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Geneva 2012: Alfa Disco Volante
It’s back! Carrozzeria Touring’s mental fifties Disco Volante - that’s flying saucer in Italian - gets remixed for this year’s Geneva motor show.
Like its forbear, it’s an off-the-peg Alfa Romeo - the completely-sold-out 8C Competizione in this case - that’s been rebodied with a hand-beaten aluminium husk. Unlike the original, there are some carbon fibre bits and it won’t be used for racing.
Instead of the track-focused hellion of yore, the Milan-based coachbuilder (which also invented Superleggera lightweight construction, as it goes) has created this rather pretty chap’s grand tourer. It doffs its hat to the ‘52 original with a boattail rump, tiny rear lamps, shrouded front wheel and a chrome pinstripe.
All of the oily bits are lifted from a “normal” 8C. That means there’s a 450bhp 4.7-litre V8 - built at the Ferrari factory, no less - automated manual ‘box, top speed of 181mph and 4.2sec 0-62mph time hiding under the skin.
Rumours suggest that a very limited number will be sold (Touring only made three of the original C52 DVs) for what we can only assume will be considerably more than the £111k 8C.
Prefer this to the original Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, TopGear.comrades?