Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera showed off its modern-day Disco Volante concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and now the retro car is going into limited production.
The Disco Volante is based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione supercar, yet its bodywork has been carefully crafted to pay homage to the 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante (pictured below). (The name is Italian for "flying saucer.") The carbon-fiber skin features unusual front fenders which cover the tops of the wheels, while the narrow nose tapers in ahead of the wheels. The roofline sweeps down dramatically and leads to the tapered, pointed tail. Much of the aluminum frame and carbon-fiber passenger cell of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizioneis unchanged, although the doors, roof panels, and C-pillars have all been tweaked to craft the Disco Volante. Interior touches include red LED ambient lights, black Alcantara seats, and airplane-inspired controls for the dashboard and instruments.
Beneath the skin, all the mechanical parts are identical to an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. A 4.7-liter V-8 engine delivers 450 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels by way of a six-speed semi-automatic transmission. Alfa Romeo predicts a 0-to-62-mph sprint of 4.2 seconds, a top speed of 181 mph, and combined fuel economy of just 15 mpg.
Although the Disco Volante is going into production and is road-legal in Europe, it will be an extremely rare car. Buyers must send their Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione to the Touring Superleggera factory in Milan, Italy, and then wait six months while it is transformed into a Disco Volante. Prices for the conversion are "on demand," which suggests it's no small number.
Source: Alfa Romeo