Over a year ago, Touring Superleggera wowed the crowds at the Geneva Motor Show with a one-off supercar based on the Alfa Romeo 8c. Called the Carrozzeria Touring Disco Volante Concept, the car was a modern interpretation of the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante from the 1950s. At the time Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera said they were considering a very limited production run. Well it turns out they were serious.
The transition from one-off prototype to limited production vehicle seems to have been fairly uneventful. The only noticable changes are slightly different wing mirrors, and different headlights. That’s it.
The 2013 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring Superleggera is built with the official endorsement of Alfa Romeo. Importantly, that means Alfa Romeo dealerships are qualified for maintenance and service of the car, while Touring Superleggera provides them with repair instructions and parts for the Touring-designed components and systems.
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Carrozzeria Touring, the recently revived Italian coachbuilding company, have just published a number of images showing their 2012 Geneva Motor Show stunner. Carrozzeria Touring announced the Disco Volante concept a couple of weeks ago, and at the time it was said to be based on the Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione. Well that’s turned out to be true, and under the hood is a 443 horsepower, 4.7 litre V8 mated to a paddle-shift six-speed transmission.
The styling of the Carrozzeria Touring Disco Volante concept is inspired by the original 1950s Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, however the entire design has been thoroughly updated for the 21st century, meaning its lines now nicely compliment Alfa Romeo’s current lineup of cars.
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Back in the early 1950s, the original Alfa Romeo Disco Volante was one of the most radical cars of its time. The name, which meant “flying saucer” in Italian, was supposed to describe the flattened and aerodynamic shape of the vehicle. Only four Disco Volante prototypes were ever made. The cars were based on the Alfa Romeo 1900, and the curvaceous bodywork was hand-formed by craftsmen from the coachbuilding company Carrozzeria Touring.
Carrozzeria Touring ceased to exist in 1966, and for nearly 40 years it seemed the company name would be confined to the history books. Then in 2006 the company was reborn under the name Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. Since then they’ve been busy producing and designing a number of world class supercars. Including the Maserati A8 GCS, Gumpert Tornante, Maserati Quattroporte Bellagio Fastback and the Bentley Continental Flying Star. Earlier this week they announced their intention to reinvent the Disco Volante, and unveil the concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.
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