The Italian bodybuilder Touring Superleggera brought at Geneva Motor Show 2013 the series version of a model that will be produced exclusively by hand in Italy: Touring Superleggera Disco Volante is the name of the fascinating model built using as base the more famous Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
After last year the Italians brought at Geneva Motor Show the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante concept, developed in-house by the Italian bodybuilder under the careful guidance of the brand designers from Milan, the journalists and potential customers reactions exceeded expectations. And the direct effect of these reactions could be seen at the 2013 Swiss auto show, where Touring Superleggera presented a fully functional version of the prototype series: Touring Superleggera Disco Volante.
Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live: Touring Superleggera Disco Volante photo gallery
Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Live at Geneva Motor Show 2013
The story of this model is exceptional. In first place, it is enough to say that the production of a single Touring Superleggera Disco Volante car takes 6 months an about 4000 hours and that everything is done 100% by hand by the workers of this small Italian company (a video with the whole process can be seen below).
The body is made from aluminum and reveals fascinating details and the production of such a model is made exclusively to order, so there is no foresight or numbers at this time.
What we know is that the base for Touring Superleggera Disco Volante are taken directly from the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione (the chassis), but the inspiration for this new model is none other than the 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante.
Touring Superleggera Disco Volante has under the bonnet a 4.7 liter V8 petrol engine, developing 450 hp and 354 pound-feet of torque (480 Nm). With a 6-speed sequential gearbox and a limited-slip differential, the model puts the power to the road efficiently enough for its performances to live up to meet the expectations of the exterior look of the model: 4.2 seconds for 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h), and top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).
Although you might expect for astronomical price – somewhat normal for their efforts in producing a single model and the level of exclusivity given by the car – on the Touring Superleggera Disco Volante label, a model which combines the classic and the modern, is written €100,000 Euros ($130,000). That’s only 10% of the selling price of a new McLaren P1 or of the new LaFerrari.
During the development stage, Head of Design Louis de Fabribeckers and his team cooperated with the engineers on an almost daily basis. “We focused on the preservation of the design essence. – says de Fabribeckers – Once the design frozen, we had to understand the manufacturing problems and solve them right away without compromising the design.”
Many elements were changed in this stage, like a slightly higher bonnet needed for the engine bay ventilation. Still, the original proportions were retained, so these changes will be hardly noticed. The final result is even more dramatic and impressive than the styling study that was presented last year.
Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Video – Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live
Touring Superleggera Disco Volante via Touring Superleggera stand at Geneva Motor Show 2013