alfa romeo 8C Spyder
This car can only be bought one way and that's loaded. The pedals are aluminum and the air blows very cold. I love everything about the interior, as all of the buttons are placed right within the drivers reach. The steering wheel has built in thumbpads and the paddlegrip shifters snap with an urgency of crispness and of quality.
There are even aluminum handle grips on the center console for the passenger, (just in case you decide to show out), which by the way is very easy to do with the 8C. As we mentioned earlier, the engine is a Ferrari derived V8 and boy does it have some power. The traction control can be turned off, but beware of a heavy foot if you dare. Being a fool and depressing the gas too hard will cause that light chassis to easily break loose and you may find yourself in a ditch with quite a towing and/or insurance bill.
As usual with most European cars, this car feels solid and the doors closes with a solid thunk. The car is relatively quiet and smooth, and even with the top down there is very little wind noise, that is until you nail the V8, and then you can hear the horses coming.! It's quite impressive.
.....And when you go out to try and steal your Alfa 8C, (because all of the 35 allocated for the US annually have already been sold), just make sure you don't get caught, because Grand Larceny is some hell to get out of. And speaking of that, if you are lucky enough to get an allocation for one next year, the hard top Competizione (Kom-pe-tis-ce'-on) should cost you right around $285,000 and the Spyder will cost a little over $15,000 more. Whoo...! My poe checkbook!
Now all and all I was truly amazed by the C8. I do however question the price though. Besides It's exclusivity, I would find it pretty hard to part with the $300,000 bucks that it cost for ownership. .......Hmmm. But as I'm thinking about it, I think I'll drop the top, head to the Dairy Queen drive thru for some ice cream and then head to the airport to watch the planes while the sun goes down. I love my job...!! This is Dre' and thanks for reading this months dream Machine segment. Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend. Get out, say hi and give a hug to our troops. Let them know you care.. Until next time, keep your hands on the wheel and your feet on the gas... Deuces..!!