What happens when you’re in for the market for a rare and exclusive Italian sports car? You may look for a Ferrari or Lamborghini – but those are pretty “mundane” today, right?
One possible answer would be to resort to Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera which could build you one of the only seven units in the world of the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider. And you’re actually looking at a very rare model within a very rare series. That’s because the exotic model starts its life as an Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, which was only produced in 500 units. And then Touring Superleggera says just seven lucky customers will be granted the Disco Volante Spider. Of course the supercar will have its premiere during the Geneva Motor Show next week, the annual safe haven for any exotic manufacturer.
The Milanese coachbuilder is also paying homage to its 90th anniversary, for which they delivered the very exquisite and beautiful Disco Volante Spider. The styling is pretty much close to the coupe version that was outed back in 2013 and the true inspiration point is actually the legendary 1952 Alfa Romeo C52, with its “flying saucer” look. By the way, the two-piece removable hardtop has been made with assistance from Alfa Romeo – which had a go at the carbon fiber piece when it was changed from the original 8C Spyder fabric roof. The piece in itself weighs just 3.5 kilograms (8 lbs) and has a special storage compartment under the rear deck. Carbon fiber is also used for the windshield pillars while aluminum is also wielded in throughout the construction. The powertrain hasn’t been tipped away which makes us believe it’s the same Maserati GranTurismo 4.7-liter V8 source packing 450 horsepower and mated to a six speed semi-automatic transmission.