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Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa – Updated by Matt
April 25, 2010, 10:08 pm
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Just revealed by Zagato, this is the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa. What it really is though is one man’s personal ultimate toy. Allegedly commisioned by German collector Martin Kapp, the TZ3 Corsa is one the sexiest looking machines in a while. It seems that it takes an independant design house to create a car that hasn’t been painted green and given a theoretical powertrain that will never actually make it into production in an attempt to save face now that people have realised  pumping green house gasses into the atmosphere might not be the best idea.

Update: Now with pics of the real car


The TZ3 is named so because it follows in the footsteps of two previous collaborations between Alfa Romeo and Zagato. This car’s grandparents are the beautiful little Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ (Tubolare Zagato) produced from 1963-’67 and the supremely aggressive TZ2, of which only 12 of the Zagato designed, Autodelta race-prepped cars were produced.

Inspirational design cues run throughout the whole car, non more prevalent than the distinctive cut-off tail so reminiscent of the TZ series. This design feature also reminds me of the Ferrari 250 GT Drogo aka “Breadvan” designed by Carrozzeria Sports Cars under direction of Piero Drogo. There’s also a bit of Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe in that sexy hip line.

Underneath the new bodywork beats the heart of Alfa Romeo’s already-sexy 8C supercar. I personally believe that Zagato’s take on a contemporary version of their 60s racers works really well. The proportions are just-right, there’s enough inspiration from the originals but there is a definite modern edge and it wouldn’t look out of place alongside any of the current Alfa Romeo products. That includes the new Giulietta, which is my current “please someone buy me this car” obsession, more specifically one fitted with the 170 HP 1.4 TB Multiair engine (the technology behind this engine is insane and too complicated for this post).

One thing I don’t like is the decals on it, I think it detracts from the car’s lines. If it were to have any sort of decals, a traditional race number and maybe a white nose/body stripe would look better. The wheels could also be nicer, the flat and thin touring car style wheel doesn’t suit the boldly curvaceous lines of the car’s body. Something with a nice bit of concave wheel face would really set the car off. That said, they do look nicer in pictures of the real car that can be seen here.

And with that I’m back to writing a lab report for my behavioural science class. Apologies for the lack of updates recently but we’ve both been horrendously busy. Once I finish this semester I’m done with classes forever so be sure to keep an eye on the blog, we have some stuff in the pipeline. Stay tuned…

Update: Here’s some shots of the car in the flesh via autoblog. It looks even better!


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Glad to see Alfa have started producing the goods again, been a long time between drinks

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