Disco Volante, the futuristic-looking concept supercar by Italian automotive manufacturer Alfa Romeo will reportedly be going into production later this year. According to Digital Trends the ‘Flying Saucer’ is set to be a limited edition, so don’t expect it to come cheap!
The concept was first unveiled two years ago at the Geneva Motor Show. The Disco Volante is a throwback to its 1952 ancestor that shares the same name. The 1952 original, also known as the C52 had a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine and produced a whopping (for then) 158 hp.
But times have changed and so has Alfa Romeo… The new Disco Volante boasts some serious muscle under the hood powered by a 4.7-liter, V8 Maserati engine which produces a staggering 444 horsepower. The ‘Flying Saucer’ bolts for 0-62 mph in just 4.2 seconds and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Interestingly, the body for the Disco Volante is actually that of a customized Alfa Romeo 8C. The conversion is handled by Milan-based automobile coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring and can take up to six months. The original C52 also had a customized body from the Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera.
Even though chances are most of us can’t afford this car, the Disco Volante does provide petrol-heads with a glimpse into the future of supercars… And though this particular model will be a limited edition, it is hoped Alfa Romeo use this beautiful bombshell of automotive engineering as a point of inspiration for future, more affordable models…