Friday, September 2, 2011

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione – Very Limited Edition

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione which means competition in Italian is a piece of art produced by Alfa Romeo. The Italian car maker first introduced the car as a concept car with 3.0 liter engine at the Frankfurt Motor Show and only available to selected individuals 4 years later in 2007.

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is powered by 8 cylinder 90 degree V engine which given the 8C in the name. The 4,691 liter engine is capable of producing 450 bhp at 7000 rpm and peak at around 7500 rpm. The engine can propel the 1,585 kg car from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4.2 second while the top speed is 290 km/hr.

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is equipped with a transaxle system allowing it to distribute its weight evenly throughout the body providing full stability and response. The V8 engine is located directly behind the front wheel while the gearbox is housed inside the rear axle. It also has a computer controlled 6 speed electro hydraulic sequential gearbox which allows changing gears using the levers behind the steering wheel just like the formula 1 car. This gears lever has 5 mode depending on the terrain and driving style such as Manual-Normal, Manual-Sport, Automatic-Normal, Automatic-Sport and Wet modes. The gearbox can shift in 175 milliseconds when using Sport mode

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione chassis is made of steel made by Italian company ITCA Produzione, providing torsional stiffness for better suspension. The rear and front suspension is using wishbone system. For the tire the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione uses 20 inch P Zero Corsa racing tires, 245/35 at the front and 285/35 at the rear with specially made fluoformed perforated aluminum rims for sporting use as well as style.
The body is made of carbon fiber for light weight and painted using special technique using first coat of base color and second coat of colored mica particles which gives it the luminosity and the last coat of color is then applied for more full and translucent looks.
On the safety side, the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione has a 6 piston fixed caliper brakes at the front and 4 piston brakes at the rear. This massive brake has a stopping distance of only 32 meters when stopped from speeding up at around 100 km/hr.
The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione interior as expected with luxury and limited edition sports car is made fully of carbon fiber, aluminum or high quality leather with hand stitches branding. The sports style seat is designed to provide maximum lateral support for the driver and its passenger. Upholsteries are available in red, titanium, tan and black.

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione was assembled at Alfa Romeo/ Maserati factory in Modena Italy and was only produced 500 unit of the supercar. Those 500 sold out even before it was produced and was purchased by celebrities and very rich individual. The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is available in Alfa red, Competition Red, Black or Yellow.

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