2006 Paris Auto Show Index by TCC Team (9/25/2006)
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
2008 Alfa Romeo 8C CompetizioneEnlarge Photo
The 8C first debuted as a concept car in 2003, and road-ready trim features a 4.7-liter V-8 delivering 450 hp. Production starts next summer at stablemate Maserati’s new factory in
“The 8C is being offered in limited numbers to encourage buyers to personalize their vehicles,” said a spokesman. “This is a trend which harks back to Alfa’s heritage as a fledgling company nearly 100 years ago. Then it just sold rolling chassis, allowing customers to create their own body styles with the help of bespoke coachbuilders.” Interior detailing is one area where owners can make their car unique.
However, the spokesman hinted the 500-car limit might be flexible. “I see no reason why more might not be offered if there’s demand,” he added.
2007 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Versace
2007 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 VersaceEnlarge Photo
If you thought 500 was a short production run, it’s nothing on Lamborghini’s new vehicle. Only ten of the Murciélago LP640 Versace special edition will be made. The lower section of the instrument panel, the doors, roof, center console, and seats are all finished in full-grain nappa leather. The logo of the Versace fashion house is dotted around the cabin. Standard kit includes the glass engine cover and e-gear sequential shift system. The car also comes with a range of hand-crafted accessories designed by Versace, including a two-suitcase luggage set that fits into the Lambo’s trunk. No word on the price as yet.
Lancia Delta HPE Concept
Lancia is 100 years old this year and marked the anniversary by unveiling the Delta HPE concept. Taking its inspiration from the Beta HPE of the late Seventies, it’s a more modern take on a sporty practical sedan. It’s 4.5 meters long, and features include a sliding rear seat than can push right back to allow passengers extra leg space. The hi-tech entertainment package has a Bose audio system with MP3 compatibility, plus something called Blue&Me, a Windows Mobile-based developed as part of a joint venture between Fiat Auto and Microsoft.
The car is designed to be equipped with a wide range of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines. Power outputs would be between 120 and 200 hp, according to the company. The car will go on sale in mid-2008, and insiders say the production version will look very close to this concept.
Ferrari Gets Brand Store in
No fresh product on the Ferrari stand at the
The company, which celebrates its 60th anniversary next year, has had an impressive year. In the first half it recorded revenues of about $900 million, a 16.7-percent increase.