The Sbarro Super Eight is a Ferrari 308-powered hot hatch – Top Gear

There was another name in that mix of tuners however– Swiss business Sbarro, which was in fact established in 1971 and was coming up with all manner of wild creations at the time. The Super Eight was actually a sequel to the Sbarro Super Twelve of 1981. Only one Super Eight was ever constructed, and this is it here– looking resplendent in red with that brown velour and tan leather interior.

Ah the 1980s– a time best kept in mind for Group B rallying and the occurrence of wild tuners like Koenig Special and Gemballa. Probably.

There was another name because mix of tuners however– Swiss business Sbarro, which was actually founded in 1971 and was coming up with all way of wild creations at the time. And so, in 1984, Sbarro revealed the most wonderful thing that you can now see in the images above.

Inspired by the mid-engined hatchbacks of Group B, it had basically taken the chassis, the five-speed handbook gearbox and the 3.0-litre V8 engine from a Ferrari 308 GTB, prior to clothes it in a wild hot hatch-style fibreglass body. It was to be called the Sbarro Super Eight.

The Super Eight was in fact a sequel to the Sbarro Super Twelve of 1981. That was an entirely bonkers thing however, with 2 six-cylinder Kawasaki motorcycle engines mounted to a typical crankcase to make a V12, and 2 five-speed transmissions that were controlled by the very same gear lever. The Eight was created to be far more practical and civilised.

Somebody clearly forgot to inform the engineers that, due to the fact that the 308’s V8 in fact produced 260bhp– 20bhp more than the wild engine combination of the Super Twelve. Wonderful.

Only one Super Eight was ever built, and this is it here– looking resplendent in red with that brown velour and tan leather interior. Has anything ever looked more 1980s? It’s even got Testarossa-style air consumption.

It’s currently up for sale for a mere EUR155,000 too– or around ₤ 140,000– with Belgian company Speed 8 Classics estimating simply under 17,000 miles on the clock. What an absolute deal. We require it now.

Images: Speed 8 Classics

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