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Christopher Bruce2013-09-12 14:11:06

Touring Ready to Build Disco Volantes for Interested Buyers

Each car is built to order from an Alfa Romeo 8C donor car

Touring first showed the car at the Geneva Motor Show in March

Milanese coachbuilder Touring Superleggera first introduced its new Disco Volante at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and now it is ready to actually start building them for customers. The cars are meant as a celebration and rebirth of the original 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 Disco VolanteC52 Disco Volante Coupé 1900Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Vola...Italy, 1952 > 19531 photo

The original car was based in an Alfa Romeo 1900 C1900 C SprintAlfa Romeo 1900 C SprintItaly, 1951 > 195818 photos
with a reworked tubular chassis and aluminum body. Disco Volante means flying saucer in Italian, and it sums up the car’s looks quite well.

The 2013 Disco Volante is based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione8c CompetizioneAlfa Romeo 8c CompetizioneItaly, 2007 > 20094 photos
and anyone who wants one will have to donate an 8C as a donor car. The Disco Volante is mechanically identical to the 8C with the same 4.7-liter V8, suspension and monocoque. Acceleration and top speed are the same 4.2 seconds to 100km/h and 182mph at the standard 8C.

The real beauty and craftsmanship comes in the body of the Disco Volante, and each car takes 4,000 hours to complete.

The new Disco Volante looks like a modern, smoothed interpretation of the original car. The front of the car has a stretched oval shape with the Alfa Romeo shield in the center. The same shape is echoed in the rear with the taillights echoing the shape of the headlights. The exhaust exits are tipped diagonally to create lines to widen the car. The top is a mostly glass canopy. The body panels are made from a mix of hand-formed aluminum panels and carbon fiber.

The interior is left mostly the same as the 8C but gets leather the same color as the exterior and black Alcantara. If buyers prefer, they can modify the interior further.

The Disco Volantes are purely built to order and have received approval has a small series road car by the EU. Touring Superleggera will not disclose even base prices for the car. It guarantees that each order will be fulfilled within six months of receiving the 8C donor car. Because the mechanicals remain intact, service can be done at Alfa RomeoAlfa RomeoAlfa RomeoItaly, 1910 > present108 models
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These cars are sure to become collector’s items in the future with their combination of beauty and rarity. Touring Superleggera to build as many as people want to order.

Alfa RomeoAlfa Romeo
8C Competizione Gen.18C Competizione Gen.1
8c Competizione8c Competizione
V 8 ( 90.0º vee)
286 cu in
Top Speed
182 mph
6, Manual
Maximum power
450 hp @ 7000 rpm
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel consumption (combined)
annual ownership cost
$ 1.855




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