Is The Alfa Romeo 8C Still A Great Car 10 Years On?

Is The Alfa Romeo 8C Still A Great Car 10 Years On?

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is still one of the most beautiful modern cars made to date, but unbelievably it is 10 years old now.

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So, a decade on, does this stunning machine still cut the mustard?

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Styled by Wolfgang Egger back in 2007 – who was also responsible for the mid-Noughties Seat Ibiza and several other Alfas – the 8C Competizione was always going to be a limited production supercar.

Just 500 were made, with only 40 reaching the UK – all being left-hand drive and costing a whopping £120,000 a pop.

The 8C is made of carbon fibre and has a fully fledged 4.7-litre Maserati V8 under the bonnet that produces 450bhp – which still sounds absolutely sensational.

Inside, it has seats from a Ferrari Enzo and, back then, looked as chic and sophisticated as if the Gucci styling house had designed it.

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In 2017, though, this has changed. The outside still looks crisply modern, but inside it looks a tad dated – especially the steering wheel, which looks ridiculously large in comparison to the rest of the cabin.

It’s so big in fact that it looks like it was lifted from a boat. The flappy paddles are also hilariously oversized.

Speaking of which, that gearbox is very dated. Watch the video and you can actually count the second or more between each gearshift – it’s painfully slow and appears very jerky in comparison with today’s double-clutch systems.

But who cares when you have styling that will turn every head and a noise from the quad exhausts that could wake the dead?

In our opinion it is still fantastic. It is still automotive perfezione.

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