, a new triple-pipe arrangement similar to the setup on Ferrari's 458 Italia has been added somewhat making the noise less of an issue

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