The 2013 Alfa Romeo Touring Superleggera Disco Volante



Alfa Romeo made several important moves to reestablish the fame of delivering beautiful and sexy Italian cars. First unveiled in 2012 at the Geneva Auto Show and officially announced to be produced in 2013, the Disco Volante is probably one of the sexiest and most audacious car made by Alfa Romeo and Carrozzeria Touring.

Wait, Carrozzeria Touring? Yes, the car in its guts and bones is an Alfa Romeo 8C but heavily modified by Carrozzeria Touring. Sounds crazy sacrificing a sexy creation as the 8C, but in the end, the result is just pure ecstasy for eyes.

Alfa Romeo and Carrozzeria Touring, this time, wanted to hit an exclusive customer’s line. People who were so committed to the Alfa Romeo’s concept that will pay the same money of a super sports car as a Ferrari or Lamborghini for a creation of this magnitude.

Those faithful customers, nevertheless, would have to wait and cross all the fingers to have one someday. The production of the Disco Volante it is both exclusive and reduced with the limitation of only 500 unit.

The Disco Volante is a pure visual joy and a true masterpiece. Each unit is created in no more and no less than 10.000 hours. Being said that, getting one seem a little bit expensive and tedious. But also, to have a Disco Volante you have to give away your 8C and it’ll be modified to built one.

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Let’s review this awesome car.

Powerplant and Performance


The Disco Volante is fast, not insanely fast, but enough for a lot of customers. Is not a Lamborghini or a Ferrari in term of performance, but we all know that is not the intention of Alfa Romeo. The engine supplied for this masterpiece will be a 4.7 L V8 producing up to 450 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 354 lb-ft of torque at 4750 rpm. The acceleration is awesome but not exhilarating as its Italians rivals, going from standstill to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and reaching a top speed at 181 mph.

All the power is sent to a rear-wheel-drive system, while the powerplant is paired with a six-speed electro-actuated sequential gearbox with paddle shift control and limited-slip differential.

Design Line and Interior


The exterior looking is sublime and its design is inspired in the 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante. That easily recognizable and their similarities are visible. The 2013 Disco Volante is a refreshed, futuristic, and modern interpretation of that 1952 Alfa Romeo C52, as expected.

The front fascia is astonishing and its tiny grill with a massive amount of air intakes for aesthetical and aerodynamic purpose fit flawlessly. The hood is smooth as silk, there is not a single irregularity in the surface while there is not practically a dividing line between the hood and those sharp and sexy LED headlights. From sideways, the car is completely different and has a dramatic line going from the wheels. The roof line is extremely low and delivers a truly sporty and athletic sensation. Probably the best of this car is the rear, completely inspired on that sensational C52 from 1952.


The Bottom Line

This is a sensational car. Is beautiful for any angle you look at it. The performance is quite nice and acceptable. Surely will give an astonishing ride. The Disco Volante is a clear sign of wealth and a sign of an elite taste for design. The only problem is the exclusivity and price of this beast, including the sacrifice of an 8C unit.

The price widely vary and it’s only available on demand. With only 500-unit limitation, each one will be built on request of the customer, only if he or she pass the requisites.


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