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Monday, May 23, 2011

Novitec Alfa Romeo 8C: Take Good Thing, Add Supercharger

Tuning house Novitec—which specializes in Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia modification—has created what it’s calling the world’s fastest and most powerful street-legal Alfa Romeo. Tapping the experience of its Maserati-focused sister company, Novitec Tridente, Novitec has put together a supercharger package for the Alfa Romeo 8C’s Maser-sourced 4.7-liter V-8 that kicks output up to 591 hp and 434 lb-ft. That’s a bump of 147 and 80, respectively.

Although most of the work involved in pairing a supercharger with the 4.7-liter V-8 had already been done, Novitec had to alter the setup to fit in the engine bay of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and 8C Spider. The supercharger runs 5.3 psi of boost, and is assisted by a water-to-air intercooler and custom fuel injectors. Novitec also went to the trouble of recalibrating the engine-management mapping to ensure a factory level of harmony among its installed mods.

Novitec claims that the 0-to-62 run drops to just 3.9 seconds in its tuned 8C, and top speed stretches to 190 mph. We’ve estimated that a regular 8C Spider would need 4.4 seconds to get to 60, while the top speed would be drag limited to 181 mph.

In addition to the supercharger, an adjustable coil-over suspension, a stainless-steel exhaust system with an engine-speed-sensitive baffle, and staggered front–rear 21- and 22-inch, five-spoke wheels wrapped in Pirelli ZR-rated rubber are all on offer. Novitec tastefully made no “enhancements” to the exterior of the 8C, even taking pains to design the exhaust system so that it exits through the stock cutouts in the rear lower valance, but the big wheels give the Alfa a nicely aggressive, purposeful look. The tuner does, however, offer the option of a fully customized interior slathered in leather and alcantara in “any desired color,” should you want to go all Mansory purple-Barney on the guts of your Alfa.

None of these bits come cheap—the supercharger kit alone will set you back 19,000 euros, which at current exchange rates is a breathtaking $28,082—not to mention the cost of supplying your own 8C.

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