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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-27-2009, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Alfa Romeo 8c gauges

Does anyone know how the gauge display functions in the 8c? I would prefer to see the Italian spec gauges if anyone has photos. Here is the only pic I have
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-27-2009, 01:50 PM
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I don't think there is an Italy-only spec for the gauges, since Alfa uses Italian wording on their instruments for all countries (benzina, acqua etc.) on all models. The cheaper models with this type of gauges (147, 156 etc.) lets you switch between fixed display modes via a button at the top of the light stalk.

Here's a pic of the gauges in the 8C that was driven by journalists at Balocco last year:


And one of the 147 pre facelift instrument cluster:
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What about in gear?
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I checked with a photographer/journalist guy who has driven it a few kilometres: by default, the 8C gear system is in "City mode" (for lack of a better word). I.e. the gearbox automatically changes gears according to driving style and other factors. This is comparable to the Selespeed system on the 147 and the 156. In this mode, the gear selector display shows a "D" when you're driving. I don't know how you select neutral though.

When you press the Sport button on the center console the system goes to manual only, and the gear selector display shows the selected gear (1-6, presumably) as well as a small "S" in the upper corner of the display.

He's rummaging through his pictures to see if he's got one of the gauges while driving, but somehow I don't think that is a priority behind the wheel of an 8C
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That's (mostly) correct. You can switch between full automatic mode and manual mode by pushing the "Auto" button, not the "Sport" one. The "Sport" button just gives you faster shifts, tweaked engine mapping and stability control tuning, and opens the bypass valves in the exhausts. Neutral is selected by pulling both paddles at the same time.
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