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    Alfa Romeo Competizione

    Yesterday I was at my Ferrari dealership and they had a black coupe on display and for sale.It is only one of two shipped to the west coast. Apparently, the rest were sent to the east coast for sale.

    Here it is in red.

     

    http://www.topspeed.com/cars/alfa-romeo/2007-alfa-romeo-8c-competizione-ar13733.html

    I initially thought is was the California GT. It is rather small but does have a nice look. I would never buy one. What struck me was the shape of the front end and headlight. They curve toward the center of the car very much like the 599, California GT and I suspect the 142 once it is introduced. Also, the single round rear lights do not look very stylish and again I fear that is what will end up with the 142.

    Is Ferrari getting lazy in styling or is this the trend for all cars?Smiley

    BTW, my car still hasn't been sold. I am told they are have having difficulty selling NEW 2008's.


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    Re: Alfa Romeo Competizione

    nberry:

    It is only one of two shipped to the west coast. 

     

    One of only two black? Saw the reddish colored one driving in Seattle, sounded fantastic Smiley


            


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    05' C4S

    Re: Alfa Romeo Competizione

    No. Only two models were sold on the west coast.
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    Re: Alfa Romeo Competizione

    nberry, you must live close to me because I drove right past there the other day and saw it sitting outside the dealership
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    2006 Corvette Z06 ylw/blk

    Re: Alfa Romeo Competizione

    It's a beautiful car. The engine is great. But from what I'm reading, it handles and rides pretty awfully. Smiley

    Shame. 


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    ...the only thing stopping you, is you!

    Re: Alfa Romeo Competizione

    This car is beautiful! But there has to be a downside if it's a real Alfa ;-)

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    I have read that the handling is great... A beatiful car indeed but I would surely prefer a Ferrari instead.
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    Re: Alfa Romeo Competizione

    Jeremy Clarkson was not a fan of its handling characteristics
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    2006 Corvette Z06 ylw/blk

    Re: Alfa Romeo Competizione

    He is not a renowned tester, is he? He is an entertainer if anything...


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    Re: Alfa Romeo Competizione

    REALZEUS:

    He is not a renowned tester, is he? He is an entertainer if anything...


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    I rather enjoyed that   "if anything".  Smiley Smiley



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    fritz

    Re: Alfa Romeo Competizione

    I wasn't trying to make Jeremy into the gospel or anything fellas.  I definitely take what he says with a grain of salt, and his bias against all things American has grated on my nerves at times


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    2006 Corvette Z06 ylw/blk

    Re: Alfa Romeo Competizione

     

    It seems Alfa is trying Ferrari's business model: produce cars in low volume at a high price justfied by the low volume to make a profit, and don't worry about the styling because people will buy it because it's low volume and attract attention.  Smiley



    Re: Alfa Romeo Competizione

    Isn't Alfa and Ferrari owned by the same company?

    Re: Alfa Romeo Competizione

    bondmid003:

    I wasn't trying to make Jeremy into the gospel or anything fellas.  I definitely take what he says with a grain of salt, and his bias against all things American has grated on my nerves at times


    Your "or anything" still doesn't trump REALZEUS' "if anything".  Smiley

            


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    fritz

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    Yes they are

    Re: Alfa Romeo Competizione

    DavidSF:

    It seems Alfa is trying Ferrari's business model: produce cars in low volume at a high price justfied by the low volume to make a profit, and don't worry about the styling because people will buy it because it's low volume and attract attention. Smiley


    The 8C project was the idea of Antonio Baravalle, the former CEO of Alfa Romeo who reasoned that he would get far more brand recognition around the world by building an exclusive limited run supercar than from using the money on a marketing budget. He convinced the CEO of FIAT, Sergio Marchionne, that his plan was viable if Alfa were allowed to use Ferrari and Maserati mechanicals. The car was styled in house by the Alfa Centro Stile team and engineers from Ferrari and Maserati assisted in the cars development. It was only ever intended as a halo model to inject some glamour back into the brand and the styling cues from the car have been used on a new small 3 door hatchback called the MiTo (Mi for Milan - where the car was styled, and To for Torino or Turin - where it's built). I personally like the car but IMHO the styling should have been used on the current Spider/Brera models instead of on a very expensive limited run car. Had they used the styling on the Spider which sells at the £20 -30k range in the UK then they'd have had a sure fire sales hit I'd suggest.


     
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