• Oct 6, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

And with these words, the Alfisti shall rejoice: Alfa Romeo is finally back in the United States. While a full scale return by the Italian maker won't happen until 2009 or 2010, you can officially buy the Alfa 8C Competizione starting this month through one of the designated Maserati dealers tabbed to carry this rolling piece of automotive hotness. Check that, you can arrange delivery. Seems all of the 8Cs earmarked for the U.S. are already spoken for. So at least in theory, Alfa has returned. The 8C Spider open air version won't show up until 2010, but we really like the coupe enough not to be too distressed about the wait.

When the full operation ramps up, we are expecting that someone strolling into an Alfa Romeo dealership will be able to purchase not only the 8C Competizione and 8C Spider, but hopefully the hotter 8C GTA, the Brera and 159 or their replacements, the MiTo and 149, and whisperings also suggest a large rear-drive car possibly based on a Jaguar platform, along with a BMW X3 rival. Sounds a bit like Heaven. As always, we'll keep you posted.



[Source: Automotive News, sub. req.]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know. There's something about paying money for a picture... I just can't do it. Even when I bought my Porsche, I had to drive one multipule times in different environments before I was convinced to purchase one.

      I can't see myself dropping serious money on a promise.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You buy a Porsche with your brain, you buy an Alfa with your heart
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know about that one. A Porsche is more of an emotional purchase. Most people buy it because they "want one", not because it's a practical car. I would put both purcahses in the same category. You're paying 100 grand for a second car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        no I think you definitely buy a Porsche with your brain and an alfa with your vagina
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm so tired of the "Nintendo Wii" style of release now. Make very few so you can crow about how fast it sold out.

      Ridiculous.
        • 6 Years Ago
        In my business as a tour guide, when I want to take a night or weekend off, I just leave a message on the phone that "all tours are sold out" until whenever. People don't get mad, they just get competitive, and when they call later to make reservations, they're surprised and thankful that they "got a spot".

        I hope that's not unethical... I learned that trick from a restaurant manager that closes down extra dining space to make sure there's always a 30 minute wait. His thoughts? "Nothing attracts business like a line outside the door."
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is quite possibly the best looking car on sale today. I'd even venture to say ever! If I had to make a list of top-3, it would go: 1: Alfa Romeo 8C (in red) 2: Aston Martin DB9 (in dark grey) 3: BMW Z8 (in Navy Blue).
        • 6 Years Ago
        the z8 is only available used...and hard to find
        i agree with the first to but would add the amv8
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want a Brera please!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        same here
        this is a little better looking, but the brera is way more usable and affordable
        to bad we wont see this version and it will stay fwd=[
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah Me too!
        I hope we get more notice than

        Alfa Romeo 8C Brera goes on sale now in U.S., already sold out
      • 6 Years Ago
      Most beautiful car in the world. And then there's the 'regular' Alfas, some of the most beautiful regular cars in the world. Ya almost don't care if they break.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These things are $200,000+ apiece. How many did they bring over? 20?

      It's a nice looking car, but that's Lamborghini money! Heck, you could have a real Ferrari for that kind of scratch and with enough left over to customize your F430. This thing makes 400 hp, but even cars like the Mustang, Camaro, and base Corvette offer more for less than a quarter of the price. You might say it's all about the looks, but for $200k, they can do better than that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's rare - only 500 were made, body is made from carbon fiber, interior from CF too and partially from real drilled aluminium.

        And as mentioned above, all 8C's already sold out. In Europe some second hand examples costs Eur 240-250K, or $337K.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i believe they brought over 84 coupes
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is perhaps one of the most beautiful automobiles in existence. I want one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      holy crap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 8C is a work of art. This is definately going to be a collectors car in the near future. Its a gorgeous car, but at what cost? At about $240k, you can get other "pretty" cars for less. Heres my alternate picks:

      - Audi R8
      - Lamborghini LP460-4
      - Ferrari F430
        • 6 Years Ago
        I consider all of those to be awesome attractive cars but they dont have the same appeal to me that an 8c does.

        An 8c falls into the category of a 1969 Bullit Mustang or a DB6 Aston Martin. Its a car that you see and go "ooooooooooo" not because of who makes it but because of how it looks and sounds.

        You dont need to have see it at speed for it to be interesting. Cruising down the road at 45mph announcing its beautiful engine is enough.

        When I see a Ferrari or a Lamborghini Iam disappointed if they dont hit WOT but the others Iam happy enough to simply see them
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see one of these on the road!
      • 6 Years Ago
      As much as I'd like to see Alfa dealers in the US, I know most Americans wouldn't really understand the point of an Alfa Romeo. My father in law used to drive a 155, and I really liked that car. It wasn't fast, it wasn't too practical, and it spent tons of time in the shop, but it was really something special. The shifter felt great, the steering was communicative, and the motor was eager and responsive. As cliche as it is to say, it had soul.

      When Alfa comes to the US, I think they would do best to skip the MiTo, and market at prices considerably above BMW. They won't be outselling anyone in the US, and the people who would want an Alfa would be willing to pay a big premium. -- Personally, the 149 with 3.2 JTS sounds very promising.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think Italians understand the concept best that driving isn't supposed to be in a straight line. It is much more fun to design cars that are meant to take every type of turn imaginable. Yeah you can get a camaro, mustang, or a vette. Drive some mass produced car that can do a good 0-60. But for me I can't wait till they come back to the US. I know alfa had some reliability problems. But they also didn't have problems where other car companies have. Since 1910 Alfas have been fun to drive. I owned a 91 alfa spider. It wasn't as bad as it seemed. Yeah it had some problems. But atleast it was fun to drive. Has anyone ever woken up in the middle of the night with a glazed look in their face thinking one thing. How fast I can get in my car, and press the red line to 8000 rpms and find the quickest set of turns worthy of a car that has phenominal handling. You don't get that with american cars. Maybe with an bmw mercedes or an audi. I drive a VW now and its far away from fun. And I know a lexus isn't any closer. But above all I would live in a box to drive a car as nice as that. My old car had 115ish horsepower wich was plenty. I'd probobly have to wear a diaper driving or riding in an alfa 8c, god knows my stomach wouldn't sit right with 400hp it barely did at 115hp.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All it is is a far better looking Ferrari 612 Scaglietti . Red this car used would probably cost more than new .
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, but I figure if I buy stocks now and the market turns around, I'll be in a better position to purchase one in like 80 years. lol
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