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2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Review


Stylish Sports Coupe

A three-quarter front view of a red 2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

In short: A carefully-crafted high-performance coupe.

From its sleek, aerodynamic design to its 4.7-liter, 450-horsepower V8 engine, the 8C Competizione was crafted with one thing in mind—speed. And with a maximum velocity of 181 mph, the horsepower-hungry engineers over at Alfa Romeo seem to have hit their mark. However, while the coupe's wind tunnel-tested body shape may have been fine-tuned for an air resistance-free ride, those clean lines and dramatic curves aren't too hard on the eyes, either.

Warranty/Service: 3-year dealer warranty; 3-year paintwork warranty; 8-year anti-perforation warranty

Base Price: $240,000

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: 4.7-liter V8
Horsepower: 444 hp @ 7,000 rpm
Torque: 354 lb-ft @ 4,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight: 3,494 lbs
Wheelbase: 104.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 172.5/74.6/52.8 in

Brakes: front and rear disc brakes with four-piston/fixed callipers
double wishbone front and rear

0-62 mph:
4.2 seconds
Top Speed: 181 mph

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Photography: Fiat Group Automobiles Press

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