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Alfa Romeo's Triumphant Return
One of the most anxiously anticipated vehicles of the past few years is Alfa Romeo’s sultry new 4C sports car. Since the first concept version bowed in 2011 this product has seemingly whipped all of automotive journalism into a froth that’s stiffer than the peaks of a baked meringue. This much-hyped and oft-delayed product is set to launch this fall and we had a brief opportunity to sample it.
Alfa Romeo has treated 21 very-special customers to a unique ownership experience. Last weekend lucky European buyers who purchased the special “Launch Edition” of the brand’s sultry 4C sports car enjoyed two days of fun in Italy.
Like a dog staring lustily at his master eating a steak dinner we’ve been drooling buckets of slobber, pining for the Alfa Romeo 4C. Upping this car’s sexiness, the Italian Automaker will supposedly reveal a Spyder version of it at next week’s Geneva Motor Show.
After a two-decade absence lusty Italian brand Alfa Romeo is coming back to the United States but not all Fiat dealers will be allowed to sell these exotic sports cars.
Novitec is proud to announce that they’ve built the world’s fastest and most powerful Alfa Romeo, taking an 8C Spider and equipping it with 600-hp and a top speed of 190-mph.
Novitec, one of the world’s premier tuners of Italian vehicles, adapted the supercharger from the Novitec Tridente Maserati GT, and outfitted it on the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider. In addition, Novitec equips the 8C with a stainless-steel exhaust, height-adjustable suspension and a 21- and 22-inch staggered wheel/tire combination.
To ensure the powerplant is safely boosted with the addition of the supercharger, Novitec also includes a water-to-air intercooler with dedicated radiator and larger fuel injectors with the kit. To put it all together, the ECU is reflashed with a new tune. As a result, power leaps from the factory 450-hp to 600-hp with peak torque at 434 lb-ft. The optional exhaust system is a quad-tipped piece that fits with the factory cutouts in the rear apron.
Instead of equipping the 8C with an aero kit, Novitec decided to simply outfit it with a classy set of three-piece NA3 wheels. Up front are 21×9-inch rollers while the rear gets a 22×11.5-inch set that fill out the wheel wells quite nicely.
Changing the stance is also a breeze from Novitec with a coilover suspension package that allows the driver to adjust both the damper and height of the vehicle. Lastly, customers can specify interior upgrades from leather to Alcantara in any color.
See all the stunning photos in the gallery below.
GALLERY: Novitec Alfa Romeo 8C Spider
If Fiat ever sells Alfa Romeo, says VW chairman Ferdinand Piech, Volkswagen could take the underperforming brand and quadruple its sales within five years. Ambitious? Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne certainly doesn’t think so.
“As long as I am CEO of Chrysler and Fiat,” he said, “Mr. Piech will never have Alfa Romeo.”
Marchionne suggested to Piech that VW should take care of SEAT, its ailing Spanish brand, before even considering the idea of adding another company to its 7-strong dossier. Piech had previously called SEAT a “foster child” in January, but had added that it was “growing fast.”
Overambition has never stopped Volkswagen in the past, however. “Volkswagen has time,” said Piech. After all, despite celebrating its 100th anniversary last year, Alfa Romeo only managed to sell 112,000 cars—well short of the 300,000 target it aimed to achieve with the new MiTo and Giuletta. A “money loser” is what Marchionne labeled it during his seven years with Fiat, claiming “I’m not sure if it ever really made any money.”
Hardly confidence-inspiring, but you can’t fault Piech for seeing a chance when it opens up, right?
[Source: Automotive News]
Noted automobile collector James Glickenhaus the first to take delivery
While Alfa Romeo seems to have put its U.S. expansion on hold, the company has decided to deliver on its promise to bring the stunning 8C Competizione to the U.S., delivering the first of 84 vehicles destined for the States to renowned auto collector James Glickenhaus.
Glickenhaus recently made headlines when he unveiled a one-off Ferrari Enzo-based Pininfarina P4/5. After purchasing the final Ferrari Enzo, Glickenhaus had it delivered to the Italian design Studio (responsible for many past Ferrari designs) and had them re-create the Enzo, taking inspiration from the 1967 Ferrari 330 P4.
The 8C was delivered to Glickenhaus at Miller Motorcars in Greenwich, CT, after which the excited new owner promptly took it out for a spin.
Limited to just 500 units the 8C Competizione is based on the same platform as the Ferrari California and Maserati GranTurismo and is powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 that makes 444hp at 7000 rpm and 354 ft-lbs of torque at 4750 rpm.
A convertible, or Spider, version of the 8C Competizione is already in production.
Official release after the jump: