Even the most seasoned petrolheads won't have seen this 1984 Sbarro Super Eight

    Shared its skeletal with a Ferrari from the 80s

    4d ago


    Why didn’t Ferrari put any of its engines on a hatchback? Was it the disregard of doing something ordinary or mass-market or the firm feared switching to any other body style except low-slung sportscars? Whatever the case be, the idea does sound intriguing. And fortunately, a Swiss tuner company called Sbarro felt the same and hence, they went ahead and did it.

    Its called the Super Eight and it was developed to be the sensible successor to the wild Super Twelve, which had two six-cylinder Kawasaki motorbike engines crammed together to form a V12. The civilised Super Eight, on the other hand, carries the chassis, gearbox and the engine from a Ferrari 308 GTB, a flagship sports car of the Italian marquee. It seems like the boys in the Swiss tuner shop had planned to keep the Super Eight subdued but just couldn’t hold back themselves once they started making one. Bad habits die hard.

    And ironically, that’s where it all ended for the Super Eight as Sbarro made just one of it. As mentioned above, the fibreglass-bodied hatchback was made to sit on a 308’s chassis with the sports car’s 3.0-litre V8 engine getting mounted transversely, courtesy of the tight hatchback dimensions. Power output was rated at 260hp, all of it being sent to the rear wheels via a classic Ferrari five-speed manual gated shifter.

    If you thought the mechanicals were outrageous, I don’t need to reiterate the ludicrousness of the design that is the Super Eight’s exteriors. Those super-wide fenders and Testarossa-style air intakes combine to form one of the most spectacular side profiles. There’s a lip spoiler up front and vents on just one side of the bonnet. And I guess you’re already going crazy on that quad exhaust setup. The only thing that bothers me the most - did they really have to paint those extra tail lights?

    This Ferrari-powered hatchback was first shown to the world at the 1984 Geneva Motor Show and now, its on sale. With just 16,196 miles on the clock and an all-original leather interior, the car is listed on the Classic Driver website with no price mentioned as such. However, being the sole car of its kind with the mechanicals from an 80s Ferrari sports car and exteriors as angry as the Hulk, expect it to be anything but cheap.

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    Comments (20)

    • Well, I am one of them guys who actually saw it in real life (at last year's InterClassics Brussels egzostive.com/car-spotting-at-interclassics/ ). It looks like a VW Polo on a lot of steroids. I personally preferred the Group C homologation monsters.

        3 days ago
      • You've been a lucky man!

          2 days ago
      • Indeed, I vastly enjoy going to these events. I consider myself very lucky to live in this corner of the world...

          1 day ago
      • 3 days ago
    • Now that’s an obscure piece of Euro madness. For aspiring automotive engineering folks, there’s the School Espera Sbarro to get enriched and engaged in high-browed conceptual design engineering.

        4 days ago
    • Looks like a Renault R5 Turbo crashed into the back of a VW Scirroco II. The side view is just ugly with that wide B-pillar. Awful. Looks like two different cars were welded together.

      You don't need to know this ugly thing. Fortunately, this thing wasn't mass-produced.

        23 hours ago
    • A transverse mounted v8 in a small hatchback and rear wheel drive?

      FFS It would have been immensely easier to just lengthen the front to allow a proper v8 mounting. The mechanicals must be mad.

        1 day ago


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