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:
The first Alfa 8C Competizione arrives in the States
The first Alfa 8C Competizione destined for the US market has arrived in Connecticut (USA). The handover ceremony took place at “Miller Motorcars” where the owner picked up the glamorous car: his name is James Glickenhaus and he is one of the greatest car collectors in the world.
Glickenhaus declared himself particularly proud of being the first American customer to receive an Alfa Romeo. Immediately after the official handover of the keys, the customer carried out a road test in order to appreciate the main technical and dynamic features of his Alfa 8C Competizione.
With a limited production of five hundred units, the supercar has been designed by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo (the Alfa Romeo Style Centre) and is remarkable for its moulded surfaces that are the ideal attire for Alfa Romeo’s engineering and mechanical excellence: a slender line that expresses all the beauty of a veritable piece of poetry in motion that harks back to the brand’s glorious past while also carrying forward its attributes of engineering and emotion into the future.
The Alfa 8C Competizione is equipped with a mighty 4.7 litre 8 cylinder engine that develops 450 bhp, teamed with a 6 speed robotised gearbox and immediately turns heads due to its unmistakable Italian elegance, an absolutely unique and unrepeatable style that promises the satisfaction of a sporty drive with full respect for Alfa Romeo tradition.
The other 84 examples of the Alfa 8C Competizione destined for US clients will have been delivered by the end of the year.
Turin, 26 November 2008