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Alfa Romeo Confirmed For 2008 U.S. Arrival

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Alfa Romeo confirmed for 2008 US arrival

Alfa Romeo confirmed for 2008 US arrival

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It’s finally official. Alfa Romeo will return to U.S. shores next year with the debut of the 8C Competizione supercar. Maserati North America boss Jim Selwa made the announcement at the unveiling of the final production version of the U.S.-spec 8C at the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance over the weekend. According to Selwa, the 8C will be priced upwards of $200,000 and only about 100 cars are earmarked for the local market.

Production of the new 8C will top 500 units for the coupe and another 500 for the convertible Spider, making it one of the most exclusive Alfas in history. Alfa Romeo cars haven’t been sold in the U.S. since 1995. Back then they were known for their unreliability and shoddy workmanship.

A lot has changed over the past decade. Today Alfa produces some of the most stylish cars on the market and has quickly caught up with some of its European rivals, although there is still some way to go.

The new 8C flagship features a carbon fiber body, a 450-horsepower 4.7-liter V-8 and a six-speed paddle-shifted transmission. Following the 8C, Alfa is expected to launch its 159 sedan and Brera coupe.

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  1. It will never happen. According to one of the last distributors of factory parts still in business in the US, they have done absolutely nothing to get ready. No parts network. No dealer sign-ups. Nothing. The word-of-mouth is that the dealers who are not just Maserati dealers, but also Ferrari dealers, don't want them. Too down-market. That doesn't leave much in the way of even a potential dealer network, much less one commited, and getting ready and eager to sell the "product" The shame of it is that Alfa does make one car that would, I think, sell like hotcakes. The turbo diesel 147. That car make a Mini look like somebody's nightmare, is very fun to drive and gets 50 mpg. Oh well.
     
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  2. wow, all that from some has been parts dealer? I guess he must have all the inside info.
     
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