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Quick Spin: Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione proves beauty is only skin deep

Imagine you're a male (Autoblog surveys say most of you are, so this shouldn't be hard). You've been invited to the Playboy Mansion for their annual Halloween party. You arrive, grab a flute of bubbly, get introduced to the crusty remains of Hugh Hefner and after a few minutes lay eyes on the most beautiful specimen of redheaded femininity the world has ever seen. You fight your knees from buckling, walk over and give it the ol' college try. Miraculously, you hit it off. She's entertaining, interesting and a joy to see and be seen with. One thing leads to another and you make your way... Read More

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    Geneva: Touring Superleggera Disco Volante is a stunning labor of love
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    If there's one thing Italian coachbuilders are good for, it's turning out lust-worthy pieces of machinery. Touring Superleggera pulled the sheets back on its very own effort in that category with the Disco Volante. The Alfa Romeo 8C-based creation, which was shown last year as a design study, bowed at this year's Geneva Motor Show and was inspired by none ...

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    Did someone really order this Alfa Romeo 8C with a General Lee paint scheme?
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    Yup. Someone has apparently taken it upon themselves to slather the slinkiest of Alfa Romeo models with the bright orange paint and stars and bars of the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard. Why? Because if you have enough cash to park an 8C Competizione in your expansive garage, you can paint it in whatever livery you damn well please. Details are ...

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    Autodelta takes on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
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    As far as Alfa Romeos go, the 8C Competizione is as exotic as they come. Still, some are looking for more. Originally, rumors surfaced that Alfa was working on a lightweight GTA version, but while we wait for that to pan out, Alfa tuner par excellence Autodelta is working on tuning the svelte supercar themselves. Few details are known at this point, but ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Alfa Romeo 8C GTA
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    We have an old saying: there's no such thing as too much Alfa Romeo news. With that in mind, why is the world's hottest Alfa sporting a "Got Milk?" mustache? Because the Photoshop warlocks at Britain's favorite automotive tabloid have no idea what the new 8C GTA is actually going to look like. Here's what we think we know. Alfa Romeo is going to release ...

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    Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione being recalled over ball joints
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    Turns out the Alfa Romeo 8C - or the U.S. verson of it, at least - isn't perfect after all. Due to an incorrect torque setting on the front and rear suspension upper and lower ball joint nuts, Maserati is recalling 7,912 vehicles in the U.S. They include the 8Cs that have made it over here (thought to number 88), as well as GranTurismos and Quattroportes ...

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    Alfa Romeo 8C Competiziones popping up Stateside
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    It looks like the rest of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competiziones are starting to get into customer hands since that first one was delivered to James Glickenhaus. Last weekend at Motor4Toys we just missed a red one, but it happened to show up this morning at our weekly gathering in Irvine, California. The car drew a huge crowd, who universally praised it for ...

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    US-market Alfas could be built in Mexico
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    Alfa Romeo is returning to the US market in about a year, offering the zooty 8C Competizione and 8C Spider atop a range of less spectacular offerings. While the top-end 8Cs will probably be Italian emigres, the 149 and 169 sedans could be put together in Mexico. Alfa doesn't have a hard and fast decision yet, and could pick another site, even one in North ...

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    Geneva 2008: Bertone B.A.T. 11's clandestine debut
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    Bertone's not officially exhibiting at Geneva this year, as the company is going through some upheaval, but it still made a splash in Switzerland. The B.A.T. 11, paying direct homage to the original B.A.T. concepts, was unveiled in Geneva at the AutoDesignNight event. The car was commissioned by Gary Kaberle, and you'd never know that there's an Alfa Romeo ...

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    Alfa prices the 8C Competizione at ???159k
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    At long last, Alfa Romeo has confirmed the European pricing for its halo supercar, the achingly gorgeous 8C Competizione, with an MSRP of €159,300. As Alfa Romeo previously announced, 99 examples of the total production run of 500 will be reserved for customers in the United States, where the 8C will be leading the company's return to the American ...

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    Dyno Dino: Baby Ferrari test mule spotted
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    "We are not developing a cheap Ferrari" is the oft-repeated party line in Maranello. "Just don't look over there," might as well be the next, as spy shots have turned up yet again suggesting that Ferrari is indeed developing an "entry-level" model to slot in the company's line-up below the F430. The latest photos show a developmental test mule on the ...

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    Latest: Alfa Romeo to produce 8C Spider in 2008
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    Following the initial confirmation from Alfa Romeo that the drop-dead-sell-my-soul-and-both-kidneys-gorgeous 8C Competizione was going into production, however limited, the temporarily satiated hearts and minds of Italian sportscar fans (and really, who isn't a fan of Italian sportscars?) turned to the next obvious question: what about its equally ...

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    Spy Shots: Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione caught at the 'Ring
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    Alfa Romeo's voluptuous 8C Competizione is currently undergoing the now obligatory rite of passage for any new performance car - hot-lapping the Nurburgring - and World Car Fans has spy shots of the event. Artfully camouflaged with duct tape, the test mule carries larger wing mirrors and a front fascia with noticeably larger openings than the show car ...

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    Maserati wants the 8C to reintroduce America to Alfa Romeo
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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 ...

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    Alfa Romeo 8C Daytona Prototype by Picchio
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    The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is clearly an object of desire, but what if it lived up to its literal name by breeding a competition automobile? Picchio has come up with the answer in the form of its new Daytona prototype. The car is being created by Europe's only Grand Am-certified manufacturer in order to fill an anticipated demand emerging from new ...

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    VIDEO: the dramatic Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
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    The production version of Alfa Romeo's sensuous 8C Competizione coupe made its debut at the Paris Motor Show. While our excitement continues to grow for Alfa's planned re-emergence into the North American market, the celebrated Italian marque has graced us with yet another video of its unspeakably beautiful sports car. This two-minute video is ...

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    Paris Motor Show World Premiere: Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
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    Autoblog's John Neff just reported in from Paris, and the word is "GORGEOUS." So desirable it's locked in a box surrounded by bodyguards! There aren't many out there who don't love the Alfa 8C, but John is one of the first to see it in the flesh. And this was what he had to say, "Gorgeous car, metallic sex." We have already reported on the 8C a few times, ...

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    Video: Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
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    See 8C. See 8C run. Run, 8C, run! Alfa Romeo's gorgeous 8C Competizione – in full production form – is launching imminently at the Paris Motor Show. To hold you over and satiate your craving for beautiful Italian styling, we offer this video. Watch and enjoy the stunning 8C in motion – words just don't do it justice, anyway. Stay ...

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    More insight into new Alfa Romeo 149
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    This just in from Info Motori: some concept sketches of Alfa Romeo's upcoming 147-replacement, the 149. OK, so they are just a few more illustrations to go along with the dozen or so others floating around out there, but with Alfa poised for a U.S. comeback and products like the 8C and Brera out there, Alfa is one of our favorite topics of conversation ...

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    Paris Preview: Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione hits the web
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    The production version of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione makes its debut in a couple of weeks at the Paris auto show, but thanks to Spanish site km77.com, photos and details are out on the web for all to see.The car is driven by a Maserati-sourced aluminum 4.7L V8 making 450 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of twist. A six-speed gearbox with paddle shifters ...

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    Drive the Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione!
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    Why wait until you pull together your first million - starting this fall you can drive Alfa Romeo's forthcoming coupe regardless of your credit rating - in Atari's Test Drive Unlimited online racing game.Atari has announced that Alfa's 8c Competizione (shown above, in the game's virtual Hawaii) has been added to the game's portfolio of more than 125 ...

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