Alfa Romeo has been around since 1910. Â It has a long history as a automotive production company and racing manufacturer. Â Enzo Ferrari worked for Alfa Romeo before creating his own automotive company. Â Alfa Romeo did not come to the United States until the mid 1950s when Matt Hoffman imported an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which he had converted into a spider. Â Alfa Romeo then imported more of its cars to America in 1961. Â Alfa Romeo stopped importing its vehicles in 1995. Â Then in 2008, Alfa Romeo made its return with the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
Powering the 8C is a 4.7L V8 that produces 444 hp and 358 lb-ft of torque. Â It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and accelerates to a top speed of 181 mph. Â The cost for a car that marks the return of Alfa Romeo to America is $282,000 with all 50 cars imported to America sold in 2007.
The Alfa Romeo 8C competizione was review by Jeremy Clarkson of Top gear, saying that is car is a work of art. Â Motorweek also reviewed this car. Â Both reviews can be found on Youtube. Â This car was drivable in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Â Police got the coupe version, (you had to pay to drive it as a racer) and the racers got the spider version. Â It is also playable in Test Drive Unlimited 2
Final Thoughts: Â It is a work of art. Â There are no bad angles on the car. Â This is a great car to mark the return of Alfa Romeo in America. Â It captures the beauty, passion, and racing heritage of the Alfa Romeo brand. Â I cannot wait to see what Alfa Romeo brings over in 2012.
Photo taken from a camera phone
Originally posted on February 25, 2011 in the TGWTG blog section.