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Alfa Romeo Zagato Giulia SWB Zagato one-off 540 HP


With the Giulia SWB proposal, the Milanese coachbuilder Zagato transforms the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan into an exclusive collector's supercar. (HANDLE)

With the Giulia SWB proposal, the Milanese coachbuilder Zagato transforms the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan into an exclusive collector's supercar.

The latest one-of-a-kind creation from the Milanese atelier was born on the basis of the Quadrifoglio Verde and was inspired by the iconic SZ, produced in a limited series from 1989 to 1991.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia SWB Zagato one-off 540 HP

Developed by Zagato from the Giorgio di Giulia and Stelvio modular platform, optimizing its overhangs and wheelbase, it was assembled according to the 'team-work' idea, that is, asking for support from Alejandro Mesonero, Alfa Romeo design vice president, right from the start.

The conception and production of the car, clarified by Zagato "were, on the other hand, carried out without external supports. The presence of the Alfa Romeo logo on the car is only for descriptive and promotional purposes of the same and of Zagato's choice to take inspiration from the Alfa Romeo SZ".

    In 2021, the celebrations for the centenary of the collaboration between Alfa Romeo and Zagato, which began in 1921 with the TIPO G1, were held.

It was precisely from this anniversary that the idea of ​​the SWB was born, a creation which - they clarify from Rho - celebrated "the current Alfa Romeo production of Giulia and Stelvio, together with the legendary 6-cylinder engine in its latest GTAm evolution with a two-door Coupé body Zagato in carbon fiber and shortened wheelbase".

    The SWB has as its mechanical base a V6 Quadrifoglio Verde with manual gearbox to which the interventions that characterize the upgrade of the GTAm have been applied.

The 2.9 engine of Ferrari origin, therefore, boasts a power of 540 HP.

The design of this short wheelbase (hence the acronym SWB), i.e. short wheelbase, is a natural evolution of the Alfa Romeo SZ models, starting from the 1961 Codatronca version, which dominated its GT class in 1962-1963, up to the more recent SZ.

    In welcoming this one-off dedicated to the Alfa Romeo, Alejandro Mesonero underlined: "The philosophy of this new 2023 SZ is that of 1960, made up of a bodywork guided by simplicity, aerodynamics and physical lightening. The front is characterized by the 3+3 concept of the headlights widely used on the new Alfa Romeos but also on the SZ of the 90s".

    For Nori Harada, vice president of Zed Design, vice president of ZED design, "The relationship between Zagato and Alfa Romeo, together with the passion of the entire team of designers and engineers, demonstrates that the long tradition can also be continued in the future".

    Lastly, it should be underlined that the Giulia SWB was designed and built for a German collector, selected among Zagato customers also by virtue of his passion for the Alfa Romeo brand.

In fact, the anonymous buyer has a rare 8C Competizione in his garage, a 1990 Zagato SZ that he drives regularly, as well as the very recent Giulia Quadrifoglios in various special editions, including the GTA and GTAm.

Source: ansa

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