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Carrozzeria Touring Unveils Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider

Rolling sumptuousness.

Following in the footsteps of their stunningly beautiful Alfa Romeo Disco Volante coupe in 2013, design house Carrozzeria Touring unveiled a new drop-top variant at the 2016 Geneva auto show.

 

Like the hardtop Disco that debuted in 2013, the new Spider evokes the spirit and design of the tremendously attractive 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 "Disco Volante" series. These cars were designed in conjunction with both Carrozzeria and Alfa to explore aerodynamics and new racing technology.

 

 

Beginning with the bones of an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Spider, car is stripped down to a bare rolling chassis, with the 8C's space-frame, cowl, firewall, and the central carbon cell remaining. Carozzeria wraps this backbone in hand-beaten aluminum, along with carbon fiber used for the front bumper, grille, hood, side-skirts, trunk lid, windscreen frame, and the removable targa roof. That's right, the Disco Volante drops the 8C Spider's power-folding cloth roof, removing both the mechanical complexity and a fair bit of weight as well.

 

 

The new Disco Volante Spider retains the same powertrain as the 8C, with 444 hp pushed out from the Maserati-sourced 4.7-liter V-8 engine. This means the Disco Spider rushes to 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 181 mph.

 

So, now might be the best time to dust-off any extra 8C Spiders you have sitting in a shed. Carrozzeria says they will make a total of seven cars, with a six month lead time from when the 8C enters the factory to the Disco delivery. No words on price yet, but figuring the going price of a donor Alfa 8C Spider, it won't be cheap.

 

Take a look at the sublime Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider in the photo gallery below.