Friday, March 8, 2013

2014 Alfa Romeo Touring Disco Volante

Inspired by the Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante that coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring created for Alfa in 1952, the boattail-like rear window and tiny twin taillights are direct descendants of the 60-year-old muse. Same goes for the long hood, short rear deck proportions that just scream speed. 

With the Alfa 8C's 444 hp 4.7-liter V8 lurking under that aluminum and carbon fiber bodywork, the sprint to 62 mph in the new Disco Volante will take you a slim 4.2 seconds. Maximum speed 181 mph. According to Touring Superleggera, each car will take some 4,000 man hours to complete. The 4,000 man hour process starts with one of the 500 Alfa Romeo 8C Competiziones built, which is stripped inside and out, while the actual chassis and running gear are left untouched. Each copy is soaking up six months of the company's time in the process. Only 8 copies will be produced. ( &

At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the production run version of the new 
Disco Volante was shown. Three examples have been completed so far. 
One in red, one in silver and the third in green with gold accents.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the first completed car was shown.




The 2012 Concept was a non functional, full-scale model.


1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante Coupe

In the midst of the 1950s UFO craze the original 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante 
was named 'Disco Volante' or flying saucer. It proved to be a very efficient design, 
enabling top speeds of 220 km/h.

1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante Spider

1953 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante 'Narrow Hipped' Spider

This one-off example had a 'Narrow-Hipped' bodywork designed for 
tight hill climbs for which the Disco Volante's wide body was not ideally suited.

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