• Jul 24th 2006 at 2:33PM
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Apparently Alfa Romeo plans to make a splash in the upscale end of the U.S. market before introducing its mainstream models to the U.S. As Alfa Romeo's plans to return to the U.S. become more defined, AutoWeek reported Monday that the delectable 8c Competizione coupe will debut in U.S. Maserati dealerships in late 2008, followed by the 8c Spider in 2009.

The limited edition 8c will be based on a shortened Maserati Coupe platform and be powered by the Maserati 4.2-liter V8, which should simplify service and support by the Maserati dealer network.

The U.S. will get fully half of the 8c production run, currently planned for 500 coupes and 500 spider models.

Alfa's 159, Brera and Spider models will slipstream into the U.S. market behind the 8c halo model, with launches tentatively scheduled for the 2010-2011 timeframe.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Bad idea. This is a beautiful car, but Alfa has a stable full of beautiful cars and each of these they sell is a money loser for them. They need to conserve their cash so they can invest it in the dealer/service network. That's where people are concerned.

      And if you think a halo car moves cheaper units, ask a Chevy dealer how many Corvette tire-kickers drive away in a Cobalt.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's obvious - the added length will be for U.S.-spec bumpers. Too bad...
      • 9 Years Ago
      My '85 GTV6 has over 100,000 miles, no rust and runs just fine.
      • 9 Years Ago
      yes they are all awsome cars in the alfa line up its to bad that theve screwed everyone in the u.s. so bad, and continue to by teasing us so badly with a return. Ive heard this story for ten years know, who knows maybe my grand kids might get one of these wonderful machines.(Idont have any kids) get them over here my moneys getting old!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah, but... with looks like that, Alfa could name its price, at least on the 8C.

      $450,000? Certainly, Ms. Hilton, just sign the dotted line...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Just a beautiful car, perfect blending lines...no clashing (are you listening Bangle?!?!). Very elegant design, very classic Alfa. They should not have a problem moving these.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Am I the only one that understands and acknowledges the artistic greatness in his designs? I don't think I've ever read a good review of his design. And what because he went against the grains of "normal", safe design lines? The cars he designed were pieces of art. One of my favorites being the E65 7 series with the trunk looking as though it was placed over rear brake lights.
      • 9 Years Ago
      a 10inch stretch seems like an awful lot for just leg room...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Gorgeous! For those who can afford one, let's hope they're not unrepairable and biodegradable like Alfas were the last time they brought them in.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow- its the new Panoz! Bring the Berra (not Yogi) to the states for under 30 grand and there would be something to talk about. Actually I do like this car, but would probably spend my money (if I had it) on a 997 first.
      • 9 Years Ago
      wow. just... wow. gotta love the balls out approach to the US market, bring in the halo car first to garner public interest, nice.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I saw one of these in the flesh last week and I've got to say they look pretty sweet. Interior was a little cheap though, looked like they pulled it straight from the Brera (preprod though so they might improve it)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Introducing this car first, to the extend the line-up with the remaining models, is a smart move. Even if Alfa loses money on every car sold, the press coverage this model is gonna get, will give Alfa the start it needs to get a hold in the US.
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