The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider is the latest work from Italian design house Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary. The car is actually based on the bones of an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. You’ll remember Touring’s designs from the gorgeous Alfa 8C-based Disco Volante concept back in 2013. The Disco Volante Spyder is the roadster version of the coupe, and it is the coachbuilder’s first open top car in recent history. To celebrate its 90th anniversary, Touring is working with Alfa Romeo engineers to create this car, inspired by the 1952 Alfa Romeo C52.
Instead of just using the fabric roof from the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, the Disco Volante Spyder has two lightweight carbon fiber roof panels that weigh about eight pounds each and can be manually stowed in the trunk. “We did not want to compromise the pleasure of driving open top,” explains Louis de Fabribeckers, Touring’s head of design. “This car is designed as if there was no roof at all.”
Touring says that the 8C Spider was chosen because of its lightweight and stiff design. The Disco Volante Spyder keeps the 8C Spider’s rolling chassis, steel space-frame, underpinnings, instruments, dashboard, pedals, and steering wheel. Fans of the Alfa will also be happy to hear that the drivetrain is the same as well, which means that the wonderfully sonorous 4.7-liter, 450-hp V8 powers this work of art. Touring quotes a 4.5-second 0-62 mph time and a top speed of 181 mph.
To preserve the old-meets-new mantra, a combination of hand-beaten aluminum panels and carbon fiber is used on the body. The front bumper and grille, hood, side skirts, integrated windscreen frame, and rear crossmember are made from carbon fiber with glorious Connolly leather all over the interior.
It takes Touring up to six months from receiving the donor car to complete a Disco Volante Spyder. It will only build seven examples, and more than half of them have already been purchased.