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Click on the Alfa Romeo 8C for a high res gallery from the announcement

After being absent from the US market since 1995, Alfa Romeo is finally coming back to America one year from now and they are returning with a bang! The opening salvo from Alfa will be the 8C Competizione, which has been appearing in Europe for several years now. Alfa is only building a grand total of 500 8Cs for the entire world with less than 100 of those coming here, and they will be the last of the series.

As part of the preview for this weekend's Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance, Maserati North America boss Jim Selwa unveiled the 8C for the first time in North America in final production form. Befitting such a low volume car, it will command a commensurately high volume price. In Selwa's words, it will be "somewhere north of $200,000." The carbon fiber bodied Alfa has a 4.7L V-8 with 450 hp passing through a six-speed paddle-shifted transaxle. Needless to say, there is no wrong wheel drive silliness here.

Under the glass rear hatch resides some custom fitted leather luggage, including a special briefcase in it's own slot at the back. The 8C will be offered through a limited number of Maserati dealers with the highest rated outlets getting priority.
After the 8Cs are all gone, the Alfa renaissance will continue with more mainstream models coming over in 2009. According to Maserati NA PR manager Jeff Ehoodin, the models that will be available will be announced at a later date. For those with a taste for Italian style, the 8C is a wonderful way to start.

[Source: Maserati North America]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is awesome, but I'm afraid some dumb rappers or celebrities will snatch these up. Hopefully Alfa's lack of "bling cachet" will leave these to the Ralph Lauren times. In the mean time, bring on the 500 Abarth for us broke folks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      this would be wicked cool if i actually stood a chance at ever owning much less seeing one, safe to assume we'll see other alfa's... can't think of that one in black i used to like
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's no Aston Martin DB9, but I sure wouldn't kick it out of my driveway! GURRRR!
        • 7 Years Ago
        THAT makes the Aston look staid in comparison.
      • 7 Years Ago
      AR this car looks modern. Lamborghini's look retro to me. They still look not much different than the Countach did in the 80s. Just look at all the new sports cars released from Aston Martin to Ferrari they all use similar design cues. If you like it or not, this is the new design language for new sports cars to come.
      • 7 Years Ago
      One of the most stunningly gorgeous automobiles being built today....but $ 200K+ is also stunning .......good for those 500 can truely afford a"toy" like this.
      Certainly makes a Corvette seem so much more affordable.
      Like many others, it will remain in my dream garage.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This has "classic" written in huge bold letters all over it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      pretty sure that's the most beautiful modern car i've ever seen.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I completely agree. May not be the fastest but dear god it's gorgeous!
        • 7 Years Ago
        old and Taurus looks, what planet are you on?
        This car is in an instant classic. It will be good looking decade after decade.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a beautiful car, but at 'north of $200,000' they will struggle to sell north of one per month in the USA. I've wanted to buy various Alfas on these shores for years -- currently the Brera looks good to me -- but let's not kid ourselves, an Alfa is a Fiat in a tux.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Simply a stunning automobile.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "For those with a taste for Italian style, the 8C is a wonderful way to start."

      Provided that you have money to burn, it's a wonderful way to start. I can't start out that way. :( I need the cheaper cars to come over.

      • 7 Years Ago
      i am going over to Meadow Brook right now to see if it is still outside.
      • 7 Years Ago
      According to a post on alfatalk.com there was a Brera spotted in Canada last Saturday night.

      http://www.alfatalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=18#18
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