Bella Italiana leads Alfa's revival What a show stealer! Auto Sportiva, the offshoot of Italian Motors that now handles Alfa Romeo, recently launched the Italian marque's new Spider (above right). But wait: the new incarnation of that old classic, the 8C Competitzione (above left), stole the show with the panache of a diva on stage at La Scala. O bella! The 'Ferrari-developed, Maserati-built, Alfa-tuned' 8C is a stunning embodiment of Alfa's revival, with a 4,691 V8 that generates a massive 464hp at 7,000rpm and tops out at 304km/h. Hold that tiger! Is Hong Kong really ready for this? Auto Sportiva spokeswoman Susanna Tam says Hong Kong's allocation of five 8Cs have already been pre-sold to 'marque-vetted' owners at about HK$1.5 million apiece, but that certainly didn't seem to stop Alfa's sales staff from pushing hard to make sure targets are met. Yet as pleased as we are to see Alfa taking Hong Kong seriously, we still want to know if the marque's cars run in our heat, if they hold their value, and whether the dealer has the right parts. So, let's look at the new six-speed Spider. There are four models in the range. The basic item is the front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder version with a 2,198cc, 185bhp engine and manual gearbox, which sells for about HK$488,000. Then there's the 260bhp, 3,195cc Q-Tronic Automatic with four-wheel-drive, which promises 11.5 litres of fuel per 100km. On Saturday, many punters seemed impressed witht the new convertible, but our jury's out on the design. A serious case of the Benz Zung Fu has the new Mercedes C-Class in both of its Hong Kong showrooms, and we hear, in Macau. There's a 184-horsepowered C200K Kompressor Elegance (HK$398,000, with the raised bonnet badge) in Hung Hom, and the sportier 231hp V6 C280 Avantgarde (HK$538,000, with a star on its grille) in the Lee Gardens outlet. We're very fond of the A200 (from HK$252,000) on looks, value, emissions and safety, but we have to admit the new C-Class is a lot smarter than its predecessors, and could tempt you off the E-Class facelifts that start at HK$478,000. Before you check out the C-Class in Causeway Bay, you can see how its new shape relates to the designs of bigger Benzes at our favourite Mercedes-scoping spot, 'Anorak 1': the metal fire-hose outlet opposite the Lee Gardens showroom, on Yun Ping Road. There you'll see the similar sweep of the C280, 272hp V6 S350L (HK$1.35 million) and 388hp V8 CL500 (HK$1.738 million) in the Zung Fu window. Of course, you can also try the Benz website at mercedes-benz.com.hk. Still something Nissan Skirts and spoilers suit some cars more than others. They dilute the sporty elegance of the BMW Mini Cooper S yet they give a black Volvo C30 lots of growl. The Robin Hoon customisation we discussed last week looks sharp for an extra HK$90,000 in Volvo Hong Kong's showroom, but Nissan's Aero Tiida doesn't. The basic 1.5-litre saloon is a lovely, comfy family saloon that is also used by the police, but it looks about as sporty as a fat, old bloke in an England rugby jersey at the Old China Hand - despite a new front spoiler, front chrome decoration, side skirts and rear spoilers. Still, if you've ever put spoilers on your Robin Reliant, this 'sporty' Tiida could be the car for you, with Xtronic continuously variable transmission, at HK$146,800. Deals on wheels The week's best deals include HK$30,000 off a green Renault Modus (below), for HK$129,000, but call Wearnes Motors for the cut-price 1.6-litre runabout's availability first, on 2927 3538. The Modus was named Best Buy Mini MPV in this month's Which? Saab dealer Metro Motors is offering a special price on a couple of silver 2006-year 9-5 wagons (normally HK$419,000). One's a demonstrator with 2,000km on the clock at HK$330,000 and there's a new one at HK$350,000, says Metro's Patrick Wong. Volvo Hong Kong's selling an S40 2.4i with sunroof for HK$288,000 with a two-year warranty. This model deserves more attention here. Citroen dealer Arrow Motors is offering the 1.4-litre C3 (left) with five-speed sensodrive and a three-year warranty for HK$108,000. Smart Hong Kong has a white Coupe Pulse and a grey Coupe Passion with funky orange-red trim, both at HK$138,800. The ForTwo (above left) comes out in a new variant next year. Don't be put off by the Hung Hom address. We took a fun way there: Star Ferry to Hung Hom, a taxi to Zung Fu and we were in Po Loi Street, Whampoa. five minutes and HK$20 later.