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Alfa Romeo SZ

Il Monstro is the car that captivated me while studying Industrial Design in the late 80’s; , with its uncompromising design, there simply had been nothing like it since the Contach. A prime example of early CAD design, which may have had something to do with its brutalistic aesthetics, even today, some 30+ years on, it looks as fresh as the day it was revealed and is still equally as polarising…

“Not least due to a brutal styling and hence soon nick named “Il Mostro” the Alfa Romeo SZ shocked in several ways. Powered with the creamy Busso 3.0 liter V6 marvel of an engine and many other components from the hefty Alfa 75 also gave the SZ performance to match its macho looks. The SZ with code name ES-30, Experimental Sportscar 3.0 litre, was built from 1989 to 1991 all finished in red with dark grey roof except one car in black delivered to Zagato.

The letters SZ, Sprint Zagato was an old Alfa designation from the 1950s when design house Zagato built some lightweight Giulietta Sprints mainly to win the legendary Mille Miglia race. In contrast to what many believe the design of the SZ was the work of Robert Opron from Alfa Romeo Centro Stile headed by Walter da Silva and Fiat Centro Stile with Zagato only playing a minor part. Zagato aficionados will also notice that the Zagato trademark “Double Bubble” roof is missing.

Producing a healthy 207 BHP giving a power to weight ratio of 6kg/HP the SZ is certainly no slouch. Top speed is 245 km/h and 0-100 km/h is over in less than 7 seconds. Best of all is however the road holding. The suspension was taken from the Alfa 75 IMSA Group A race car and modified by Giorgio Pianta the manager of Lancia and Fiats works rally team with extensive use of rose joints and other race car technology.”

Classic Driver.

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