In the early 1950s, Alfa Romeo, together with the help of Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring, was working on a series of concept cars used to test new technologies that could be easily adapted for racing.
One of these was the 1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante (C52), which was based on the road-going Alfa 1900 and spawned both a coupe and ‘Spider’ convertible.
At next week’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, the modern iteration of Carrozzeria Touring, will unveil the new Disco Volante 2012 Concept.
Images of the new concept, first picked up AutoForum
, have surfaced online, and confirm that the current crop of Italian designers and coachbuilders at Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera still know how to pen some sensual lines.
Like the original 1952 version, the Disco Volante 2012 Concept is once again based on a road-going Alfa Romeo, in this case the 8C Competizione supercar
. However, as in the recent tradition of Touring, the latest concept will be coachbuilt in a very limited run for customers in search of an exclusive, sporty grand tourer.
The new body dresses the 8C’s spaceframe chassis with hand-beaten aluminum panels and carbon fiber elements, all of them assembled by the artisans of the Milanese atelier. The Disco Volante 2012 Concept also maintains the mechanical package of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, with its longitudinally mounted 4.7-liter V-8 engine delivering 443 horsepower and 353 pound-feet of torque.
The 8C’s six-speed transaxle gearbox with paddle-shift control, limited-slip differential, double-wishbone suspension and large diameter, ventilated brakes should also add to the precision, agility and thrilling performance of the new Disco Volante 2012 Concept.
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