Touring Superleggera unveiled their coach built Disco Volante coupe at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and in 2016 they’re back with a brand new convertible version which they say pays tribute to a series of experimental race cars built by the same firm in cooperation with Alfa Romeo in the early 1950s.
Created to celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary, the Disco Volante Spyder is actually a more accurate interpretation of the original car, which was also conceived as a spider drop-top. The vehicle is actually more of a targa due to the flying buttresses behind the seats, but it’s still an open-top that has more in common with the first Disco Volante compared to the coupe the Italians launched in 2013. As with the coupe model, the Disco Volante Spyder is based on the underpinnings of an Alfa Romeo 8C, and is powered by the same 4.7L V8 engine.
Don’t expect to see one on the road any time soon though. Although Touring Superleggera have received European approval and support from Alfa Romeo, just seven examples will be produced – to be sold at an expensive price and only to carefully selected customers. The model displayed at the Geneva motor show this year is the first car, finished in Blue Ceruleo.
The interior of the Spyder is identical to the coupe, which in-turn means it is also based on the Alfa Romeo 8C’s. The configuration is pretty much the same, not that there’s anything wrong with that, with the same bolstered sports seats, a sporty centre console, and a race-inspired instrument cluster, but Touring Superleggera added fine leather, contrast stitching, and all sorts of premium details.