RE: Alfa 8C Competizione: Showpiece of the Week

RE: Alfa 8C Competizione: Showpiece of the Week

Monday 17th December 2018

Alfa 8C Competizione: Showpiece of the Week

An 8C you'll want to drive as well as look at? This might just be it



The further we get from the 8C's debut - 15 years ago as a concept, more than a decade as a production car - the more extraordinary the entire project seems. Nowadays Alfa Romeo, albeit in a much better place than it was, is focusing on SUV development, mass market saloon sales and, er, probably more SUV development. Back in the mid-2000s, the range was rather less alluring, the 159 a fairly ordinary replacement for the 156, the 147 soldiering on and the Brera/Spider combo lumbering - albeit quite prettily - onto market. The notion of a bonafide GT flagship, both now and then, seemed extremely unlikely.

But what a flagship it was. Sensationally pretty, nearly twice as powerful anything else in the range and with Maserati underpinnings, it was a dramatic departure for the brand. Still looks that way, in fact, considering what preceded it in the decade before and what's followed since. The 2003 concept blew the minds of Frankfurt show goers, so it was no surprise to find the production version was received just as well in 2006; so well, in fact, that 1,500 orders were placed for a run of 500 cars. No surprise, then, that the Spider followed up soon after to double that original production number.


The UK was allocated just 40 8C Coupes, all in left-hand drive, of which this car is one. Rare already, then, but made the more so in this instance by being black - the launch colour was Competizione Red, which of course has a link to Alfa's racing past, and so proved popular with buyers. Specced with tan leather and a matching luggage set, it's arguably as attractive as any 8C has looked. Who cares for motorsport heritage when black and tan looks like this?

Normally that would be that with an 8C; typically it seems a shame that valuable classics are kept tucked away when they're such superb driver's cars but, given the Alfa's reputation, that wouldn't apply here. It was never regarded as much kop to drive, yet everybody adored the styling. Why not keep it as a piece of automotive sculpture?


This 8C promises to be a little different, though. Apparently upset with how the car drove from the factory, the original owner spent Β£20,000 on the 8C's suspension to make it handle how you would want a 450hp, rear-wheel drive V8 sports car from Alfa to handle. According to the advert it is now "a dream to drive, being sporty but not uncomfortable", which sounds encouraging. All the standard parts come with the car, too, if originality is a concern.

Who wants standard when better could be an option, though? Think how improved the 4C was by some relatively simple updates, and hope that a similar transformation has been wrought on the 8C. It'll still look fabulous and it'll still make loads of noise, but now it might be something pleasurable to drive, as well as just to admire. Which does sound rather good. It's backed up by the fact this car has covered 17,000 miles, at least 10,000 more than any others currently available.


At Β£225,000, this 8C is priced in line with those cars on the market - none are less than Β£200k. While the Alfa probably doesn't look like a dead cert for immediate appreciation, it also doesn't look set to plummet in the coming years. Being left-hand drive makes it ripe for export, the lack of imminent replacement should keep buyers interested and it will always have rarity on its side. With this particular 8C in theory being the most dynamically sorted there is, it could also be one of the most desirable around - certainly looks that way to us.

See the original advert here.

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1781cc

Original Poster:

274 posts

42 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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To me, the 8C was this generation's SZ

Both gorgeous, both rare, both sadly out of my price range


thegreenhell

6,303 posts

167 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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Harry Metcalfe reviewed this car recently, and wasn't too complimentary about the suspension setup. Still a stunning car though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWNzeCiQBvM

Edited by thegreenhell on Monday 17th December 16:41

ElectricPics

758 posts

29 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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Gorgeous outside, but the interior was dated at launch.

carinaman

14,093 posts

120 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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thegreenhell said:
Harry Metcalfe reviewed this car recently, and wasn't too complimentary about the suspension setup. Still a stunning car though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWNzeCiQBvM
The luggage looked better in the video. Even luggage porn can't live up to the video?

WTFWT

753 posts

171 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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My old car...

Written about extensively here: https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=70...


shalmaneser

3,731 posts

143 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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thegreenhell said:
Harry Metcalfe reviewed this car recently, and wasn't too complimentary about the suspension setup. Still a stunning car though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWNzeCiQBvM

Edited by thegreenhell on Monday 17th December 16:41
To be fair one mans sporty is another mans uncomfortable.

It did look jiggly in the video though. Still, can't be some new springs and adjustment to the dampers away from being more road friendly, though?

Quhet

1,794 posts

94 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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I'd paint the wheels gold. Sorrypaperbag

Alias218

915 posts

110 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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Holy st that's a lot more money than I was expecting.

Matt Cup

1,308 posts

52 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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Quhet said:
I'd paint the wheels gold. Sorrypaperbag
Gulzar Edition

crit71

1 posts

130 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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"the 159 a fairly ordinary replacement for the 156" ......seriously 😂. The 159 was anything but ordinary. And the Ti version had epic handling and a chipped 1.9ltr JTDM was a fantastic drive with loads of punch.

Plug Life

978 posts

39 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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1781cc said:
To me, the 8C was this generation's SZ

Both gorgeous
SZ gorgeous? Is it you Stevie Wonder?

bloomen

2,997 posts

107 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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I'm not sure I've read many or any compliments about their handling. Looks like this owner agreed.

Weirdly I've seen three out on the road. They make a lovely noise.

Squadrone Rosso

1,794 posts

95 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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shalmaneser said:
To be fair one mans sporty is another mans uncomfortable.

It did look jiggly in the video though. Still, can't be some new springs and adjustment to the dampers away from being more road friendly, though?
The suspension on the car in the video was aftermarket.

Jonesy23

3,921 posts

84 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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I still think the red is the best colour to show off the shape. And it's a great shape.

As for the handling being a bit iffy and some of the engineering being typically Italian; try to think of any of the true Italian classics that weren't flawed in some way. Some of them are utter dogs of cars if you actually try to use them. Best to think of it as a beautiful object not as a means of transportation.


Bencolem

493 posts

187 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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WTFWT said:
My old car...

Written about extensively here: https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=70...
Should have listened to adycav...!

cmoose

45,343 posts

177 months

Tuesday 18th December 2018
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If ever a car needed a nice, meaty manual transmission, it's surely this...

NGK210

756 posts

93 months

Tuesday 18th December 2018
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It might be worth copying the suspension set-up from Touring's 8C-based Disco Volante, which seems to have worked quite well:
https://youtu.be/DxF9vFJezRA?t=150

1781cc

Original Poster:

274 posts

42 months

Tuesday 18th December 2018
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Plug Life said:
SZ gorgeous? Is it you Stevie Wonder?
I think it is, in a unique way, I agree it’s not traditionally pretty or sleek but there wasn’t anything else like it at the time either and it just blew me away when I saw it. It has its own charm and appeal.

viggyp

1,749 posts

83 months

Tuesday 18th December 2018
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To me, this is the most beautiful modern classic ever just like the Lamborghini Miura is the most beautiful classic.

These make such a lovely sound and as being based on the Maserati GranTurismo I'm not surprised. Agreed with the poster stating the interior was dated when released. I felt that way about the Brera and the Ferrari 612 when they were released.

NicoG

531 posts

156 months

Tuesday 18th December 2018
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That's more than £60,000 more than this F12B

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

I'll have the Ferrari every day of the week and the £60K to run it.