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Superleggera Touring's gorgeous Alfa Romeo Disco Volante enters limited production

Superleggera Touring's gorgeous Alfa Romeo Disco Volante enters limited production

Thursday September 12, 2013
  • Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Superleggera Touring -
  • Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Superleggera Touring
Having been shown previously as a concept car, the Superleggera Touring Alfa Romeo Disco Volante has entered limited production with the backing of Alfa Romeo. The Milan-based carrozzerie has been building custom car bodies since 1926, and has clothed some of the finest British and European motoring icons, such as Pegaso, Ferrari, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Jensen, Aston Martin and Lamborghini.

The original 1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante sported outrageous Touring-designed bodywork in a quest to minimise aerodynamic drag. The radical design quickly garnered it the moniker "Disco Volante", or "flying saucer", such was its uncanny resemblance to the descriptions of UFOs in contemporary science fiction.

Today's Disco Volante is no less radical, and it too is based on production Alfa Romeo underpinnings, albeit the sensational Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione. Indeed, in order for Superleggera Touring to produce a Disco Volante, a prospective client needs to acquire and deliver a fully-functioning 8c to their workshops. 6 months later it will emerge, metamorphosed into the stunning Disco Volante. Aluminium panels are hand-formed and glued to the inner tub section which is mainly carbon fibre. This process adds rigidity to the body. The various sections are pre-assembled on a laser-measured jig and adjusted if necessary prior to final installation, to ensure that strict tolerances are adhered to. Final quality assurance is performed on a proving ground where the vehicle is assessed for handling, braking and structural problems.

The drivetrain remains unchanged, which means 450 PS (331 kW) of power and 470 N·m (347 lb·ft) of torque from the 4.7 litre V8. Mated to a six speed automatic transmission, the Disco Volante has a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 292 km/h. No kerb weight is mentioned but it's likely to be a little lower than the standard 8c Competizione's 1585 kg, given Superleggera's stated mission of lightweight construction.

Alfa Romeo dealers will be able to handle any technical issues should they arise, and Touring will additionally provide dealers with information covering the Touring-specific components that have been used in the creation of a Disco Volante.

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