Stunning new Alfa concept proves a point

Alfa Romeo is back to its best – just take a look at this new teaser for a concept car based on the iconic 1950s Alfa Romeo Disco Volante as proof the Italian manufacturer still has the ability to impress.

This concept car, based loosely on the original Alfa Romeo Disco Volante of 1952 is not actually designed by Alfa, instead it is coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera which will reveal the stunning new concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Taking its influences from the Alfa 8C Competizione, the new concept is a reminder Alfa Romeo is still a brand to set the heart racing with stylish, supercar-like designs.

After years dogged by reliability issues Alfa Romeo made a successful break from that image with the sporty MiTo supermini in 2010. It was followed last year by the upmarket Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback, a car designed specifically to get a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating.

It achieved this easily and now sits as a premium alternative to the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra in the small family hatchback market.

The MiTo and Giulietta, despite their noticeably sporty styling, may seem like a safer departure from the sports cars and supercars of Alfa’s past.

However, Alfa Romeo is not ready to give up on its sporting roots. While the new Alfa Romeo MiTo offers frugal eco-versions at the bottom of the range, both the supermini and the Giulietta hatchback come in hot hatch Cloverleaf versions.

The iconic Cloverleaf badge has adorned racing versions for over 50 years and a sporty revamp including new body kit, sports seats and powerful engines are all added to the Cloverleaf versions.

Then there is the Alfa Romeo 4C, a superb little two-seat, rear-wheel drive sports car with swooping lines and enough power (200bhp to be exact) to pack a punch.

It was unveiled by Alfa Romeo in 2011 and will go on sale in the UK in 2012. With prices expected to be around £45,000, the Alfa Romeo will be one of the biggest launches of the year.

Alfa Romeo has put its problems behind it with the excellent Alfa Romeo MiTo and the premium-feeling Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback.

Now it is looking to kick on with the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car and the decision by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera to design a new concept car based on iconic Alfa Romeos of the past shows others are starting to sit up and take note.

For more information on Alfa Romeo cars, contact the Perrys’ Alfa Romeo of Amersham dealership.