The Alfa Romeo Giulia SWB Zagato revives the greatness of Italian coachbuilders
After several teasers, Zagato finally lifts the veil on its Giulia SWB and the least we can say is that the surprise is total. We were expecting a radical transformation, but the modifications go well beyond those of the special machines regularly presented by brands such as Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari or Lamborghini. The pretty green coupé you have in front of you uses the chassis of the Alfa Romeo Giulia well, but it has been considerably reworked by the Zagato team. There are two doors less and the silhouette has nothing to do with that of the Italian sedan. As for the style, it was defined with the help of Alejandro Mesonero, Alfa Romeo’s design boss.
It’s impossible not to think of the 1990 Alfa Romeo SZ when observing the fascinating features of this new Zagato coupé, even if it displays wavy curves rather than brutal edges. Zagato also fully assumes the inspiration of the Alfa Romeo of the SZ series, going back to the SZ Codatronca of 1961. The filiation with the latter is obvious when you look at the stern.
A 540 horsepower twin-turbo V6 and a manual transmission
Zagato says the Giulia SWB has a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 identical to that of the Giulia GTAm. The latter would therefore develop 540 horsepower but unlike the sedan equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Zagato coupe prefers a six-speed manual gearbox. This intriguing beauty was designed especially for a major Alfa Romeo Zagato collector and will only exist as a single copy. It should be noted that contrary to what we believed, the Giulia SWB is not the famous super sports car that Alfa Romeo boss Jean-Philippe Imparato told us about during our recent interview. There will therefore be another nice surprise next year to be discovered at Alfa Romeo after this Giulia SWB, whose technical development has been carried out entirely by Zagato.
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