The Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale by Zagato is a strange mix of Italian design and American muscle. I cannot decide if I like it or hate it, because while the front looks fantastic, the side and rear views are a bit of a turn off and certain custom wheels can look horrible. It is from a long line of similar hyperbeasts, and made a rare appearance at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, where the video below was captured.
Footage of the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato showing off at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Listen to the threatening rumble and revving.
While it is a confusing looking machine, that does not mean I would refuse it entry into my garage–merely that certain aesthetic cues could have been more cohesive. It looks a touch like a distorted Ferrari FF with a sportier rear. Zagato bills the Alfa Romeo TZ3 as the first American Alfa in automotive history. So what are the differences setting this machine apart from its predecessors and the newer members of the family?
The Alfa Romeo TZ3 at a glance:
- No Italian mechanics involved
- Instead, the TZ3 takes advantage of the Fiat-Chrysler power union, packing an 8.4-liter V10 based on the Dodge Viper ACR
- Kicks out 611 horses
- 2-2 layout
Some recent members of the Zagato family include:
- The 1996 Zagato Raptor
- The 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato
- The 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1
- The 2005 Lancia Ypsilon Sport
- The 2006 Toyota Harrier Zagato
- The 2007 Maserati GS Zagato
- The 2008 Spyker C12 Zagato
- The 2008 Perana Z-One
- The 2010 Alfa Romeo TZ3
- The 2011 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale
- The 2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato
- The 2012 BMW Zagato coupe
- The 2012 BMW Zagato roadster
Just nine examples of the TZ3 Stradale exist, so it is something special to see one out at a show. What do you think of it? Comment below.
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