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There are only 500 examples of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione planned, and 70 have already been scooped up in Japan. Don't worry, though-- Maserati wants America to get a taste of at least a few of them.

The $200,000, carbon-fiber-bodied 8C with its 4.7L, 450+ hp V8 might have trouble with America's emissions and safety laws, so "sometime in 2008" was as specific as Jim Selwa, head of Maserati NA, would get on an arrival date. Incredibly, the article mentioned that ensuring the car is "right for the market could involve details as subtle as cupholders." It will probably be much more important to figure out how to convince Americans weaned on Milanos and staggeringly-beautiful-but-perpetually-broken GTVs and Spyders that slotting an Alfa into the same price bracket as Aston Martin isn't an elaborate Italian jest.

[Source: The Car Connection via eGM CarTech]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Ya, at this price I don't see the car selling. Of course 10 internet players on Autoblog said they love the car, but even if they do, they can't afford it. It should be priced under $40 000 to get some sales, and still thats not a bargain knowing from experience Italian engineering.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The car is beautiful, and it will be great to see Alfa return to the US market. I have a hard time wrapping my brain around $200k for that car, tho. The last Alfas here (admittedly that isn't saying much), were the Spyder and the 164. Neither one was particularly expensive, in the relative sense, with the 164 in particular being aimed squarely at the E Class and 5 Series. The 8C just seems like it's more of a competitor to the Maserati Coupe, Jag XK, Aston Martin, et al, and should ring up somewhere in the $100k to $150k range. But what the hell do I know...I couldn't afford it at those prices either!
      • 8 Years Ago
      quite possibly the most attractive modern car i've ever seen in person, I simply can't get enough of this alfa's lines.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So that is what we're known for? Cup holders... I'm holding my head down in shame.

      Beautiful car. Can't wait to see one on the road.
      • 8 Years Ago
      if i had the money i would pre order one now. the most beautiful car ever made.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Guys, guys, guys... accuracy!! Alfa spells it SpIder, Ferrari uses SpYder.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hi, this beauty of a car uses the 07 duoselect gearbox now fitted to the 07 QP.
      The car is built by Maserati at Modena and the only thing on it that is Alfa is the badge. Still a georgous car and limiting the numbers is the only way to justify the price. Log onto 'www.classicdriver.com' and read back to back road tests of both the auto and duoselect gearboxs in the 07 QP at Millbrook proving ground last week. Very good news for lovers of proper Maseratis. Regards BJL123
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh man. That's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. If even one of those came across the pond it'd entirely vindicate the (currently dysfunctional) GTV6 sitting in my driveway—and maybe people would quit giving me funny looks when I told them what it is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Note that Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari are all now just brands of Fiat SpA.

      All four have reportedly made great strides in engineering and especially, in build quality over recent years. The Alfa 166 and the new 159/Brera/Spider also look gorgeous at more sensible price tags than the 8C Competizione. That said, there is still room for improvement. Reviews here:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7jlEZfFx6k
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7aT24hz8Cc

      @ Hooligan -

      most Europeans don't drink from open containers at all in their cars because there is a manual transmission to operate - the potential for spills and scalding should be obvious. Also, the suspension tends to be firmer so any unevenness in the road could lead to a spill.

      By contrast, cupholders are considered a must-have for the US market where cars have AT, suspensions are softer, trips usually longer and driving styles more relaxed (at least in CA).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Beautiful! I've been drooling over this car ever since I've saw it. I would love to see it in person. I'd love to be the owner of this car, and the spider version of it.

      The drawback to this car is that it's too darn beautiful. Imagine, you want to desperately drive it, but it's too darn beautiful to risk taking it on the roads. What sweet torture for any owner.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Jesus, that car is flippin' beautiful!
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