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2012 Alfa Romeo Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Concept


There was once a time when Alfa Romeo had a car called the C 52 that was appreciated for its exceptional aerodynamic qualities, earning itself the nickname "Disco Volante," or in English terms, "Flying Saucer."

That was back in 1952 and it’s safe to say that we haven’t seen a car quite like it since then. That is...until now.

In celebrating the company’s 60th anniversary, Alfa Romeo has teamed up with Italian coach builder, Touring Superleggera, to bring us a modern-day interpretation of the legendary C 52. This model, called the 2012 Disco Volante Concept, is based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione . It carries a unique aerodynamic design and is built with carbon fiber and aluminum panels that should make its predecessor proud. And for those wondering if the Disco Volante Concept is just a novelty piece, not only does it carry a stout Maserati -sourced 4.7-liter V8 engine that produces 450 horsepower, but there’s a good chance that we will see a number of units for this unique supercar out on the streets in the near future.

UPDATE 03/13/2012: Milan-based coachbuilder, Touring Superleggera, has unveiled a very cool promo video for their latest Disco Volante Concept. Enjoy!

Find out more about the Alfa Romeo Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Concept after the jump.

Exterior

Alfa Romeo Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Concept

Using an Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione as the base model, the 2012 Disco Volante’s design seamlessly blends the old-school styling cue of the legendary C 52 while also paying careful attention to its modern-day roots. One of the most distinctive qualities of the Disco Volante is its rear-oriented design, which is an homage to the C 52. More to that, the car also features an integrated front bonnet and wings that result in the vehicle possessing a dramatic monolithic frontal area. Combine that with a muscular rear end treatment and an overall teardrop shape and it’s easy to look at the Disco Volante as a modern-day interpretation of a classic model all while paying clear respects to its aerodynamic values.

Even as a car designed for today’s time, the Disco Volante’s overall look hides some subtle details that hint to its history, including the pronounced waist line underlined by the aluminum profile, the partly covered front wheels, and the prolonged lines of the rear section ending with those minute round-shaped tail lights that you only see in classic models.

Chassis

Alfa Romeo Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Concept

Because of its light and rigid structure and outstanding dynamic properties, the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione’s chassis forms the perfect basis to receive the totally new, coach-built bodywork of the Disco Volante, conserving integrally the rolling chassis and drivetrain. In order to stay true to its objective in building a worthy successor to the C 52, Touring Superleggera wanted a chassis that came with a front-central engine, transaxle transmission, and rear wheel drive layout to offer an optimal weight distribution of 49-51% between the front and rear axles. On all accounts, the 8C Competizione became the clear-cut choice.

Performance

Alfa Romeo Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Concept

The Disco Volante Concept is powered by a Maserati-sourced 4.7-liter V8 engine that produces a stout 450 horsepower and 346 lb/ft of torque and mated to a six-speed sequential transaxle gearbox with electronic control and paddle-shift gear selection. That output translates to a 0-62 mph time of 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 181 mph.

Pricing

Alfa Romeo Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Concept

No word yet on how much a Disco Volante will cost, but it appears that Touring Superleggera is looking at turning this into a production model on a per-order basis. In case you’re interested, you’ll need to send over an 8C Competizione to them and wait eight months for it to be delivered.

Competition

Alfa Romeo Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Concept

We’ll go out and say that we don’t think this model has any comp in the industry today. The combination of exclusivity, specificity, and client-based interest really makes the Disco Volante the true definition of a niche sports car.

Alfa Romeo Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Concept
LOVE IT
  • Retro body looks cool
  • Picked a good chassis on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
  • Impressive performance for a lightweight sports car
LEAVE IT
  • Made-to-order car
  • Too long of a wait?
  • No price yet


25 comments:

Yeah, it’s there at Geneva. I saw the pictures already and I’m disappointed with the result of the production model. The concept shows very aggressive and luxurious exterior, only to find out that it’s just one of the cars I’ve seen before; only painted in glossy red.

Yeah, it’s there at Geneva. I saw the pictures already and I’m disappointed with the result of the production model. The concept shows very aggressive and luxurious exterior, only to find out that it’s just one of the cars I’ve seen before; only painted in glossy red.

You really have to wait if you truly like it.

Wow! From Disco Volante design of 1952 built, it’s now going to be the Volante of 2012. Of course, we all expect it to perform better than its original version!

Its performance just matches its appearance; it’s unusual but appealing.

I’m glad I’m not the only one who hates its misconfiguration upon its revelation.

So I thought that this one was going to be actually great because of its out-of-the-world concept, but it seems like its body has sprouted weird extensions. It would be great if its figure is truly circular.

It only stood out to me because of its UFO-like appearance. Now that I’ve seen its full figure, I don’t think I like it still.

This car is retro, but it is very impressive when it comes to performance.

I was one of the people who got disappointed when this concept surfaced its full form. The long hood is such a killer.

The funny-looking car has to offer you Amauri the long wait before you can drive it. smiley But this car has an impressive performance, and it is lightweight to gain speed.

This is a funny-looking sports car, and what can it offer us aside from its eccentricity?

This is a simple concept where style and speed have been put together. Its name will etch out in history as this is one of the unique cars ever.

Well, that was disappointing. I thought it would be kind of more circular in shape, but it turns out it is sort of elongated. The rear design is sleek, nevertheless.

This model is looking retrospective. It is kind of frustrating that if you want to purchase one of these, you will be waiting for a long time.

I was one of the people most excited when the news about this came. However, this got me disappointed now as the shape of the car didn’t exactly come out as I visualized it to be.

It’s more like UFO.... I guess it’ll be the second UFO made by humans...

It’s a good concept for the celebration, congratulations. This eccentric futuristic car has a high performance. That’s what makes it more amazing.

Wow, this 60th anniversary presentation is a concept that is inspired the flying saucers. One of the reasons to wait for this project is that it will be made on full carbon fiber.

It’s a pretty good concept, and I’m looking forward to seeing this so-called flying saucer with the same details as it is designed.

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