The Alfa Romeo 8C Is the Forgotten Modern Supercar

In today’s world, supercars have never been as prevalent as they are now. More manufacturers are producing supercars than ever before, and there’s more interest in supercars than ever before thanks to social media and a strong economy. But there’s one supercar that seems to fall through the cracks: the Alfa Romeo 8C.

The Alfa Romeo 8C was a supercar produced by the Italian brand from 2007 to 2010, with a total of 1,000 cars produced over that time, both in coupe and in convertible form. Back when it was new, the 8C started around $300,000, and used examples still bring big money — when people remember it. Mostly, though, the 8C seems to be pushed aside in favor of other supercars from its era (the Ford GT and the Porsche Carrera GT), or more modern cars with better performance.

For those who need a little refresher on the 8C, here’s the basic gist. The car was initially shown in concept form at the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show, and then went into production in coupe form in 2007. Alfa ended up making 500 examples of the coupe, followed by another 500 examples of the convertible, dubbed the 8C Spider, which began at the tail end of coupe production. The powertrain was a 4.7-liter V8 with 444 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque, mated to an automatic transmission. The 8C’s top speed was around 185 miles per hour, and the 0-to-60 mph time was around 4.4 seconds — right on par with other exotic cars of the time.

More importantly, the 8C was generally considered absolutely beautiful when it went on sale, and its looks remain gorgeous to this day. The 8C also heralded Alfa’s triumphant return to the U.S. market, where it hadn’t offered new cars since the 1995 model year. The car was important, special, gorgeous and … now it’s forgotten.

I’m not exactly sure why the 8C seems to have fallen by the wayside, but there’s really not that much discussion about it anymore, so I decided to bring it back with a little refresher. Now that you’ve briefly remembered it, you can go back to forgetting all about it, and instead, dreaming of a Porsche Carrera GT like everyone else who thinks of mid-2000s exotic cars.

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