I don´t take Top Gear very seriously, it´s mostly fun entertaining... However in a test in Evo magazine no. 125 they came to the same conclusion with regards to roadholding. I quote from the article, conclusion 8C comparison article:
Alfa´s simply beautiful 8Ccould have booked itself a much higher placing had its makers spent a little more time honing the chassis and a little less time tuning the exhaust note. No, scrub that. The exhaust note is every bit as much a thing of beauty as the shape. And, if we´re honest it´s the almost unprecedented welter of feelgood sensations the 8C brings to the party that make it so special. The very definition of a flawed gem.
Step from the Maser(Gran Tourismo S) to the Alfa and the 8C feels smaller, tauter, faster . It appears to turn things up a notch. But in truth it´s The Gran Tourismo that´s the more stable , composed and predictable. The 8C is a lot edgier , quite a tricky car to drive near the limit.
So it seems the road holding of this car has not been so highly tuned as one would expect from such a high profile car. A Nürburgring test would give a good indication to the same. Somehow I suspect it will not happen.
Also one can expect that the 8C GTA will also have an improved roaholding. For those who want to take the car to track sometimes.