It's been 60 years since the 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante concepts lounged on the stages of the world's auto shows, and Disco Volante of its own, a striking coupe that has just debuted at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

The modern flying saucer pays homage to its ancestors with flat-top fenders and a split grille. Even so, it's hard to miss the vehicle's donor. Not surprisingly, the new Disco Volante is built on the bones of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, and relies on the same 4.7-liter V8 found in that machine. As such, buyers can look forward to 443 horsepower pumped exclusively to the rear wheels.

That's right. We said "buyers." This Disco Volante will be available in limited quantities (the company isn't saying how limited), though expect to pay a pretty penny for each one. Touring Superleggera says each example will be coachbuilt to order. Look below for the full press release after checking out our high-res gallery.
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Touring Superleggera announces the Disco Volante 2012 to be unveiled at Geneva Motor Show

The international stage of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show will witness yet another world premiere
from Touring Superleggera. The Milan-based coachbuilder celebrates the 60th anniversary of the
1952 Alfa Romeo C 52 "Disco Volante" with a tribute to its sporting heritage, the Disco Volante
2012.

The 2012 Disco Volante is a static style model based on the space-frame chassis of the Alfa
Romeo 8C Competizione. As in the recent tradition of Touring, it will be coach-built in a very limited run for customers in search of an exclusive, sporty grand tourer.

Historically Touring was often prompted by the dynamic properties of the finest Alfa Romeo
chassis to develop groundbreaking shapes. The C52 is one of the best examples. Destined for a
racing career, it was based upon extreme aerodynamic research, achieving an impressive 0.25
drag coefficient. It was nicknamed "Disco Volante", or Flying Saucer, for its futuristic shape right in the beginning of the space age, and influenced the automotive design for decades.

The design conveys the spirit of the streamlining, sporty and essential shape of the 1952 ancestor, adding elements of drama, such as the unusual front width and the powerful rear wings, to the typical Touring paradigm of timeless design.

The new body dresses the 8C space frame chassis with hand-beaten aluminium panels and
carbon fibre elements, assembled by the artisans of the Milanese atelier to the customary world
class quality standards.

The Disco Volante 2012 maintains the mechanical package of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione,
with its longitudinally mounted, 4.7 litres V8 engine delivering 450PS and 480Nm peak torque. The 6-speed transaxle gearbox with paddle-shift control, limited-slip differential, double-wishbone suspension and large diameter, ventilated brakes ensure precision, agility and thrilling performance.


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      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can I be the first to say - that character line ruins the entire car.
        ThomasP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        I assume by character line, you're referring to the silver trim piece? I dont think it ruin's it. The original used a similar trim piece design to emphasize its shape.
      mbmorrow4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Disco Volante? Does it come with Domino?
        RJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mbmorrow4
        What?
        Carlo Sirna
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mbmorrow4
        "Disco Volante" is the italian for "flying saucer"
          FoxJ30
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Carlo Sirna
          mbmorrow4 is referring to 007 James Bond: Thunderball. The bad guy's ship is the 'Disco Volante' and the girl (incredibly beautiful, btw) is Domino. Just rewatched it a few weeks ago, it's amazing how many elements of Austin Powers were borrowed from this particular movie, rather than the Bond series as a whole.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who is drinking the Alfa Koolaid and thinks this thing looks like garbage
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        As a diehard Alfa nut, I agree. It looks cartoonish and oddly proportioned, none of which apply to the original
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the rims and lines, and imagine a drop top version, spider!
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too darned cool!
      Tiberius1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      To me it resembles the "GRX" from the original Speed Racer cartoon.
      nickms3
      • 2 Years Ago
      If its based off the 8C does this mean its going to cost the same as the 8C? If so, I like the 8C more at that price point.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      4 wheel vampire
      Dan Quasney
      • 2 Years Ago
      that pun in the headline was just awful
      ThomasP
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly, the notch on the hatchback bothers me more than anything else here.
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