Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring
February 24, 2014

Milanese coach-building firm, Touring Superleggera, have built a supercar based on the Alfa Romeo 8C. The vehicle has been dubbed the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, 'Flying Saucer'. The model was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012, inspired by the original Alfa Romeo Disco Volante from 1952, an incredible lightweight and aerodynamic car from Alfa.

 

The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante specs

 

As the model is based on a Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, it shares the same 437 brake horse power 4.7 litre V8 engine capable of producing 480Nm of torque but the handmade bodywork is all new.

The 8C was never known for it's driving dynamics but the pace is certainly impressive, going form a standstill to 62mph in 4.2 seconds before reaching a top speed of 181mph.

 

The engine is not the most efficient, with a fuel tank capacity of 88 litres, returning only 12mpg at CO2 emissions of 377g/km with an annual tax bill of £1,065. With such figures, the vehicle slots into the Euro 5 Emission level.

 

Power from the new Alfa's engine is directed and controlled through a six speed sequential automatic rear wheel drive transmission.

 

The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante styling

 

At 4,620mm long, 2,032mm wide and 1,309mm high, the model sits on a 2,940mm wheelbase. Concerning it's size, the bodywork has been created using aluminium and carbon fibre to keep the weight down, mirroring the lightweight aluminium Disco Volante of the 1950s.

 

The modern interpretation has aerodynamic properties like it's counterpart but the design also incorporates wide front winds that cover the wheels and a shoulder line that moves upwards into a pinched rear end. To mark it out as an Alfa Romeo, the model keeps it's telephone dial wheels and signature grille.

 

Inside, the model receives a classy interior with LED lighting, leather upholstery and a range of futuristic looking dials and switches on the dashboard. Boot space on the model is pegged at 142 litres.

 

Each Alfa Romeo Disco Volante model built by the coach-building firm is built to order, with production taking six months once the Alfa Romeo 8C is provided to the factory.

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