The original concept for the achingly beautiful Alfa Romeo 8C was launched four years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Only 500 will be built, and unfortunately all are now sold!
The name honours the 8C designed by Vittorio Jano, one of the greatest of all car designers. The 8C was the most exotic car of its time and almost enbeatable on long distance events such as Le Mans and Mille Miglia.
If anything the new Alfa 8C is more beautiful than its predecessors. Every curve is a drama, every intersection a point of interest. The 8C is a strange hybrid of old and new, comprising a steel chassis and self-supporting carbon-fibre body.
The 450bhp 4.7-litre 90-degree V8 engine is based on a Maserati design, derived from a Ferrari design. The gearbox is a robotised, six-speed manual with automatic and manual modes controlled via padles on the steering column.
Performance: Top speed is 181mph, 0-62 mph in 4.2sec, EU combined fuel consumption 17.9mpg, CO2 emissions 377g/km.