Just in case there was ever any doubt, the stunning Alfa Romeo 8C Spider supercar has been officially named as the Most Beautiful Car of the Year by Top Gear magazine.
Judged by a Top Gear panel consisting of TV, magazine and online teams - spanning 24 international editions - the awards recognise the most innovative and exciting cars to be launched over the past 12 months.
Described as 'perfection' by Top Gear, the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider's good looks are more than skin deep. A responsive 4.7litre V8 engine produces an awesome 450BHP which is channelled through a sophisticated 6-speed F1-style paddle shift gearbox to the rear wheels, producing enough power to launch its occupants from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 181mph.
UK Brand Communications Manager, Damien Dally, said: "There's no doubt that the 8C Spider is a sensational supercar but to have the recognition of the Top Gear panel is a perfect way to end the year."
Limited to a production run of just 500 examples, 35 Alfa Romeo 8C Spiders are destined for the UK, with most of them sold before you could say 'bellissima'. Valued at around £174,000 the chance of owning an example remains ultra exclusive, however the latest models in Alfa Romeo's line up have taken inspiration from the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and Spider - such as the sporty compact Alfa Romeo MiTo and 2010's Alfa Romeo Giulietta.Published 11 December 2009