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Alfa's topless sensation

2008-02-20 07:56
Wow! Once thing is certain - when the Italians style a car, they seldom get it wrong. Take a peek at Alfa's exquisite 8C Spider.

The drop-top certainly inherits several of its coupe sibling's features, including the snug two-seater cabin and killer looks. To add to its rarity, its production is limited to 500 units.

Of course, part of the 8C Spider's appeal is its styling, thanks to the designers at Alfa's Centro Stile.

Voluptuous curves, slinky lines and seamless creases, while functional (all surfaces have been modeled on computer models and subjected to wind-tunnel and real-world conditions) translate to an eye-catching design too, as 8C anticipates the design language of the next generation of Alfas.

Apart from its looks, this Spider's other outstanding feature is its roof. The soft-top is fitted with an electro-hydraulic roof mechanism composed of two overlapping sheets. The durable external layer is made of a multi-thread fabric, while the interior layer is said to have high sound-proofing qualities.

The roof is offered in several colours to appeal to well-heeled fashionistas.

But when it talks business, everyone had better listen. This Spider is powered by a 4.7 litre V8 with peak power of 336 kW at 7 000 r/min. It is mated with a six-speed "robotic" gearbox with paddleshifts behind the steering wheel.

Riding on 20-inch alloys, 8C Spider is fitted with 380- and 360-mm front and rear carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes for fade-free stops from even the most illegal speeds.

8C Spider uses a rigid, lightweight structure with a steel frame and carbon fibre body.

Alfa's latest stunner makes its appearance at next month's Geneva Motor Show.


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