The legendary Alfa Romeo 8C is set to return to the land of the driving by 2022, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced, taking the form of a hybrid mid-engine sportscar with 700 or more combined horsepower on tap. The model’s rebirth was announced late last week at FCA’s Capital Markets Day presentation, where Alfa Romeo was one of the key featured brands.
The new Alfa Romeo 8C will join a brand-new, front-engine GTV sportscar based on the Giulia sedan’s competent Giorgio platform.
For now, details are scarce, but FCA’s presentation did divulge that the new 8C will have a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, with a twin-turbocharged engine mounted just ahead of the rear axle, and an electrified front axle. Assuming Alfa isn’t misleading the public with the model’s naming, the engine will be an eight-cylinder unit. If we were betting folks, we’d put our money on a member of the “F154” twin-turbo V8 family used in the Ferrari 488, Ferrari Portofino, and Maserati Levante Trofeo.
There are few names in Alfa Romeo’s 108-year history quite so legendary as “8C”, which was first applied to a line of sportscars and race cars from the 1930s. The podium at the 1936 Mille Miglia was swept by a trio of Alfa Romeo 8C 2900As, and two of the cars claimed the top two positions at the race the following year. In 1938, a pair of 8C 2900Bs repeated 1937’s results, while an older, privately-fielded 2900A took third.
Decades later, the 8C name was revived for the 2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Unlike its forebears, this 8C was intended primarily for use on the road. It featured a front-engine layout, with a Ferrari/Maserati-derived 4.7-liter V8 under the hood. It, too, utilized a large quantity of carbon fiber in its construction, and just 1,000 examples were built – 500 coupes, and 500 spiders.