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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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  1. Historically, beautiful art was not appreciated until many years later.  250 GTO, Gullwings, 250 California Spiders, D-Types, etc., were near impossible to sell because nobody wanted them.  You could have picked all these cars up for under $10k back in the day.  A Van Gogh?  Nobody appreciated until years later.  So it is often the case with great art.  Here’s an interesting fact:  There were NOT 500 Spiders produced.  The number is actually 336. (Long story!)  Reality today is Ferrari is making nearly 10,000 cars a year. Lamborghini nearly that many. McLaren over 6k cars and Porsche thousands more.  In the long run, exclusivity and beauty will win it.  With only 336 Spiders (which also have better suspension settings and carbon ceramic brakes) that would be the one I’d opt for!

  2. If they charged less elitist prices for these things they would go like hotcakes, If Chevy can produce a super car for cheap so can the Europeans, But like a Gucci bag it’s intended to be a status symbol not something the plebeians should ever deserve to own and this is coming from the likes of Lamborghini who had a humble beginning of building tractors.

  3. I don’t think we forgot about it. But I know when it breached the $300,000 range. Well really when it didn’t plummet in value like a “normal” Alfa. I just kinda put the idea of it away. 

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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