Published on 07 Mar 2013 by Adriano
Following the introduction of the first concept in 2012, Touring Superleggera is at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to launch the first production model of the Disco Volante, a model inspired by the legendaty Alfa Romeo C52 ‘Disco Volante’, that first saw the light of the day in 1952 and then went on to become a proper style icon. The model present itself as a unique combination of craftsmanship, quality, innovative design and automotive history, and is immediatly available to collectors as well as sporting drivers and design aficionados.
The new Disco Volante is a rear wheel drive two-seater Gran Turismo based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione coupe and is powered by a front-central mounted 4.7 litre V8 engine delivering 450 hp and 480 Nm of peak torque. This unit is coupled with a six-speed sequential transaxle gearbox with electronic control and paddle-shifters. The Disco Volante can accelerate form 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4,2 seconds and has a top speed of about 290 km/h (181 mph).
Other highlights include a limited-slip differential and a state-of-the-art braking system with large diameter, ventilated discs. The CFRP is used for specific components like the front bumper and grille, the bonnet, the skirts, the boot lid and the integrated rear-window frame. The bonnet and the boot lid are sandwich-built with Nomex filler in-between to obtain a better stiffness/weight ratio and to dampen vibration and noise.
The original proportions of the 1952 Disco Volante were retained, resulting in an even more dramatic and impressive look than the styling study presented last year. The interior has a sort of ’spaceship’ atmosphere to it, with aeronautics that have been the inspiration for parts like the dashboard, instruments and seat adjustment lever. As for the upholstery, leather hides were bespoke manufactured to reproduce the exterior colour shade. These are matched with black Alcantara. Almost needless to say, Touring Supeleggera offers plenty of options for its customization.
The Alfa Romeo 8C’s steel space-frame and other structural elements were retained to guarantee torsion stiffness, high performance and the quality standard, although parts like doorframes, the roof frame and the c-pillar have been modified to match with the new shape.
The assembling of each unit requires 4,000 hours of manual work, and will be built only on demand. Touring Superleggera delivers the complete car in six months after the Alfa Romeo 8C is made available. The price of the Disco Volante is also available on demand only.