The World’s fastest Alfa Romeo: 190mph 600bhp 8C Spider
By Jack Martin
May 3, 2011
Alfa Romeo was once one of the elite performance brands, winning the inaugural world racing championship in 1928 and the first two Formula One Championships in the 1950s. Nuvolari and Fangio are the most celebrated of the marque's race drivers, though one young racer founded a car company based on his Alfa Romeo Racing Team and went on to make a name for himself in another field – Enzo Ferrari. Though Alfa remains an driver's' brand, it is the pin-sharp handling rather than ultra horsepower that has been its forte in recent decades, with its performance flagship being the limited edition Alfa Romeo 8C, which runs the 4.7 liter V8 powertrain of the Maserati GT (both companies are owned by Fiat).
Borrowing technology from its sister company Novitec Tridente, which tunes Maseratis, German tuner Novitec decided to build a supercharger conversion to boost performance of the 8C, and in doing so, has created the fastest Alfa in the world.
The kit sells for EUR 19,900 (US$29,400) and will turn your nimble 450 bhp Alfa Romeo 8C Spider (or Coupe) into a firebreathing 600 bhp powerhouse, pushing peak torque to 588 Nm at 5,400 rpm.
The supercharged 8C's 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) time is now just 3.9 seconds and though top speed is up from 180 mph to 190 mph (290 km/h to 305 km/h), it gets there a lot faster.
The high-tech supercharger conversion for the 4.7-liter V8 was modified to fit into the space under the hood of the Alfa Romeo 8C.
The supercharger is limited to a maximum boost of 0.37 bar, uses a water-to-air intercooler has a dedicated radiator and custom injectors.