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 |  May 18 2010, 7:49 AM

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The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is one of the most beautiful, and certainly one of the rarest exotics on the road. The classic GT shape looks great at any angle, and the 4.7 liter Ferrari/Maserati sourced V8 can make grown men can make grown men weep at a full clip. But sometimes exclusive isn’t exclusive enough, and it seems that Alfa intends to release a GTA (Gran Turismo Allegerito, it means faster) version of the super-coupe sometime in the next year, just in time for the Italian manufacturer’s hundred-year anniversary.

The new 8C Competizione GTA will lose 150 kg of weight, (bringing curb weight very near 3,000 lbs), and gain 50 horsepower, for a total of 500 ponies. No word yet on whether the GTA will feature any suspension tweaks, as the suspension seems to be the only thing anyone ever criticizes.

A single spy photo, above, shows what is reportedly the 8C GTA out testing.

Only 100 copies will be produced, making the GTA 5 times rarer than the “base” 8C, and we’d expect fewer than 20 make it stateside.

[Source: TopSpeed]

 |  May 17 2010, 5:11 PM

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Gran Turismo Allegerito sounds so sexy in Italian, when it really just means “Grand Touring Light Weight” in English. The name is banal, but the GTA products in Alfa Romeo”s lineup have always been scorching. The first GTA’s dominated sports car racing in Europe and America (until the Datsun 510 came around), and subsequent cars, like the 156 GTA and 147 GTA, re-wrote the book on powerful front-wheel drive cars.

The newest GTA models are expected to be found at both the lowest and highest ends of Alfa’s lineup. The MiTo GTA, a sporty Alfa for the common man, is expected to pack 240 horsepower from a turbo-four engine, the appropriate chassis tuning and exterior bits. The MiTo GTA was supposed to be out already, but the economic downturn of 2009 forced its shelving for the time being. Clearly, this car is important to Alfa and the company wants it ready in time for their birthday bash, and a possible return to North America.

At the other end of the spectrum is Alfa’s 8C Competizione GTA. With 500 horsepower and 330 fewer pounds trimmed away, the 8C GTA should be blisteringly fast, and stunningly beautiful. With an expected production run of 100 cars, don’t expect to get your hands on one unless you are rolling in cash, and on good terms with your local Alfa distributor.

Gallery: Alfa Romeo 8C

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[Source: Autoblog]