Feb 22, 2002 - Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro have two urgent problems to solve before the opening of the Geneva Motor Show. First is to make sure the dream-car they are working on is completed on time to make it to Geneva before it is too late for its unveiling. The second is to make a decision about its name. This might appear as a detail but it is not. You simply cant give any name to a new baby that no matter what appears as the ultimate beauty to its parents.
The ultimate show car from the Giugiaros of ItalDesign will give thousands of Alfa Romeo enthusiasts something to dream about. A dream that will be made true if the public reaction can convince the newly appointed AR management to bring it to production stage. Italdesign has designed and engineered the prototype to demonstrate its full feasibility.
The Alfa Romeo 'proposition' is for a top class Gran Turismo banking on an all-new Alfa Romeo V8 powerplant that displaces more than 4000cc and is due to effortlessly deliver some 400 HP or more. The engine sits in mid-front position, according a classic front-engine-rear-wheel-drive racing type layout, with the engine moved towards the centre of the car to balance weight distribution on front and rear axle.
The body architecture is that of a classic 2+2 seater configuration, where the rear 2 seats are nominal and good enough to take two children to school
The style is simply gorgeous. Italdesign has had a love affair with Alfa Romeo since it was established. One of their first show cars was the 8 cylinder Iguana, built on the chassis of a racing Alfa Romeo 33, then came the Alfasud and its Caimano show car development. More recently Italdesign also created the spectacular Alfa Romeo Scighera.
Like the Scighera the latest show car from Italdesign is based on a racing type chassis with the bodywork entirely made of carbon fiber composite. The interior design, still being finalised, is said to be up to the highest standards of the house of creative design.
Photos: © Archivio Perini