• May 3rd 2011 at 8:00PM
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Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Kompressor by Novitec – Click above for high-res image gallery

Beautiful as it is, the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is widely regarded as a miserable handler. That could be chalked up to the 1990s-era Maserati platform on which it was built, but one way or another, the very thought of giving such such an archaic chassis more power to contend with could be the worst idea since New Coke. But that's not about to stop the boffins over at Novitec.

The German tuning firm has a penchant for tuning Italy's finest, and have this time turned their attention to the 8C Spider. Bolting on the same supercharger and intercooler as it did with the Maserati GranCabrio, Novitec has cranked output from the 4.7-liter V8 up from 450 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque stock to a certifiable 600 hp and 434 lb-ft, figures which Novitec pegs as good for a 0-62 sprint in 3.9 seconds (down from the stock model's 4.2).

The modifications applied to the sexy Spider also include a remapped engine control module and a variable stainless steel exhaust. No word on a brake upgrade, but you'd have to be even crazier to dial in that much muscle without the shoes to keep it in check. Thankfully, however, Novitec has tinkered with the suspension, fitting new coils and adjustable dampers along with Pirelli-coated modular wheels (21 inches up front, 22 in the rear) in silver on the port side and black on starboard. With all that power on tap, we can only hope the modifications to the suspension prove enough to handle it all.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Miserable handler? Puh-leeze... A Cadillac Escalade is a miserable handler...OK, so the 8C is not as accomplished as a 911 Turbo or a F430 around a track, but there's a lot of room under the creme de la creme to be very good and entertaining, or maybe it's simply a car that demands more skill than electronic nanny laden cars that do all the hard work for you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of the best looking cars of the last decade... BUT...the same styling cues do not translate well across the rest of the range. The Mito and the Giulietta don't sit well with me even though they are inspired by the design of the 8C. The Stig has zero credibility when he says that an Alfa based on a Maserati platform and a Ferrari-derived engine is one of the worst things he's ever driven. That sort of statement is only good to draw a high-brow attention from readers and make people who drive lesser cars feel better about themselves.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AB should stop displaying sex on their site. . . This car is win
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just love this car in this color and with the odd wheel arangement. stunnung.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really do have to wonder how a radiator gets enough airflow through those tiny triangle grilles Alfa likes to use, unless they put it somewhere else on the car. Even so, it's a rare day to see an Alfa that isn't a looker!
      Ferris Macau
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very Nice
      • 4 Years Ago
      But the Stig (aka Ben Collins) says it's one of his top 5 worst ever cars to drive
      • 4 Years Ago
      another Dan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Italian engines shouldn't be supercharged!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mel @ aWingThing.COm
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sexual Chocolate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honestly, I'd prefer the car without a blower on it. Sound > gained power, at least in this case. I mean, come on, a 8C is more Z8 than GT3 RS. (albeit looks better than both IMO)
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