Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera brought the production version of the Disco Volante Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Inspired by the 1952 Alfa C52 Disco Volante, the 2013 Disco Volante needs 4000 man-hours to be built over the course of about six months, which makes it more exclusive.
Using an Alfa 8C chassis, the Disco Volante is powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine delivering 450 hp and bolted to a six-speed sequential transaxle gearbox with electronic control and paddle-shift gear selection. This means that it can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 181 mph or 291 km/h.
Moreover, the Disco Volante uses a limited-slip differential and a state-of-the-art braking system with large diameter, ventilated discs. Regarding the design, honestly to tell you we are speechless, the Disco Volante looks incredible and the headlights borrowed from the Ferrrari 599 GTB are quite interesting on this sporty coupe. The interior is fully customizable and features high-quality leather and Alcantara.
The iconic 1952 Alfa C52 Disco Volante comes alive again in the Touring Superleggera’s new Alfa Romeo Disco Volante. The new Disco Volante manages to maintain the classic form and proportions of the original, but it also ventures into its own futuristic-looking identity. The Disco Volante’s uniquely wide front wings cover the wheels while the shoulders are so powerful it encapsulates the thin rear end, thus giving the Alfa Romeo a timeless yet ultra-modern look that is attuned to the times.
Touring Superleggera’s designers have gone through great lengths to ensure that the Disco Volante has the power and aerodynamics to match its impressive bodywork. The rolling chassis and drive train have been conserved integrally in the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione chassis. The Alfa 8C’s, with its dynamic properties and light and rigid structure, comes with a steel space-frame that allows the Disco Volante to perform at the optimum level yet still maintain torsional stiffness.
Despite its attempt to establish a look and identity of its own, the Disco Volante is at its core still the Alfa C52 Disco Volante of 1952. Elements of the original that have been retained in the 2013 version include the engine bay and firewall, the frame members and the central carbon cell, the windscreen and cowl, the instruments, the pedals and steering wheel. There were a few tweaks here and there- the doorframes, the roof frame, and C-pillar- enough to give the new Disco Volante its distinct look.
The dashboard, though seemingly a replica of the original, is a work of science fiction and aeronautics in its look and design. This is manifested in the red LED interior light profiles, the instrument and control panels, and the seat adjustment lever. The interior features, such as its bespoke leather hides and black Alcantara, can be customized in accordance with the preferences of the customers who purchase the new Disco Volante.