By Otsile Kadiege
Alfa Romeo is by no means a stranger to crafting some of the finest and highly sought after automobiles in the world. Back in 2021, as part of the centenary celebrations for the collaboration between Alfa Romeo and Zagato, which began in 1921 with the TIPO G1, the Milanese Atelier chose to commemorate this important anniversary with the creation of a new model. Enter the Giulia SWB Zagato.
Unmistakably Alfa Romeo
The latter is based on the Giulia Quadrifoglio which was then handed over to the Milan based coachbuliding company – Zagato – to create a one-of-a-kind sports car. Upfront, the Giulia SWB Zagato is unmistakably Alfa Romeo thanks to the brand’s signature ‘Trefoil’ grille flanked by slim LED headlights sourced from the updated Giulia and inspired by the Alfa Romeo SZ. It also sports gaping air inlets which gives the sports car a dramatic look. Adding to the visual drama is a sculpted bonnet with more air inlets.
In profile, the Giulia SWB Zagato is minimalist with a dash aggressive look thanks to pronounced rear wheel arches and sharp creases on the lower portion of its side. It also sports Giulia GTAm wheels and Alfa Romeo’s clover badge as well as Zagato badging on the front fenders.
Its Kammback rear end is equally dramatic and a nod to the 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ. It boasts an arch-like design with a prominent LED light strip which reminds us of the Aston Martin DBX. It’s also fitted with a prominent rear diffuser and a centered dual pipe exhaust.
Heart of a Giulia GTAm
Powering the Giulia SWB Zagato is 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 engine sourced from the Giulia GTAm. It makes 398 kW and 600 Nm and solely pared to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The car, after the photo shoot on the ‘La Pista’ circuit in Arese, will then be officially handed over to a customer, to round off an important year for Zagato and seal a collaboration that over the course of more than 100 years has given rise to more than 150 models of the highest collectors’ value.
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