Una bella machina!!!! If there were no Ferrari (perish the thought!) my allegiance would have to ride with Alfa Romeo. Back in the day when Cadillac was known as “The Standard of The World,” Alfa was known as “Il Primo Automobile Campiono del Mondo”; The First Automobile Champions Of The World. And indeed they were.
Sure, things flagged of late, but starting with the Brera (it would seem) things really turned around for the Italian marque. The 8C Competizione falls into the pretty damn stunning category, and now styling house Zagato has rolled out this: The Zagato Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa.
Man. And I thought Monica Bellucci was hot.
The Zagato-penned and developed Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa, which has been rumored for a while, was rolled out in a world premiere at this past weekend’s esteemed Villa D’Este Concours. And please be aware that this is not a show pony. Zagato pointed out, the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa is not simply a design exercise, but a one off race special commissioned by German collector Martin Kapp. Herr Kapp also owns, among other Alfa Romeos, an SZ coda tonda and SZ coda tronca, TZ, and TZ2, Junior Z and S.Z. Yes, I’m envious of him too.
The Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa was inspired by its 1960s ancestors, the first Alfa TZ and TZ2, the TZ3 Corsa. The current iteration is based on a mono shell carbon fiber tubular chassis (whatever that might be), joined with a tubular frame and a drop dead gorgeous lightweight aluminum body. It’s proportions are just spot on perfect, and the rear has a certain Kamm tail/GTO breadvan look to it.
Power? That is delivered via a plant sourced from the Alfa 8c Competizione’s 4.2-liter V8 engine. Situated under the alloy hood of the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa, said mill develops 420-horsepower. Zagato says the racing car tips the scales at a lightweight 850kg or 1,874 lbs. Combine that little weight with that much engine, and the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa is capable of accelerating from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in under 3.5 seconds topping out in excess of 300km/h or 187mph. Or so says Zagato.
If you ask me, this thing looks like it’s doing 187mph standing still.