By Ronan Glon
Wednesday, Mar 7th, 2012 @ 10:00 am
 
Milan-based Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera has unveiled its Disco Volante 2012 concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. The Disco Volante concept is a throwback to the car of the same name that debuted in the 1950s.

The Disco Volante 2012 was developed to celebrate the Alfa Romeo C52's 60th anniversary. The C52 was better known as the Disco Volante, a name which means "flying saucer" in Italian, and alludes to the car's extremely aerodynamic body. Only three convertibles and a coupe were built, making it one of the rarest and most expensive post-war Alfas ever built. All of them were based on the Alfa 1900.

Staying true to tradition, the 2012 edition of the Disco Volante will also be based on an Alfa. Superleggera has reportedly dug around the Alfa 8C's parts bin and pulled out a Maserati-sourced 4.7-liter V8 engine rated at 444 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque. It will be bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

Most of the Disco Volante 2012's body will be made out of hand-hammered aluminum, though the coachbuilder says that it also used carbon fiber in the car's construction in order to keep its weight as low as possible.

The concept's overall silhouette will be heavily inspired by the original C52, and it will be so sleek that its drag coefficient will be just 0.25.

Alfa fans, don't get your checkbooks out just yet: the Disco Volante 2012 is expected to remain nothing more than a concept car.


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