It is in fact, a design study by a chap called Alex Imnadze, a student of the highly regarded IED Torino (who were 2005 winners of the Ferrari World Design Contest and runners up in 2011), and proud fan of Alfa and Pininfarina’s rich design heritage.
He says he cooked up this rendering - which is no way real at all, unless you’re in The Matrix - as a competitor for the new Chevrolet Corvette; “an Italian muscle car, if it’s possible to say”, he tells us.
And it certainly looks striking. Front-engined (no word, probably the 450bhp 4.7-litre V8), rear-wheel-drive and with hints of the Alfa Romeo Montreal at the front, together with snippets of the rather delectable Alfa 2uettottanta concept, the gorgeous 8C and of course, the original Alfa Romeo 6C. Shame there’s no whisper of the bite-the-back-of-your-hand beautiful Alfa 33 Stradale, but we’ve always got the upcoming 4C for that.
Have a click through the pictures and let us know: reckon Alfa should build something like this 6C?
This is a concept car built in collaboration between Alfa Romeo’s Styling Centre and the European Design Institute in Turin. It’s named after your great aunt, it has four doors, and it’s what the manufacturer says is an “international challenge”, which roughly translates as “other people, mostly the Chinese, are buying a lot of cars at the moment, and we don’t have anything to sell them.”
And this is what the students have come up with. The Gloria is 4,700mm long, 1,920mm wide and 1,320mm tall, riding on a wheelbase of 2,900 mm. So it’s certainly got the dimensions to carry four in comfort. And it’s uncannily similar to the sort of proportions the company’ll be looking to when it builds the Giulia, a new model, which is planned for launch in 2015.
Of course, the first Alfa to make it to US shores will be the gorgeous 4C.
Coachbuilding can be a hit or miss thing: take a production car like the BMW 6, put it in the hands of Henrik Fisker and you get the interesting looking Fisker Latigo. But take a Corvette, put it in the hands of others and you get the Enodra SC-1.
Instead of the track-focused hellion of yore, the Milan-based coachbuilder (which also invented Superleggera lightweight construction, as it goes) has created this rather pretty chap’s grand tourer. It doffs its hat to the ‘52 original with a boattail rump, tiny rear lamps, shrouded front wheel and a chrome pinstripe.
All of the oily bits are lifted from a “normal” 8C. That means there’s a 450bhp 4.7-litre V8 - built at the Ferrari factory, no less - automated manual ‘box, top speed of 181mph and 4.2sec 0-62mph time hiding under the skin.
Rumors suggest that a very limited number will be sold and that the Disco Volante will be pretty pricey.
But at least it’s pretty, right?
Thanks for sharing your favorite cars of 2011 with us the other day. While all of the cars in the TopGear.com roundup were special, for sure, your thoughts on the Audi RS3, Mustang GT500, and Subaru WRX were pretty spot on as well.
Well now that we’re a whole two and a half days into 2012, we might as well take a look at some of the cars TopGear.com is looking forward to in the new year.
The production Pagani Huayra, Porsche 918, Jaguar’s Cayman fighter, and a new Dodge Viper are all slated to see the light of day in the next 363 days. Additionally, we should get deets on the next 4 door Bugatti and the Alfa 4C should make it to the States. Even with all of that, we’re dying to see the next Mustang GT500 which is supposed to break the 200mph barrier.
We’ve selected some choice shots for the photoset above. Want to see the rest of the list? Click through.
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Top Gear has an update on the dream that is the Alfa 4C. Its engineers are confident of getting the first prototype on the road for the middle of 2012, with the final car on sale a year after that. It will be distinctly exotic, but sell for under $70k:
I talked about the car with Mauro Pierallini, who’s head of engineering for Fiat in Europe. The 4C project is being run by a special quick-acting little team outside the main product-development bureaucracy, he says, and he grins and adds he’s personally in charge.
The show car used a carbon tub designed by Dallara, the racecar manufacturer which also consulted on the KTM X-bow, Alfa 8C and Bugatti Veyron. The production car’s structure is an in-house design by the Alfa team. It has a carbon centre tub as before, but the front and rear frames are aluminium. It’s cheaper and only a little heavier.
The car will be about the size of a Porsche Cayman. And it’s destinate per l’America.
If you’re into the tech deets, read more at BBC Top Gear
A video of the new-ish limited production Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale: Zagato’s Italian Flavored Dodge Viper ACR in the wild.
TopGear has pictures of the Alfa Romeo’s 4C concept.
Slated to go on sale in 2012, Alfa Romeo is bringing this concept (the same as the 4C in red they unveiled in March, this time in silver) to this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. It has a 200bhp 1.7-litre turbocharged 4 cylinder in support of just 1800lbs of car. That’s a lot of power without a lot of weight to push around.
Most importantly, it’s very shiny.