Alfa Romeo has officially endorsed the Alfa Disco Volante built by Milan-based coachbuilder Touring Superleggera with limited production planned.

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First seen at the 2012 Geneva motor show, the freshly updated Alfa Disco Volante takes its inspiration from the 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 ‘Disco Volante’, a car dubbed the Flying Saucer due to its futuristic design.

Based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, the 2013 Alfa Disco Volante is a bespoke two-seater featuring a hand-made carbonfibre and aluminium body and a 331kW/480Nm 4.7-litre V8.

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With a six-speed paddle-shifted sequential transmission sending power to the rear wheels, the Touring Superleggera model claims 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds, a top speed of 292km/h and combined fuel consumption of 15.8L/100km.

The Alfa Disco Volante measures 4620mm long, 2032mm wide and 1309mm high and rides on a 2640mm wheelbase – 239mm longer, 138mm wider and 1mm taller than the 8C Competizione with an identical wheelbase.

Though the door frames, roof frame and C-pillar have been modified to match the new car’s shape, the 8C's engine bay, windscreen, A-pillar, dashboard, instruments, pedals, steering wheel and 20-inch aluminium forged wheels remain.

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Highlighting the Disco Volante’s cabin are leather upholstery, black Alcantara trim, red LED light profiles, and aeronautical-inspired touches on the dashboard, instruments and controls.

Alfa Romeo says the limited production vehicle will be "built only to demand" – requiring 4000 hours and six months to complete – with prices dependant on requested specifications.

All Touring-built Alfa Disco Volantes are able to be serviced and repaired via qualified Alfa Romeo dealers.