Novitec’s Alfa Romeo 8C Spider

Novitec Alfa Romeo 8C Spider

The new Alfa Romeo 8C Spider is one gorgeous machine, affirming that there are still folks like Wolfgang Egger around who can create beautiful automobiles (even if they cost over $300K).

German tuner Novitec Rosso was smart enough not to fool with the 8C’s styling, except for bigger wheels and a “fully customized” interior. So, as you can tell, this car is an exercise in European Fiat-ism. I mean the mechanicals are sourced from Maserati (and probably elsewhere), but there is old-fashioned Italian craftsmanship as well. And Novitec is surely one of the top tuners of Italian cars.

Despite the workings of globalization, Fiat/Alfa can still turn out unique cars of the highest caliber. Their design and engineering take a back seat to no one, and this car proves it.

Still, there are Alfa purists around who would quibble. I met one not long ago, a guy who owned two cars from the ‘60s and ‘70s. He maintained that when Fiat took over, that was the end of Alfa—of the real Alfas, that is. And he lectured a friend, unsolicited, for about an hour on the history and virtues of the true marque.

I poured myself another drink and finally fled. As a former Alfa owner, I too have an attachment to the brand and its history, but that is no basis on which to judge the company’s current cars.

Novitec calls the 8C Spider “the world’s fastest and most powerful street-legal Alfa Romeo.” Others have praised the stock 8C Spider for its power, handling and balance—as well as its appearance. The car even looks good with the top up (right).

The Novitec package builds around a supercharger for the 4.7-liter Maserati V8 that boosts output 33 percent to 591 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. The result is a 0-62 mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph. There are also suspension mods, a new exhaust system, intercooler, and engine management.

Used Alfa prices are all over the lot. You can pick up a nice 1969 GTV, like the purist had, for $12-14,000. If you want an original 8C from the 1930s, however, they command some of the highest prices in auction-land. Last year, Gooding & Co. sold a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza for $6,710,000.

I’d rather have a new Novitec 8C Spider than a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza. Which would you rather have?

—jgoods

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4 Comments

  1. @
    Stig only speaks when Stig is no longer Stig. Ben Collins spoke, after he was Stig.

  2. @ Travis
    Well, everything I read about the 8C gives it high praise for handling and balance. See, for example, http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/car/09q3/2010_alfa_romeo_8c_spider-first_drive_review. Re Ben Collins: I wouldn’t go as far as Randy in putting down everything from Top Gear, but the guy has a curious history and had been involved in more than one controversy. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Collins_(racing_driver). The Novitech does add more power which, I suppose, is welcome when you’re shelling out over $300K for an automobile. Yikes!

  3. The 8C is a stunning car! But I’d only own the Novitec version. The stock 8C looks amazing (one of the most beautiful cars in the world) but it just doesn’t have the performance to stand behind it. Not that I’ve ever driven one, mind you, but even Ben Collins, formerly known as The Stig, said it was one of the worst cars he’s ever driven. Right along with the previous-generation Dodge Charger. Ouch.

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